Best Hospital Fan Pages – Nominate Your Favorites

by Brett Pollard on February 16, 2010

As a follow up to our 5 Best Facebook Medical Practice Fan Pages, we would like to recognize the best examples of hospital and healthcare system Facebook pages.  If you know of any great examples, please nominate them (including a link) in the comments section below.

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The winners will be divided up into three groups – small hospitals, large hospitals and healthcare systems.

Criteria for determining the winners:

  • Overall appearance of the page
  • Total number of fans
  • Content provided by the page administrators
  • Effective use of images and video
  • Dialogue on the fan page wall
  • Innovative concepts

All eligible nominations will be considered and the winners will be announced on Monday, February 22nd.

UPDATE (2/22/10): Thanks to everyone who responded to the nomination request.  After reviewing over 300 Facebook pages, we have decided to present the winners in a slightly different manner than originally intended.  The sites will be broken down into the following 4 categories:

  1. Individual hospitals
  2. Specialty hospitals
  3. Children’s hospitals
  4. Health systems

We are currently finalizing the lists and will be publishing the winners by category on each of the next 4 days.

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Jane Jones February 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville has the best page! They provide timely updates and information.

Natalie February 17, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Nancy Garrett February 17, 2010 at 2:42 pm

For sure BSA and Children’s Miracle Network in Amarillo, TX, it is just amazing what they do for all the kiddos.

Shaun February 17, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I am proud to nominate Amarillo, as everyday I hear about the wonderful things they are doing to help kids fight for their lives.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Childrens-Miracle-Network-Texas-Panhandle-and-High-Plains-Region/71487467416

Holly February 17, 2010 at 2:52 pm

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt does an awesome job of keeping its fans informed!

Phillip Platt February 17, 2010 at 2:53 pm

As a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner of Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital (BSA), I have the privilege to see the impact Children’s Miracle Network of the Texas Panhandle has on its community. They have rallied the community in many fundraiser endeavors. The equipment they purchase and donate to the NICU has a direct correlation with improved patient outcomes. The nurses and respiratory therapist work daily with advanced technology because of the generous giving of CMN. There funding has helped many families provide breast milk to their tiny babies by assisting them with breast pumps. CMN’s assistance for educational encouragement has provided many of the staff to attend neonatal conferences that correlates to better patient care. In my opinion, they have the best working relationship with BSA is meeting the needs of the children in the Texas panhandle. Because of CMN, hope is not lost, healing continues and miracles do happen.

Kerry Bradstreet February 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm

Awesome Page!!!Monroe Carell Jr Childrens Hospital At Vanderbilt

Shirley February 17, 2010 at 3:38 pm

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt’s Facebook page is well laid out and does a great job of posting updates and incorporating videos, pics, rss feeds, blog entries. The over 6,600 fans are engaging the posts via comments/like/sharing. The FB administrators do a wonderful job of informing Facebookers of the great work going on at a fantastic childrens hospital.

Barb McWethy February 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Angela February 17, 2010 at 4:32 pm

The BSA and Children’s Miracle Network partnership is a true blessing to the families of the Texas Panhandle. I am lucky to be able to hear the stories of these kiddos and the amazing attitudes they have about not Why Me? but instead I am lucky and I can beat this. The Facebook page and fan page inform us each day about getting involved with Children’s Miracle Network, what their wonderful national and local sponsors are doing for the community, and how families can share about their miracles.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Childrens-Miracle-Network-Texas-Panhandle-and-High-Plains-Region/71487467416

Brett Pollard February 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm

Thanks again to everyone for all of the comments. Please note that these are nominations and not votes. The winners will be determined by the merits of their Facebook pages only.

If you are mentioning a hospital fan page that has already been listed, it is not necessary to post it again as that page is already being considered.

Danny February 17, 2010 at 7:05 pm

St Jude Children’s Research Hospital has an excellent site!

Ashlee February 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Monroe Carell Jr. Hospital at Vanderbilt is the best! With out them I would not have my daughter!

Mary February 17, 2010 at 8:47 pm

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

http://www.facebook.com/childrenshospital

Stefanie February 18, 2010 at 8:08 am

Monroe Carell Jr Hospital at Vanderbilt. Nashville, TN has a great facebook page!

Maria Garofalo February 18, 2010 at 9:24 am

I will have to nominate Danbury Hospital for all of the free educational programs for the community. It is also a University Hospital with many programs. And when we thought it had reached its potential , it is ready to start to build a new tower with many more services for the community. Without a doubt it is one of top hospitals in the country. It is my nomination.

Caroline February 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt! The hospital’s facebook page is very informative – the updates are frequent and seem to be coming from a friendly person! Nearly 7,000 people have befriended the page, all without use of ads.

