Boston Children’s Hospital has been ranked the No. 1 pediatric hospital in the nation for the fourth consecutive year, according to the 2017-2018 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 orthopedics, gastroenterology/gastrointestinal surgery, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery and urology. Other hospitals with top rankings include Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the categories of diabetes/endocrinology and pulmonology, Children’s National Medical Center for neonatology, Texas Children’s Hospital for cardiology and heart surgery and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for cancer.
“The ranked pediatric centers in Best Children’s Hospitals provide an extraordinarily high level of care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report health rankings editor, said in a press release. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals deliver every day.”
From a list of more than 500 pediatric centers among 10 pediatric specialties, 10 hospitals earned the distinction of the Honor Roll, awarded to pediatric centers that deliver exceptionally high-quality care across multiple specialties:
1. Boston Children’s Hospital;
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia;
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center;
4. Texas Children’s Hospital;
5. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center;
6. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles;
7. (tie) Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago;
8. (tie) Nationwide Children’s Hospital;
9. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC;
10. Children’s National Medical Center.
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 10 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 pediatric hospitals, surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists nationwide, and obtained input from more 100 medical directors, pediatric specialists and other experts through methodology working groups.
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.
Visit http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings for the complete rankings.
Data reprinted with permission from U.S. News & World Report.