Top 75 Social Media Friendly Children’s Hospitals for 2014

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TOP75_CHILDREN'S_HOSPITALSHow can social media help the staff of a children’s hospital connect with its patients? By providing a way to share stories that get patients (and their parents) emotionally involved. Like the story about Gabby, a researcher at St. Jude who is also a former St. Jude patient. Gabby is a childhood cancer survivor, and she is determined to help other kids beat cancer too. Every hospital has inspirational stories to share, whether it is the employee who goes the extra mile or the patient who brightens everyone’s day in spite of enduring extreme physical and emotional trauma.

In addition to sharing human-interest stories, the hospital’s staff can use social media accounts to share information about fundraisers, advancements in research, new treatments and facilities, and other hospital news.

Because we believe it is extremely important for children’s hospitals to engage with the public through social media, the staff here at NurseJournal.org has evaluated the social media presence of children’s hospital all over the country to determine which hospitals are best at using their Facebook and Twitter accounts to connect with their patients. The top 75 are listed below, along with their scores. There were 100 points possible, 50 for Facebook and 50 for Twitter.

If your hospital is one of the top 75, feel free to display the badge above on your website and social media accounts.

91.0
Score
#1 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
TN > Memphis
1,684,447
Likes/Fans
54,934
Checkins
103,415
Talking About
4,996
Tweets
358,000
Followers
484
Following
2,237
Listed
86.2
Score
#2 Boston Children’s Hospital
MA > Boston
741,178
Likes/Fans
104,902
Checkins
12,426
Talking About
4,926
Tweets
29,434
Followers
3,222
Following
832
Listed
85.3
Score
#3 Nationwide Children’s Hospital
OH > Columbus
172,590
Likes/Fans
103,911
Checkins
4,749
Talking About
10,663
Tweets
11,853
Followers
8,846
Following
341
Listed
85.2
Score
#4 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
GA > Atlanta
147,651
Likes/Fans
44,295
Checkins
169,042
Talking About
4,702
Tweets
15,503
Followers
3,822
Following
291
Listed
83.6
Score
#5 Seattle Children’s Hospital
WA > Seattle
104,597
Likes/Fans
75,652
Checkins
4,492
Talking About
4,263
Tweets
49,459
Followers
1,349
Following
939
Listed
83.6
Score
#6 Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
PA > Philadelphia
75,317
Likes/Fans
102,212
Checkins
6,987
Talking About
4,111
Tweets
24,799
Followers
2,482
Following
553
Listed
82.5
Score
#7 Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
MN > Minneapolis
147,301
Likes/Fans
13,313
Checkins
5,779
Talking About
6,374
Tweets
11,165
Followers
3,801
Following
437
Listed
82.3
Score
#8 Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
WI > Milwaukee
51,870
Likes/Fans
65,903
Checkins
6,275
Talking About
3,761
Tweets
11,678
Followers
1,254
Following
382
Listed
82.1
Score
#9 Children’s Health
TX > Dallas
37,333
Likes/Fans
154,527
Checkins
3,317
Talking About
6,133
Tweets
15,583
Followers
3,466
Following
458
Listed
82.0
Score
#10 Children’s of Alabama
AL > Birmingham
51,890
Likes/Fans
90,613
Checkins
3,413
Talking About
2,313
Tweets
8,187
Followers
2,681
Following
288
Listed
81.5
Score
#11 Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
TN > Nashville
131,496
Likes/Fans
79,407
Checkins
6,488
Talking About
6,893
Tweets
9,943
Followers
838
Following
328
Listed
80.4
Score
#12 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
OH > Cincinnati
49,802
Likes/Fans
97,884
Checkins
2,960
Talking About
3,911
Tweets
12,569
Followers
705
Following
293
Listed
79.7
Score
#13 Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
MO > Kansas City
36,277
Likes/Fans
77,059
Checkins
3,010
Talking About
4,697
Tweets
10,354
Followers
1,912
Following
334
Listed
79.6
Score
#14 Texas Children’s Hospital
TX > Houston
38,580
Likes/Fans