Anissa bARRETT February 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

VANDERBILT’S CHILDREN HOSPITAL FACEBOOK PAGE IS WONDERFUL!! LAST YEAR I WAS THERE FOR A MONTH WITH MY SON AND WHAT A BLESSING IT IS TO SEE THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING EVERYDAY AT THIS PLACE! I WILL BE COMING BACK IN APRIL AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE DOCTORS AND NURSES ALL OVER AGAIN. THEY TRUELLY ARE A GIFT FROM GOD!

Seth Bardsley February 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Without a doubt, Children’s Hospital Boston. There is so much helpful information, I got hooked during their H1N1 news but now go back to see what’s new, especially their recent Haiti updates were great!!! They always have the most helpful stories with a mix of blog posts, news updates, and really nice pictures and video. I saw a picture of a little girl on Valentine’s day with a pink bear and it brought a tear to my eye. Definitely look for it!!

Alison Dargie February 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Children’s Hospital Boston has the best Facebook page! They have more than 88,000 fans who actively comment and post great stories and photos. They have a lot of helpful news updates and so many passionate followers with uplifting stories.

Bryan Farrow February 19, 2010 at 1:42 pm

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1262213633288#!/ChildrensHospitalBoston?ref=ts

Children’s Hospital Boston, by far. Most interesting – and moving – content, all presented in a colorful, engaging way.

Jessica Kenyon February 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Children’s Hospital Boston has the best Facebook fan page! The updates are frequent, current and very informative. Its amazing to see how many lives have been affected by one wonderful hospital!

Todd katzman February 19, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Children’s Hospital Boston has a great site with amazing helpful news updates that lots of fans comment on.

David Sadowsky February 20, 2010 at 1:45 am

Children’s Hospital Boston has a great page!

John Meyer February 20, 2010 at 10:49 am

The Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital CMN not only helps kids in the hospital but also funding for kids health agencies on California’s Central Coast ! They have a great facebook page…..

Jessica February 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

Dustin Napier February 22, 2010 at 3:50 am

Monroe Carell Jr Hospital at Vanderbilt. Nashville, TN. This is one of the best hospitals in the WORLD!

Jen Hospodor February 22, 2010 at 9:13 am
michelle February 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

i’d like to nominate Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s fb page:
http://www.facebook.com/PhoenixChildrensHospital
Interacting with fans since only June 2009, we have an audience of over 2,200 – and that’s with no ads :) thx for your consideration!

Kathy Holleman February 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I’m nominating the Barnes-Jewish Hospital fan site, managed by my colleague Kristin Hall. Since she started in October, we have almost tripled our number of fans, and we add fans almost every day. She has taught us how to engage and listen fans and that our fans include a range of people, including patients, former patients, their families, employees, doctors, medical and nursing students, as well as the general public. We now post regularly and offer everything from podcasts with clinical information, to employee videos and patient stories.

lisa stark February 22, 2010 at 12:50 pm

The Sher Institutes Fan Page is awesome. 500 plus fans and the page was only created in December 2009. Great dialogue and news you can use plus dozens of cute baby photos. Very inspirational!

Brett Pollard February 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Thanks again for all of the nominations. We have reviewed over 300 Facebook fan pages and are currently narrowing down the list of winners. After breaking down our list of great pages we have decided to present the information in a slightly different manner than originally intended.

The winners will be categorized as follows:

1) Individual hospitals
2) Specialty hospitals
3) Children’s hospitals
4) Health systems

Kathleen Geers February 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

check out Drake Center’s facebook page!

Nicole February 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Blair-E-Batson-Hospital-for-Children/31087153229

Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children’s facebook page without a doubt!!

Nicole February 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Krista February 26, 2010 at 8:26 am

The VICC fanpage rocks!!!!!

Dr. Pat Cooper February 26, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I nominate Vanderbilt Ingram Comprehensive Cancer CenterRapid response to information and scheduling, complimentary valet parking so nice for cancer patients/families, they conducted their own pathology tumor study before further treatment to assure accuracy, flexibility by allowing for my scheduling needs and flexibility in supporting my desire for complementary care (IV vitamin C)…friendly. Outstanding professionalism and personal attention. Never rushed my visits. Ability to post records on internet private page so i can access what I need at any time… amazing.

Jason M. Carlton March 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I know nominations are closed, but Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City has developed a Facebook fan page that has continued to build a solid fan base with great interactions since it was established in late December 2009 (I am the administrator of this Facebook fan page). The videos, which are linked from YouTube to Facebook provide information on RSV, volunteers at the hospital, water dangers, and other short and more elaborate videos. Weekly nutrition tips and articles on child health and safety are commonly posted, but we throw in the occasional contest! While some of the fans are employees, many of the fans are just people from the community who have shared their stories of the hospital’s mission, “The Child First and Always.”

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