Thank you for making Boston Children’s #1

The 2017-18 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings were released this morning, and Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the #1 children’s hospital in the nation.

The U.S. News rankings rely most heavily on outcomes. In other words, were we able to make a difference?

At Boston Children’s, that goal is what drives our researchers and innovators to seek answers for all our patients, from the complex to the common. We seek out cures for children with the rarest disorders, whose needs are unimaginable, whose chances of survival may be heartbreakingly low. We also wrestle with everyday conditions like asthma, diabetes, even the flu: Can we prevent them, can we minimize their impact on children’s lives?

This is a moment worth celebrating — but it’s also a moment to give thanks. To our clinicians who challenge the status quo, and then push the boundaries of what’s possible. To parents who increasingly work alongside us, pushing for answers. To a rising tide of biomedical advances — CRISPR, next-generation sequencing, cell therapy, big data analysis. To the young scientists who work, usually behind the scenes, to make things better. To our donors and investors who believe in the power of science and support our efforts.

We created this video to give a taste of what can happen when all of you strive together to make the impossible possible.

Thank you for making Boston Children’s #1.

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