125,633
Checkins
4,218
Talking About
6,700
Tweets
13,671
Followers
738
Following
354
Listed
79.3
Score
#15 Cook Children’s Medical Center
TX > Fort Worth
36,552
Likes/Fans
53,972
Checkins
5,265
Talking About
4,882
Tweets
8,535
Followers
1,234
Following
244
Listed
78.9
Score
#16 Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
TN > Memphis
83,697
Likes/Fans
68,577
Checkins
3,954
Talking About
3,640
Tweets
8,291
Followers
549
Following
262
Listed
78.1
Score
#17 St. Louis Children’s Hospital
MO > Saint Louis
54,443
Likes/Fans
74,675
Checkins
1,111
Talking About
5,704
Tweets
11,673
Followers
7,908
Following
483
Listed
77.9
Score
#18 Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
CA > Los Angeles
32,143
Likes/Fans
43,524
Checkins
2,749
Talking About
10,778
Tweets
19,956
Followers
1,233
Following
535
Listed
76.4
Score
#19 Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford
CA > Palo Alto
300,963
Likes/Fans
59,531
Checkins
1,669
Talking About
2,309
Tweets
8,116
Followers
787
Following
291
Listed
76.4
Score
#20 Miami Children’s Hospital
FL > Miami
112,589
Likes/Fans
37,232
Checkins
3,009
Talking About
4,821
Tweets
17,763
Followers
191
Following
250
Listed
76.2
Score
#21 Children’s Hospital Central California
CA > Madera
33,529
Likes/Fans
95,834
Checkins
4,156
Talking About
5,836
Tweets
11,914
Followers
662
Following
435
Listed
75.6
Score
#22 Phoenix Children’s Hospital
AZ > Phoenix
34,582
Likes/Fans
111,195
Checkins
2,080
Talking About
1,855
Tweets
19,429
Followers
2,092
Following
697
Listed
75.5
Score
#23 Children’s National Medical Center
DC > Washington
32,418
Likes/Fans
26,162
Checkins
2,004
Talking About
4,536
Tweets
26,626
Followers
2,850
Following
897
Listed
75.1
Score
#24 Children’s Hospital Colorado
CO > Aurora
28,365
Likes/Fans
30,976
Checkins
3,218
Talking About
3,477
Tweets
14,368
Followers
1,082
Following
495
Listed
74.2
Score
#25 Arkansas Children’s Hospital
AR > Little Rock
132,785
Likes/Fans
31,589
Checkins
3,055
Talking About
1,271
Tweets
10,216
Followers
439
Following
321
Listed
73.4
Score
#26 Dayton Children’s Hospital
OH > Dayton
32,901
Likes/Fans
35,969
Checkins
1,474
Talking About
7,003
Tweets
6,938
Followers
2,992
Following
305
Listed
73.3
Score
#27 Shriners Hospitals for Children
FL > Tampa
604,875
Likes/Fans
0
Checkins
19,728
Talking About
4,615
Tweets
10,480
Followers
1,935
Following
350
Listed
71.9
Score
#28 Children’s Hospital of Michigan
MI > Detroit
69,212
Likes/Fans
52,914
Checkins
826
Talking About
1,293
Tweets
7,667
Followers
3,393
Following
247
Listed
71.5
Score
#29 Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
IL > Chicago
24,205
Likes/Fans
45,451
Checkins
2,330
Talking About
2,373
Tweets
12,046
Followers
1,258
Following
419
Listed
70.9
Score
#30 Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
PA > Pittsburgh
39,705
Likes/Fans
77,580
Checkins
1,341
Talking About
3,367
Tweets
12,372
Followers
250
Following
368
Listed
70.4
Score
#31 Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
MI > Grand Rapids
78,309
Likes/Fans
45,979
Checkins
3,860
Talking About
2,355
Tweets
4,114
Followers
638
Following
144
Listed
68.8
Score
#32 All Children’s Hospital
FL > Saint Petersburg
119,518
Likes/Fans
66,845
Checkins
3,852
Talking About
1,791
Tweets
4,453
Followers
233
Following
171
Listed
68.3
Score
#33 Primary Children’s Hospital
UT > Salt Lake City
56,532
Likes/Fans
51,782
Checkins
2,148
Talking About
2,783
Tweets
3,124
Followers
1,407
Following
133
Listed
66.9
Score
#34 Riley Hospital for Children
IN > Indianapolis
31,936
Likes/Fans
88,588
Checkins
1,128
Talking About
1,738
Tweets
12,045
Followers
656
Following
375
Listed
66.2
Score
#35 Akron Children’s Hospital
OH > Akron
22,652
Likes/Fans
32,713
Checkins
2,012
Talking About
6,354
Tweets
6,740
Followers
470
Following
240
Listed
65.3
Score
#36 Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
MN > Saint Paul
64,472
Likes/Fans
12,668
Checkins
651
Talking About
3,354
Tweets
3,931
Followers
1,502
Following
147
Listed
64.2
