June 21, 2016
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Boston Children’s Hospital named best pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report

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Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked the No. 1 pediatric hospital in the nation, according to the 2016-2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals survey.

Along with its overall top ranking, Boston Children’s Hospital also ranked first in cardiology and heart surgery, and neonatology. Boston Children’s Hospital is partnered with the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, which has been ranked No. 1 in pediatric cancer treatment.

“Families with sick children face so many uphill battles,” Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report health rankings editor, said in a press release. “By recognizing hospitals that offer the best pediatric care, we hope we can offer families important help when they are going through an exceptionally overwhelming time.”

From a list of more than 180 pediatric centers, the top children’s hospitals in the report included:

1. Boston Children’s Hospital;
2. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia;
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center;
4. Texas Children’s Hospital;
5. Seattle Children’s Hospital;
6. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago;
7. (tie) Children’s Hospital Los Angeles;
8. (tie) Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC;
9. Children’s Hospital Colorado;
10. (tie) Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; and
11. (tie) Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

U.S. News & World Report began publishing its “Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll” in 2007 with the goal of providing families with the right information to find the expert-level care needed to treat children with life-threatening or rare conditions. This year’s list recognizes 11 hospitals that excel in three or more specialties.

Data from the report were compiled by U.S. News & World Report and analyzed by RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm. U.S. News & World Report requested medical data from 183 pediatric centers, as well as reputational survey information from more than 11,000 pediatric specialists nationwide. Hospital quality was measured and based on a methodology that factored in clinical outcomes, efficiency, coordination of process of care delivery, compliance with “best practices” and procedures for controlling infection.

Consideration for inclusion is based largely on a pediatric center’s membership status in the Children’s Hospitals Association, a Washington, D.C.-based group that works closely with U.S. News & World Report to establish these rankings. Hospitals are measured in 10 specialty areas, including: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Other factors include reputation and key specialty metrics such as accreditation for bone marrow transplant.

Visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings for the complete rankings.

Data reprinted with permission from U.S. News & World Report.