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Paper Trail: Pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, intestinal-failure outcomes data and more

clinical research

Boston Children’s Hospital is at the forefront of clinical research. Stay connected and read about some of our recently published clinical research in Paper Trail — a timely and informative feature highlighting outcomes data and new approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pediatric illnesses.

This edition of Paper Trail focuses on intestinal-failure outcomes data, pneumonia-examination accuracy data, sexual and reproductive health behaviors of young women with cystic fibrosis, and trends in Medicaid-insured children with high frequency Emergency Department use.

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Do hospital rankings matter?

Sree Bhagwat in the lobby of Boston Children's Hospital.
Bhagwat in the lobby of Boston Children’s Hospital

Everyone who works in health care is familiar with U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals rankings. But the methods behind the numbers can seem complex and mysterious, even secretive. What do rankings really tell us about the quality of health care at various institutions? Are they even helpful? Do they impact care?

Sree Bhagwat, a senior marketing analyst at Boston Children’s Hospital who manages the hospital’s data collection and reporting to U.S. News, says “yes.”

“It’s not just about competition,” says Bhagwat. “It’s about improving the standards of health care everywhere. The rankings process reveals important metrics that can drive improvements in national health care. Data points are driven by expert clinicians who serve on the numerous U.S. News committees.”

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A message of gratitude: 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 thanks to all of you, Boston Children’s Hospital has once again been named the #1 children’s hospital in the nation.

We know how much these results mean to you when deciding to partner with us in caring for your patients and families — particularly when they need to travel great distances. This ranking is a testament to your partnership and the trust that you and your families have placed in us. We will never stop striving to earn that trust, and we will always provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for all families, whether they’re coming from just down the street or from across our global community.

While we can’t capture all of the moments that went into this ranking, we’ve created this video to give you just a taste of what can happen when all of us — researchers, clinicians, administrators, support staff, innovators, patients and families — strive together to make the impossible possible.

For all you do, for your families and for the Community of Care that we have built together, thank you.


Warmest regards,

Sandra L. Fenwick

President and CEO


Kevin B. Churchwell

EVP of Health Affairs and COO

Noteworthy: B. Heidi Ellis, PhD, honored for pioneering work with refugee children

Caring for refugee children

Refugee children and teens are an especially vulnerable population. Many of them experience trauma, either in war-torn home countries or during flight. And when they arrive in the U.S., refugee families continue to face stressors that make healthy adjustment difficult, including poverty and discrimination. These and other stressors can contribute to mental health issues, and cultural barriers, stigma and a lack of knowledge about mental health services make these issues harder to treat.

In partnership with refugee communities and agencies, Boston Children’s Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center (RTRC), under the guidance of Director, B. Heidi Ellis, PhD, develops prevention and intervention programs, conducts research, and develops resources to assist refugee families and providers serving refugee populations. RTRC staff regularly provide training and consultation on refugee youth mental health across the country, reaching more than 850 providers in the past six months.

In recognition of her pioneering work with refugee children and teens, Ellis was awarded Boston Children’s 2017 David S. Weiner Award for Leadership and Innovation in Child Health — an award honoring the exceptional work of an employee, health care provider or faculty. …Read More