Inquirer staff writer Josh Goldstein reports:

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been ranked as the nation’s top pediatric medical center by the magazine Parents.

The hospital known simply as CHOP has been routinely rated the top rated children’s hospital by various studies ..

The ranking by parents rated each of the nation’s pediatric hospitals using a 250-question survey that included survival rates, the number of complex procedures, the research conducted, and efforts to prevent medical errors.

“In unit after unit, there are out-of-town children with kidney failure or heart problems — kids whose hometown doctors said they couldn't do more,” the magazine said of CHOP.

The families of those children with those diseases came to the hospital in hopes of a different answer and in most cases CHOP delivered, Parents said.

For example, 90 percent of the children who had a risky heart operation survived. Some 80 percent of premature babies weighing between between 1 pound and 1.5 pounds were able to go home, the magazine said.

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