Choosing the Best Hospital for Your Child

You want the best for your children, especially when they are sick or injured. Children's Hospital of Greenville Health System is dedicated to caring for children when they are sick or injured by providing them with outstanding medical care and treating the whole child.  We would like to offer you some helpful points for choosing the best hospital for your infant, youngster or adolescent.

Q. What's the difference between a "regular" hospital and a "children's" hospital?

A. Children are not pint-sized adults: Their still-developing bodies function differently and require specialized medical care, from diagnosis to recovery. Staff at a children's hospital are specially trained to work with young patients. From nurse to pharmacist and from anesthesiologist to surgeon, these medical professionals are knowledgeable about childhood illnesses, proper medication dosages, and treatment protocols. And they understand the emotional needs of young patients and their families. Specialized care can really make the difference when your child requires healthcare services.

Q. Is there evidence that a children's hospital is the preferred option?

A. Yes. Studies show that surgery and routine care provided at children's hospitals are safer with fewer complications and lower mortality rates than care given in adult hospital settings.

Q. What should I look for when choosing a children's hospital?

A. While there is no universal standard for determining quality, consider these key indicators:

Q. How does Children’s Hospital of Greenville Health System measure up in these categories?

A. Experience. Research confirms that the more procedures a physician or hospital performs, the better the results. No other hospital in the region treats more children than does Children’s Hospital. An estimated 150 board-certified physicians treat approximately 120,000 infants, children, and adolescents each year.

Credentials. Physician certification assures parents that doctors have completed an approved training program and an evaluation process assessing their ability to provide high-quality patient care in a medical specialty. Every physician on the medical staff at Children’s Hospital is board certified or eligible in pediatrics and/or pediatric subspecialties.

Comprehensive care. Board-certified physicians in more than 30 pediatric subspecialties – more than you’ll find at most major medical centers in the country – collaborate for optimal inpatient and outpatient care. In addition, pediatric radiologists and anesthesiologists are on-site around the clock.

With more than 100 beds, Children's Hospital provides a full continuum of care. Children's Hospital includes the Upstate’s only Children's Emergency Center; pediatric intensive care and hematology/oncology units; and the area's most advanced neonatal intensive care services.

Facilities. Physicians, nurses and other clinicians approach patient care through the eyes of a child. State-of-the-art medical equipment, such as low-dose radiation machines and small-sized instruments, mean advanced, appropriate care. Child Life specialists and other caring staff, along with whimsical décor, help minimize anxiety for children.

Patient satisfaction. For four years in a row, three out of four people surveyed have chosen Children’s Hospital as the region’s “Most Preferred Hospital” to care for a sick child, according to a leading consumer healthcare survey.

Research and education. Children's Hospital is advancing pediatric medicine through its residency programs and basic science research. In addition to a nine-member incoming class of Pediatric residents, the largest Medicine-Pediatrics residency program in the state is housed at Children’s Hospital. The pediatric faculty conducts basic and/or clinical research on diseases that affect children as well. This emphasis on research and education means that Greenville Health System physicians stay abreast of new treatments and technology, and that treatments may be available here that aren't readily available elsewhere.