Children's National makes Honor Roll for pediatric hospitals

KidinHospitalIf you are looking for a pediatric hospital in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, there are two that rank annually in the U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals guide to hospitals — Children's National Medical Center and John's Hopkins Children's Center.

This year, Children's National made the Honor Roll, ranking among the top 12 pediatric hospitals in the nation overall — coming in 10th. John's Hopkins did not make the Honor Roll this year but did rank well in a number of specialties.

The annual U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings are a guide to hospitals that excel in treating the sickest children. The 2015-16 rankings mark the ninth year of publication.
The rankings evaluate hospitals in 10 specialties, from cancer to urology. In the 2015-16 rankings, 83 hospitals were ranked among the top 50 in at least one specialty, down from 89 ranked hospitals last year. Twelve of the 83 ranked hospitals had high scores in three or more specialties and were named to the Honor Roll.

"We are extremely proud to be named to the Honor Roll and to rank among the top 10 best pediatric hospitals in the nation," said Dr. Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children's National. "This prestigious recognition of our excellence, quality, and outcomes is a reflection of hard work and dedication across the Children's National community. We are grateful to the staff, physicians, partners and supporters who share our commitment to doing what is right for children."

Both Johns Hopkins Children's Center and Children's National were ranked in all 10 of the specialties. Check out their rankings:

  • Cancer - Johns Hopkins 11th and Children's National 13th
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – Children's National 19th and Johns Hopkins 39th
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – Johns Hopkins 9th and Children's National 18th
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery – Children's National 9th and Johns Hopkins 24th
  • Neonatology – Children's National 4th and Johns Hopkins 11th
  • Nephrology – Children's National 13th and Johns Hopkins 16th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – Children's National 4th and Johns Hopkins 5th
  • Orthopedics – Johns Hopkins 16th and Children's National 18th
  • Pulmonology – Johns Hopkins 10th and Children's National 22nd
  • Urology – Johns Hopkins 8th and Children's National 11th

U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Most of the hospital's score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and sub specialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

"The pediatric centers on the Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll show exceptional dedication and expertise, and they deserve our congratulations," said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day."

For complete details about the rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website or pick up a copy of the print edition in August.

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