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Posted on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 10:47 a.m.

Parents magazine names C.S. Mott Children's Hospital among top 10 in U.S.

By Amy Biolchini


The University of Michigan Health System opened the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in December 2011.

Joseph Tobianski | file photo

Parents magazine has named the University of Michigan Health System's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital among the top 10 children's hospitals in the country, officials announced Monday morning.

The hospital moved its operations to a brand-new $754 million, 1.1 million-square-foot facility in December 2011 -- an expansion of research, specialty services and patient amenities that administrators say garnered them a top spot on the Parents magazine list at number eight:

  • 1. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • 2. Boston Children’s Hospital
  • 3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • 4. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 5. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
  • 6. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • 7. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
  • 8. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor
  • 9. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • 10. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Prior to opening the new facility, Mott's ranking on the Parents magazine list was in the upper 20s and lower 30s, said Dr. Chris Dickinson, interim executive director of Mott.

The jump to the number eight spot on the Parents magazine list came sooner than health system administrators anticipated, Dickinson said, calling the ranking a “remarkable achievement.” Dickinson said he thought it would take five to six years before receiving that kind of national recognition.

Hospitals were ranked by the editors of Parents based on the following: Rates of survival for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, experience in performing complex procedures, depth of research programs, safeguards to prevent medical errors, staging ratios, community outreach and services that address the emotional needs of families and patients.

The results of the Parents magazine survey will appear in the March 2013 issue, which hits newsstands Feb. 12.


The banner announcing C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's new top ranking that was unveiled Monday morning in the hospital's lobby.

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Monday morning in the lobby of C.S. Mott, Dickinson unveiled a new sign announcing the ranking to patients and visitors to the hospital in front of a small crowd of hospital staff. It's the first time the hospital has had a banner and a ceremony announcing the new ranking, said Loree Collett, associate hospital director at Mott.

Collett said the upgraded Parents magazine ranking is a return on U-M’s investment in the new C.S. Mott facility in terms of reputation and national awareness.

Before moving to the new building at the end off 2011, UMHS’ Mott hospital was in a facility that wasn’t as accommodating to parents as they would have liked, Collett said.

The new 348-bed facility has all private patient rooms and on-demand meal services -a contributing factor to increased patient satisfaction scores, Collett said.

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is a leader at the University of Michigan in National Institutes of Health-funded research, Dickinson said. The national recognition from Parents magazine will also help researchers at Mott gain an additional edge in research grant proposals, Collett said.

The number 8 spot will also help the children’s hospital recruit top doctors, Dickinson said.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 6:55 p.m.

I knew about the one in Pittsburgh. Now I guess we can dd Mott to the list.


Tue, Feb 5, 2013 : 2:36 a.m.

If you are somebody who is unfortunate enough to have to make regularly scheduled, bi-monthly or more trips to Mott, due to your child's chronic disease, you really appreciate everything they have to offer. For a child who knows the inside of the hospital way better than you ever hoped they wouldn't, it is a God-send. The doctors, nurses, technicians, and research assistants do such a good job of putting everybody at ease and making them feel comfortable. They care. They are experts. The "extras" in the architecture and decor help distract. The health checks and stickers when you enter, while a little annoying, help you know that your child's health matters. It is a hospital with the typical difficulties that come with the bureaucracy of a large organization. But, when you get past that, the individual matters. As a parent of both a child with Crohn's Disease and a child with PTSD who has been to UofM's emergency psyc, I only wish that Mott's also had better accomodations for children who are in psychological distress.

Dog Guy

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 11:20 p.m.

Considering that U. of M. now owns the city, Ann Arbor has made it onto another top-ten list.

Amy Biolchini

Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

The top five children's hospitals named in this Parents magazine ranking were announced on the Today show this morning.


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 4:58 p.m.

return on investment? ROI attempts to measure the profitability of an investment the only way the children's hospital operates is by sucking money from the rest of the UMHS enterprise. ROI= (gain from investment - cost of investment)/cost of investment Return on investment is a simple, versatile metric. If an investment does not have a positive ROI, or in comparison to other opportunities with a higher ROI, if finances are the only consideration the investment should be restructured to improve its financial viability. There are many empty unused rooms in the children's hospital while there is no room at the adult hospital and business is being turned away from the adult ER. Don't confusion a magazine ranking with ROI. ROI is a financial metric. The magazine ranking is nice public relations, but it is not a ROI. For the magazine ranking to be equated with ROI, then there would need to be a statement like, "since the move to the new hospital, we are operating at a higher profit margin" or "along with the higher ranking, we see a rise in net income." neither statement is true.


Mon, Feb 4, 2013 : 4:48 p.m.

We are blessed to live here.