Children's ranks highest in top pediatric specialities

usnewsThe results of US News and World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey, which ranks pediatric hospitals according to individual specialties, were released this morning.

Children’s topped all other hospitals in the country by ranking #1 in five of them: Cardiology/Cardiac Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Urology and Kidney. Children’s is also the only hospital to place in the top three in all 10 specialties. The hospital ranked second in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neonatology and third in Cancer, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary.

A hospital’s rank depended on how well it did in three areas: reputation, medical outcomes (such as cancer survival) and care-related indicators of quality (such as the number of patients, nurse staffing and availability of specialized programs). In all, 62 different hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, but only 8 hospitals ranked in all 10 specialties. The closest top ranking hospital to us is Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, which ranked first in three specialties (Neonatology, Diabetes/Endocrine Disorders, and Pulmonary).