Vitals, a national health care incentive and engagement program, researched the top 200 American cities to find out which metros have access to the best and worst pediatric care.
According to a new 2017 Vitals Access to Pediatricians report, Aurora, Illinois ranked #1 in the nation.
When creating the list of America's Top Cities for Access to Pediatric Care, Vitals analyzed the number of pediatricians available in each city on a per-capita basis for their under-18 population. Patient-reported metrics such as ease of getting an appointment, pediatrician ratings, and wait times were also factored into the final rankings.
"When a child is ill, the primary concern for parents is getting quick access to quality care," said Mitch Rothschild, Founder and Executive Chairman of Vitals. "Vitals not only helps consumers find top-rated pediatricians near their homes, but also make informed decisions, relying on the wisdom of others who've contributed to the 9 million patient ratings and reviews on the site."
Quality pediatric services in Aurora are provided by a range of medical professionals with world-class partnerships, including Rush Copley Hospital and its connection with Rush University Children's Hospital; Presence Health and its collaboration with the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; and the multiple locations of VNA Healthcare in Aurora.
"Pediatric health care is a primary building block for lifelong success," said Trish Rooney, Executive Director of Strong Prepared and Ready for Kindergarten (SPARK). "We have a strong network of early childhood providers in Aurora, and our healthcare providers are integral members of the community. It is great to know they are leading the way and setting the standard for pediatric health care for the entire country."
The other top cities in America are 2) Madison, Wisconsin, 3) Grand Rapids, Michigan, 4) Minneapolis, Minnesota, 5) Rochester, New York, 6) Saint Paul, Minnesota, 7) Cleveland, Ohio, 8) Salt Lake City, Utah, 9) Cincinnati, Ohio and 10) Akron, Ohio.