Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Our Trusted Link for November 2021


Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In 1855, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) became the first hospital in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to the treatment of children. Now it's a worldwide leader in pediatric research, focused on translating research into pediatric care. 

In the U.S. News Hospital Ranking, CHOP is the nation's #2 children's hospital and #1 in the nation for pediatric treatment of cancer, diabetes, and orthopedics. In 1877, CHOP offered the first formal pediatrics training in the U.S. In 1919, it affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (now Perelman). The CHOP Research Institute employs thousands of scientists working in four areas: 

  • rare and complex diseases
  • novel therapeutics and devices
  • precision (individualized) health
  • "lifespan research" which studies the fetal to adult health continuum.


1872 - Children's Seashore House was opened to provide rehabilitative care for children. 

1914 - The nation's first Department for the Prevention of Disease was established. 

1923 - First whooping cough vaccine developed. Later vaccines were developed for mumps, influenza and rotavirus.

1937 - First closed incubator of newborns was used. 

1962 - Nation's first neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) was opened by then surgeon-in-chief Dr. C. Everett Koop. 

1974 - The first Ronald McDonald House opened for parents traveling to obtain medical services for a child. 

Vaccine Education Center

Launched in 2000, the VEC produces and distributes accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. In addition to an enormous and well-organized web site, the Center sends out speakers, performs webinars, distributes newsletters, videos, brochures, and flyers. For educating children and teens, they have created two games, Vax Pack Hero and "Just the Vax" trivia contest

CHOP Publications

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Play Vax Pack Hero

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