Quality & Patient Safety
At Children’s Health℠, we conceptualize, evaluate, and continuously work to improve quality from the perspective of what is most important to you: “Keep me safe, Heal me, and Be nice to me.”
Keep me safe
Your child’s safety is as important to us as it is to you. Safety is our top-priority, whether it be free car seat safety checks or safety related to care received at any of our facilities. Our patient safety program, YES to Safety. NO Exceptions. will be part of your experience the moment you interact with Children’s Health.
We are all unique and we want to make sure we are dealing with the right person. Whether you are making an appointment or we are giving your child a medication, we have processes in place to make sure we are dealing with the correct patient. While these extra steps may seem redundant at times, please be patient and know they are in place to keep you and your child safe.
Proper Hand hygiene is the #1 way to prevent the spread of germs. Every staff member and physician is expected to clean their hands upon entering and exiting a patient room. You are part of our team. Join us by washing your hands or using the alcohol based foam sanitizer in the same manner. If we forget to perform this simple task, please remind us.
We Are All One Team
Parents know their children best. If something doesn’t seem right, speak up. We value your input and will work with you to ensure we are providing the best care possible.
Our mission is “to make life better for children.” Our goal is to optimizing outcomes and maximizing wellness. As one of the nation’s leading health care systems, we monitor our performance carefully and constantly strive to improve.
Children’s Health was the first pediatric hospital in the United States to have eight disease-specific management programs certified by The Joint Commission.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Because our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) meets the highest quality for NICU programs, it’s been designated a Level IV NICU.
- Children's is designated as a level I trauma center by the American College of Surgeons.
- Children’s Health Transport Services was the first neonatal/pediatric transport team in the nation to be fully accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS) in ground ambulance, fixed wing and rotor wing services.
- The American Nurses Credentialing Center has given Children’s an elite Magnet hospital designation, the highest national recognition for quality nursing care.
- U.S. News & World Report regularly lists Children’s among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation and has ranked it among the best in all 10 specialties.
- Children’s Health was honored by the Healthy Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) with a Stage 7 Award, an honor acknowledging organizations that share and use patient data in a manner that improves process performance, quality of care, and patient safety.
- In addition to accrediting the hospital, the Joint Commission has awarded Children’s Health seven Disease-Specific Care Program Certifications: for The Pediatric Asthma Program, Dean Foods LEAN Families Program, the Diabetes Education Program, Fetal Heart, Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Comprehensive Eating Disorders Program. Each certification indicates a commitment to compliance with national standards, implementation of evidence-based guidelines, and performance improvement. No other pediatric hospital in the United States has more than two such certifications
Be Nice to Me
The patient and their family are at the center of everything we do. We are focused on not only ensuring your child’s safety, optimizing outcomes, and maximizing wellness, but also on your overall experience at Children’s Health. Your feedback is important to us. You may also receive surveys from us asking about your experience at Children’s Health. We want to thank you in advance for taking the time to complete these surveys.
Compliments and Concerns
We know that safety and quality are of the utmost importance to you. If you have any compliments or concerns about patient care and safety at Children's Health, you are encouraged to contact Children's Health management using the following contact information: ChildrensCareLine@childrens.com
If your concerns cannot be resolved at this level, you my choose to contact The Joint Commission directly using the following contact information:
Office of Quality and Patient Safety
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
The Joint Commission will acknowledge such requests in writing or by telephone and will inform the organization of the request for any interview. The organization will, in turn, notify the interviewee of the date, time, and place of the meeting.
This notice is posted in accordance with The Joint Commission's requirements.