News | June 01, 2008

U.S. News & World Report Debuts Rankings of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals

June 2, 2008 - U.S. News & World Report published the 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics and in the magazine’s June 9 issue, on newsstands as of June 2.

In an extension of the 2007 pediatric rankings that listed the top 30 pediatric centers overall (based on reputation, data, and statistics on hospital performance and quality of care), the 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics.

The specialty rankings were based on a new and improved methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors.

Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) in either of two categories - a freestanding children’s hospital or a children’s “hospital within a hospital” (a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center). In addition, several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. Of the 143 children’s hospitals invited to complete a survey asking for information as detailed as whether a center offers postgraduate fellowships in pediatric cardiology, 113 responded. The survey was constructed by RTI International, which collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings.

Hospitals listed include:

General Pediatrics
1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Children’s Hospital Boston
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
5. Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland

Digestive Disorders
1. Children’s Hospital Boston
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
5. Children’s Hospital, Denver

Neonatal Care
1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, Cleveland
3. Children’s Hospital Boston
4. New York-Presbyterian Medical Center
5. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, CA

Respiratory Disorders
1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Children’s Hospital Boston
5. Children’s Hospital, Denver

Cancer
1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Children’s Hospital Boston
3. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
4. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
5. Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Heart and Heart Surgery
1. Children’s Hospital Boston
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston
4. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI
5. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, CA

Neurology and Neurosurgery
1. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
2. Children’s Hospital Boston
3. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
4. Children’s Hospital Cleveland Clinic
5. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston

For more information: www.usnews.com/pediatrics

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