Children's remains among best pediatric hospitals

June 14, 2010

Children’s Medical Center has been ranked among the top tiers of pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report’s "America’s Best Children’s Hospitals" survey for 2010.

Of the hundreds of hospitals that serve children, Children’s was ranked among the elite in eight specialties. The specific clinical programs for which Children’s was honored included Cancer, Digestive Disorders/Gastroenterology, Heart and Heart Surgery, Kidney Disorders, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Respiratory Disorders/Pulmonology and Urology. Children’s ranked second in the nation in Orthopedics as part of its collaborative care effort with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and number 11 in Urology.

“Out of all of the roughly 5,000 U.S. hospitals, only about 1 in 30 has deep expertise in caring for children with serious problems,” said U.S.News & World Report health rankings editor Avery Comarow. “For youngsters who need that quality of care, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings showcase the medical centers that see kids every day who have cancer, cystic fibrosis, defective hearts, and countless other life-threatening or rare conditions beyond the capabilities of most hospitals, even those with sizable pediatric departments.”

The 2010 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals will be featured in the August issue of U.S.News & World Report, which will be available on newsstands starting Tuesday, July 27. The list is currently available online.

The methodology behind this year’s rankings combined a rigorous blend of reputation, and outcome and quality of care-related measures such as survival rates, infection prevention activities and nurse-patient ratios. The survey also included extensive areas of questioning about patient and family services and the use of advanced technology.