June 27, 2017

The 'Best Children's Hospitals,' according to US News

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    U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its "Best Children's Hospital" rankings, which names the 10 best children's hospitals in the country as well as the top fifty children's hospitals in 10 specialties.

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    Methodology

    For the 11th "Best Children's Hospital" rankings, researchers surveyed 187 facilities across 10 pediatric specialties. According to U.S. News, 113 facilities submitted sufficient data to be considered for ranking in at least one of the 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and cardiac surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

    The publication based hospital scores on:

    • Outcomes including survival, infections, and surgical complications, which accounted for 33.3 percent of the overall score for each hospital for every specialty but cardiology/heart surgery, for which it accounted for 38.3 percent;
    • The hospital's reputation—based on a survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each of the 10 specialties—which accounted for 15 percent of the overall score for hospitals in every specialty but cardiology/heart surgery, for which it accounted for 8.5 percent; and
    • The hospital's commitment to patient safety, excellence, and family centeredness, which accounted for the remaining percentage of each hospital's overall score.

    Overall, 82 hospitals ranked on one or more of the lists.

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    The Best Children's Hospitals

    U.S. News named 10 hospitals to the Honor Roll, which denotes "pediatric centers that deliver exceptionally high quality care across multiple specialties."

    The Honor Roll includes:

    1. Boston Children's Hospital (Boston);
    2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania);
    3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio);
    4. Texas Children's Hospital (Houston);
    5. Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore);
    6. Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Los Angeles);
    7. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Illinois);
    8. Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio);
    9. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); and
    10. Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.)

    This is the fourth consecutive year that Boston Children's has taken the top spot on the honor roll.

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    On the 10 specialty rankings, the No. 1 children's hospital for:

    • Pediatric cancer is St. Jude Children's Hospital (Memphis, Tennessee);
    • Pediatric cardiology and heart surgery is Texas Children's;
    • Pediatric diabetes and endocrinology is Children's Hospital of Philadelphia;
    • Pediatric gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology is Boston Children's;
    • Pediatric pulmonology is Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; and
    • Neonatology is Children's National Medical Center ("Best Children's Hospitals," U.S. News & World Report, 6/27; Harder/Comarow, U.S. News & World Report, 6/27). 

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