About Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital is dedicated to improving and advancing the health and well-being of children around the world through its life-changing work in clinical care, biomedical research, medical education and community engagement.

Boston Children's is ranked the number one pediatric hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It is home to the world's largest pediatric research enterprise, and it is the leading recipient of pediatric research funding from the National Institutes of Health. It is the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. Boston Children’s treats more children with rare diseases and complex conditions than any other hospital.

Vision & mission

For over 150 years, Boston Children's Hospital has maintained the same vision: to advance pediatric care worldwide. Our four-part mission is to:

  • provide the highest quality of health care
  • lead the way in research and discovery
  • educate the next generation of leaders in health care
  • enhance the health and well-being of the children and families in our local community
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Boston Children’s Hospital’s Declaration on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

Boston Children’s is dedicated to creating a culture where all patients, families, clinicians, researchers, staff, and communities feel empowered and supported. We are committed to working together to support health equity and promote anti-racist practices. This is not merely an aspirational goal, and in August 2020, we shared our formal Declaration on Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity that will be our guiding compass in making this goal a reality.

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Learn more about our commitment to LGBTQ Equality.

Learn more about our commitment to Supplier Diversity.

Collecting Race, Ethnicity, Language, and Education Level from Patients and Families

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we are committed to providing our patients the best health care. Getting to know the background and preferences of our patients helps us deliver high quality care.

Why are you collecting this information?
Who can see this information?
What will you do with this information?
What if I don’t want to share my child’s information with you?
Is this an immigration/citizenship question?
Can’t you tell by looking at me or my child?
What if I am more than one race?
What should I put if I’m an American?
Are other hospitals collecting this?
How are race and ethnicity related to my child’s health?

Our capacity

With more than 40 clinical departments and 258 specialized clinical programs, Boston Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States. We provide a complete range of health care services for children of all ages, and in some cases, we can offer fetal interventions and treatments for adults.

Learn more about our extensive expansion and renewal projects that will increase capacity and ensure the highest quality care for patients and families.


Whether you’re living in Boston, the suburbs or somewhere else in the Northeast, the world-class care of Boston Children’s Hospital is never far away. Boston Children’s is ranked the #1 children’s hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Families are always our #1 partners in care.

Patient and Family Experience Data

Boston Children’s Hospital is committed to better understanding and improving the experiences for our patients and families while at Boston Children’s. After a visit to Boston Children's you or your child might receive a survey by mail or email asking about your experience. Your feedback is important to us and helps us improve and provide the best care to all patients and families.

The Child HCAHPS survey is used by pediatric hospitals across the country. The data below shows how we do on the survey question “Would you recommend this hospital to your friends and family?” The data shown is a Top Box Score*. Top Box is the number of times we get the highest possible score on the survey question. In this case, it is the percent of times we received a “Definitely, yes” on whether someone would recommend Boston Children's.

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Our leadership

"The commitment and compassion with which we care for all children and families is matched only by the pioneering spirit of discovery and innovation that drives us to think differently, to find answers, and to build a better tomorrow for children everywhere."

- Kevin B. Churchwell, MD, President and CEO

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Our partnerships

We are proud to be the primary teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, and our Nursing Department partners with 27 schools of nursing throughout Massachusetts and New England.

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, an integrated pediatric hematology and oncology program through Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, provides – in one specialized program. We also maintain close working relationships with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and many other are hospitals in caring for our patients.

Quality and patient safety

At Boston Children's Hospital, a dedication to quality and patient safety is embedded in everything we do. We continuously measure and track our performance in order to improve the care we provide.


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Research at Boston Children’s

Boston Children's is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric hospital. More than 1,100 scientists comprise our research community, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 on-staff members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Current initiatives have attracted a record $225 million in annual funding, including more federal funding than any other pediatric facility.

The commitment and compassion with which we care for all children and families is matched only by the pioneering spirit of discovery and innovation that drives us to think differently, to find answers, and to build a better tomorrow for children everywhere.

Kevin B. Churchwell, President and CEO

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