June 27, 2017
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Boston Children’s, CHOP ranked best hospitals for pediatric GI, GI surgery

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Boston Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranked as the top three hospitals for pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery in the 2017-2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals list.

These three hospitals also ranked top three in the same order on the list’s honor roll, “a distinction awarded to pediatric centers that deliver exceptionally high-quality care across multiple specialties,” according to a press release. Boston Children’s ranked No. 1 in five of 10 specialties.

“We are privileged to receive this ranking, alongside so many other outstanding Children’s Hospitals,” Athos Bousvaros, MD, MPH, associate chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital, told Healio Gastroenterology via email. “Caring for children requires knowledge, dedication, patience, understanding, and above all teamwork. I feel fortunate to work at Boston Children's Hospital, with so many of the world's experts in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. We are grateful to the hospital, and all the nurses, dietitians, psychologists, social workers, and administrative assistants that constitute our team.”

Others that made the top 10 in gastroenterology and GI surgery include Texas Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital.

Of 187 hospitals surveyed this year, 81 ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty.

“The ranked pediatric centers in Best Children’s Hospitals provide an extraordinarily high level of care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow, said in the press release. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals deliver every day.”

Research and consulting firm RTI international collects and analyzes hospital data for the rankings, and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists, according to the press release. The hospitals are ranked using objective measures like clinical outcomes (i.e. patient survival, infection rates and complications), the level and quality of patient care resources (i.e. staffing, technology and special services), health care delivery (i.e. infection prevention programs and adherence to best practices), as well as expert opinion from pediatric specialists. More than 100 medical directors, pediatric specialists and other experts participated in methodology working groups to provide input on the ranking methods.

The rankings highlight the top 50 centers in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. – by Adam Leitenberger