U.S. News & World Report Rankings
Best Children's Hospitals
Children's Hospital & Medical Center has been ranked in two pediatric specialties in U.S. News & World Report's 2012-13 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
Children's ranked #44 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery and #47 in Cancer. This is the first ranking for the hospital’s cancer program and its second consecutive ranking for cardiology and heart surgery.
The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.
"Children’s deserves high praise for its accomplishments," said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "It has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids. Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one."
For families of sick children, Best Children's Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.
This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists - 150 in each specialty - were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.
"We’re honored to be ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country. The patients and families we serve provide a constant stream of inspiration as we challenge ourselves and our organization to always provide the highest level of care," said Gary A. Perkins, FACHE, president and CEO of Children's.
"We’re very pleased for the recognition of our excellence," added Dr. Carl Gumbiner, Children's senior vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer. "But, it's not the recognition we’re seeking, it's the excellence itself."
While influenced by a multitude of factors, the rankings offer a valuable opportunity for hospitals to see how they perform with their peers. Go inside the rankings at U.S News & World Report.