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CHOP The Best Healthcare for Your Child

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania so of course, I have been familiar with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, known as CHOP all my life. As a child whenever we had to go to the hospital my mother took us to CHOP. Therefore, it was no surprise that my first choice in hospitals with my own children is The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP’s main campus has grown quite a bit since my childhood visits. It is now a growing network of facilities and resources created to provide exceptional healthcare services to all children, for every possible need.

Whether it’s a bump on the head, a broken bone, outpatient surgery, ongoing care of asthma or allergies, or a visit at home, you can turn to CHOP with confidence. The CHOP experts treat the common conditions of childhood, and offer regular well care when there’s nothing that needs treating! The first time I rushed my oldest daughter to CHOP’s main campus was 20 years ago when she was only a few months old.

She was swinging in a basket swing and all of the sudden she took a deep breath and after that I thought she couldn’t breathe. My husband and I rushed to take her to a nearby hospital who evaluated her and told us to take her to CHOP which was only 5 minutes away. The doctors at CHOP did tests and examined my daughter. Long story short, the only thing that was wrong with her was that she had gas, lots and lots of gas!

Later when my children experienced sprained ankles, twisted knees or headaches our pediatrician sent us to CHOP. CHOP is designed with children in mind. More recently, my son hurt his knee when he jumped off a sliding board bridge.



When we walked, or rolled down the halls to get to see the orthopedic specialists the walls on the way to the Wood Building were covered with photos of children and stories of their successful treatment at CHOP. All the waiting rooms are child-friendly from the colors on the walls to the computers, televisions and child-sized tables and chairs. My children always felt comfortable and at ease at CHOP. When my son broke his cast playing football, (yes with the cast on he still played football) the doctors and staff at CHOP gave him a new cast in the color of his choice with no complaints. They joked with him and made him feel comfortable and at ease all through the treatment process.

No parent wants to have to go to the hospital with her child. But, if you have to go to the hospital you can feel safe in your decision to choose CHOP. It is one of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in the United States (by U.S. News and World Report) and is the highest ranked children’s hospital in the region. This means your child will get the best care possible from people who focus only on making children feel better. Another great benefit of CHOP is that there are more than 50 locations providing primary care, specialty care, outpatient surgery and urgent care, as well as community hospital partnerships – which makes it easier for parents to access the right care in the right place.

I have been to the main hospital, as well as the location on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia and the specialty center in King of Prussia. My family and I are watching the new CHOP center in our Bryn Mawr neighborhood be built. We walk by and check the progress of construction every few days.

When you talk to the doctors and staff at the main CHOP location, they tell you that when your child receives primary care from a CHOP pediatrician, you’ll be just a referral way from CHOP’s suburban Specialty Care Centers where our pediatric specialists provide the same level of care you’d find at our Main Hospital. I can attest that this is true. My son could not complete the MRI test at the main hospital building. He tried but the machine was scary. Even with the movies the staff put on inside the machine, he just could not complete the test. The staff was patient with him and worked calmly and sweetly to help him. It was all to no avail, he just could not complete the test. We were referred to the King of Prussia location where he was able to have the MRI completed while he slept. He left the test feeling comfortable, at ease and like a winner.

So, remember, whether you need routine medical treatment or specialty care, there is a CHOP specialist available to help you.

Janeane Davis

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  • I hate when my kids get hurt. Its always nice to have a place geared just towards kids to take them to though.

  • Yes, the hospital is all about the kids. It is a great thing. The kids are scared and aggravated enough when they show up. It is important to give them a good atmosphere for care, treatment and recovery.

  • I love that the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has all the photos from the patients. It sounds like a great hospital.

    • When you walk through the walkway between the buildings and see the happy endings, it makes you feel great!

  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia sounds like a great hospital. It must be a relief to have a great hospital so close by.

    • It does help you live with a sense of comfort knowing that great care is right around the corner.

  • CHOP certainly sounds like a great option for people. It's really awesome that they make kids feel comfortable there.

    • The kids do feel comfy there because it is obvious that everything is all about them.

  • So glad that you are sharing this with so many families who need it. Finding good care can be so stressful.

    • Finding good healthcare is stressful. It is comforting to know that the hospital my mom trusted for my siblings and I is still a reliable source of health care.

  • Sounds like a great hospital. I love how child friendly they are!

    • Yes, the child friendly rooms, decorations, color and staff are all wonderful.

  • That sounds like a great place for families. That's great to hear that they're so close to you. I wish there was one closer to me.

    • The main hospital is close, but even better is the fact that there are satellite offices all around the area that are still connected.

  • I think having a reliable pediatric hospital is a must! I do not know what we would do without our's!

    • Yes, we have had the same pediatrician for 20 years. She is not at CHOP, but when things are serious, she sends us there for testing, care and treatment.

  • CHOP sounds like a really great place to get medical care for kids. It's so scary when they're hurt or sick and so much easier when you can feel confident in where you are taking them.

    • Yes, when the parents are confident with the people providing the care, the confidence is passed on to the children.

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