Score
#37 Rady Children’s Hospital
CA > San Diego
21,984
Likes/Fans
104,654
Checkins
1,439
Talking About
2,373
Tweets
4,971
Followers
2,458
Following
180
Listed
63.4
Score
#38 Kosair Children’s Hospital
KY > Louisville
45,409
Likes/Fans
67,963
Checkins
1,603
Talking About
2,860
Tweets
3,659
Followers
306
Following
136
Listed
63.1
Score
#39 Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children
MS > Jackson
35,878
Likes/Fans
34,698
Checkins
1,649
Talking About
2,995
Tweets
3,782
Followers
813
Following
122
Listed
62.9
Score
#40 East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
TN > Knoxville
35,625
Likes/Fans
24,704
Checkins
864
Talking About
3,391
Tweets
5,121
Followers
567
Following
127
Listed
60.3
Score
#41 University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
IA > Iowa City
81,793
Likes/Fans
19,242
Checkins
2,487
Talking About
1,539
Tweets
3,131
Followers
330
Following
98
Listed
58.4
Score
#42 Children’s Hospital of Orange County
CA > Orange
54,650
Likes/Fans
0
Checkins
851
Talking About
4,002
Tweets
8,423
Followers
166
Following
201
Listed
54.2
Score
#43 Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
MD > Baltimore
15,743
Likes/Fans
25,290
Checkins
889
Talking About
1,841
Tweets
6,271
Followers
172
Following
234
Listed
52.5
Score
#44 Hasbro Children’s Hospital
RI > Providence
8,507
Likes/Fans
2,746
Checkins
464
Talking About
18,414
Tweets
5,580
Followers
2,776
Following
247
Listed
51.3
Score
#45 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital
CA > San Francisco
12,089
Likes/Fans
18,442
Checkins
1,419
Talking About
739
Tweets
5,572
Followers
1,176
Following
68
Listed
51.0
Score
#46 Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
FL > Orlando
35,852
Likes/Fans
50,187
Checkins
1,045
Talking About
1,584
Tweets
1,993
Followers
1,975
Following
34
Listed
50.6
Score
#47 C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
MI > Ann Arbor
24,997
Likes/Fans
40,433
Checkins
6,866
Talking About
1,228
Tweets
2,568
Followers
721
Following
43
Listed
49.9
Score
#48 Children’s Hospital, New Orleans
LA > New Orleans
20,698
Likes/Fans
58,414
Checkins
1,405
Talking About
343
Tweets
4,210
Followers
330
Following
188
Listed
49.5
Score
#49 Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
VA > Norfolk
12,428
Likes/Fans
28,864
Checkins
685
Talking About
3,182
Tweets
4,354
Followers
633
Following
136
Listed
48.5
Score
#50 UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
CA > Oakland
9,072
Likes/Fans
18,052
Checkins
724
Talking About
1,372
Tweets
11,596
Followers
54
Following
372
Listed
47.5
Score
#51 Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital
SC > Charleston
12,250
Likes/Fans
18,349
Checkins
304
Talking About
1,434
Tweets
5,348
Followers
399
Following
166
Listed
47.0
Score
#52 Golisano Children’s Hospital
NY > Rochester
24,058
Likes/Fans
11,937
Checkins
922
Talking About
2,390
Tweets
1,970
Followers
945
Following
78
Listed
45.8
Score
#53 SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center
MO > Saint Louis
11,894
Likes/Fans
46,943
Checkins
930
Talking About
3,900
Tweets
2,809
Followers
852
Following
108
Listed
45.7
Score
#54 Advocate Children’s Hospital
IL > Park Ridge
9,442
Likes/Fans
0
Checkins
53
Talking About
3,685
Tweets
6,017
Followers
3,027
Following
197
Listed
45.6
Score
#55 Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent
IN > Indianapolis
11,831
Likes/Fans
19,269
Checkins
583
Talking About
4,456
Tweets
3,244
Followers
1,754
Following
72
Listed
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Score
#56 MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital
TX > Houston
3,319
Likes/Fans
3,542
Checkins
109
Talking About
990
Tweets
5,781
Followers
1,084
Following
184
Listed
44.4
Score
#57 Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
VA > Richmond
13,289
Likes/Fans
3,653
Checkins
727
Talking About
1,901
Tweets
3,207
Followers
1,398
Following
132
Listed
43.9
Score
#58 Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
OH > Cleveland
