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Hartford, CTConnecticut Children’s has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital for the 5th consecutive year by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.

“Our Best Children’s Hospitals award raises awareness of the top quality care offered for children. The best hospitals embrace families as an integral part of healthcare and improving children’s outcomes. ” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of the Women’s Choice Award.

“We found in our studies that 75% percent of women associate children’s hospitals with care for seriously ill children and nearly 50% of women are unfamiliar with the offerings of a children’s hospital,” said Passi.  “Our goal at the Women’s Choice Award is to help moms—and parents—make educated, confident decisions about where to take their children for a wide range of healthcare services.”

Connecticut Children’s was recognized as a hospital that has met the highest standards for childcare.

Additionally, Connecticut Children’s earned the Best Children’s Emergency Care Award for receiving a perfect score for the level of care and expertise offered in our Emergency Department.  This recognition is especially meaningful for Connecticut Children’s team members as they continue to tackle the challenges of the pandemic which include higher than average numbers of mental health patients.

“The pandemic has presented especially challenging and unique circumstances that no one anticipated early on. I couldn’t be more proud of our team members for the resilience and bravery they have demonstrated every single day. These two awards speak to their professionalism, their dedication to our patients and families and their strength to navigate a global pandemic and make numerous sacrifices to care for children,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President & CEO of Connecticut Children’s. “Connecticut Children’s is committed to being a trusted resource and dedicated health system for all children.  These awards recognize and validate that promise.”

The designation of Best Children’s Hospitals is based on a point system and self-reported data from almost 60 children’s hospitals in the nation.

It is our intent to identify children’s hospitals that mothers and fathers can take their children to with the expectation that they will receive excellent and comprehensive care. The award criteria examines five different facility areas to determine which hospital is eligible for the Women’s Choice Award.  These areas are Pediatric Services, Technology and Family Resources, Board- Certified Staff, Nurses and Support Staff and the facility’s Commitment to Quality.  0-5 points are assigned to each measure with the exception of NICU, which earns five points for a Level IV and two points for a Level 3.  Points for hospital staffing were assigned based on the number of beds per board-certified pediatric professional, with those having the least average beds scoring the most points.  Each of these results was also weighted based on the average beds per physician for all reporting hospitals.

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About Connecticut Children’s

Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and a Magnet® designated hospital. Connecticut Children’s provides more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs to uniquely care for the physical, social, and emotional needs of children. Our team of pediatric experts and care coordinators bring access to breakthrough research, advanced treatments for both rare and common diseases, and innovative health and safety programs to every child. Connecticut Children’s is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to improve access to healthcare for all children through convenient locations, care alliances and partnerships.


The Women’s Choice Award for Best Hospitals™ is a trusted referral source and coveted credential that identifies the nation’s best hospitals based on robust criteria that includes relevant clinical performance, patient satisfaction and appropriate accreditations. The Best Hospitals demonstrate exceptional ratings, providing the highest level of care and commitment to their patients’ health and well-being.  The Women’s Choice Award is the only designation that takes into consideration the preferences of women when selecting a hospital. Visit to learn more.