9,705
Likes/Fans
22,209
Checkins
1,383
Talking About
2,743
Tweets
2,421
Followers
1,080
Following
49
Listed
43.7
Score
#59 Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
CT > Hartford
5,778
Likes/Fans
13,244
Checkins
529
Talking About
2,081
Tweets
3,928
Followers
2,682
Following
81
Listed
43.3
Score
#60 Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
MA > Boston
1,878
Likes/Fans
91
Checkins
36
Talking About
4,926
Tweets
29,434
Followers
3,222
Following
832
Listed
41.8
Score
#61 Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial Regional Hospital
FL > Hollywood
82,289
Likes/Fans
39,437
Checkins
990
Talking About
949
Tweets
627
Followers
350
Following
9
Listed
41.5
Score
#62 Wolfson Children’s Hospital
FL > Jacksonville
10,134
Likes/Fans
49,549
Checkins
1,982
Talking About
1,751
Tweets
1,725
Followers
2,001
Following
23
Listed
40.9
Score
#63 Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center
NC > Durham
9,014
Likes/Fans
17,129
Checkins
773
Talking About
2,165
Tweets
3,125
Followers
317
Following
140
Listed
39.4
Score
#64 Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
RI > Providence
10,573
Likes/Fans
29,393
Checkins
660
Talking About
2,079
Tweets
2,122
Followers
1,354
Following
52
Listed
38.5
Score
#65 Nemours Children’s Health System
DE > Wilmington
13,214
Likes/Fans
0
Checkins
720
Talking About
2,091
Tweets
4,006
Followers
679
Following
168
Listed
36.3
Score
#66 St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
PA > Philadelphia
9,122
Likes/Fans
53,114
Checkins
582
Talking About
1,526
Tweets
1,878
Followers
937
Following
70
Listed
35.5
Score
#67 Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
OR > Portland
6,542
Likes/Fans
20,099
Checkins
1,257
Talking About
1,742
Tweets
1,351
Followers
1,702
Following
32
Listed
35.3
Score
#68 Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center
NY > Valhalla
4,034
Likes/Fans
9,014
Checkins
267
Talking About
663
Tweets
4,002
Followers
171
Following
165
Listed
34.8
Score
#69 Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital & Health Center
WA > Tacoma
20,154
Likes/Fans
26,818
Checkins
1,418
Talking About
1,098
Tweets
987
Followers
133
Following
62
Listed
33.7
Score
#70 University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital
MN > Minneapolis
7,715
Likes/Fans
17,667
Checkins
976
Talking About
1,118
Tweets
1,934
Followers
674
Following
63
Listed
33.6
Score
#71 Blythedale Children’s Hospital
NY > Valhalla
1,289
Likes/Fans
867
Checkins
20
Talking About
1,343
Tweets
7,196
Followers
79
Following
240
Listed
33.5
Score
#72 American Family Children’s Hospital
WI > Madison
16,060
Likes/Fans
15,309
Checkins
323
Talking About
1,732
Tweets
1,374
Followers
332
Following
83
Listed
33.5
Score
#73 Franciscan Hospital for Children
MA > Brighton
3,300
Likes/Fans
1,986
Checkins
99
Talking About
2,492
Tweets
2,881
Followers
1,207
Following
114
Listed
32.8
Score
#74 Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital
CA > Long Beach
3,736
Likes/Fans
9,075
Checkins
562
Talking About
2,565
Tweets
1,377
Followers
862
Following
47
Listed
32.8
Score
#75 Driscoll Children’s Hospital
TX > Corpus Christi
3,304
Likes/Fans
18,151
Checkins
470
Talking About
495
Tweets
3,793
Followers
62
Following
131
Listed

While doing the research for this article, we noticed many children’s hospitals that didn’t have Twitter accounts. A surprising number barely had a web presence at all, with just a one-page overview on the parent hospital’s site. If your hospital wasn’t one of the top 75 this year, you should consider whether your social media presence is meeting your needs. Which social media sites does your hospital use? Should you consider adding more? Are you meeting the expectations and needs of your audience with your current social media strategy? The answers to these questions will help you determine what, if anything, you need to do differently. And maybe we’ll see you on next year’s list.

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