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New Rankings for Children's Hospitals

Magazine Ranks Children's Hospitals for Specialties Such as Cancer, Heart, and Neonatal Care
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June 18, 2009 -- U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the nation's children's hospitals.

Of the 98 hospitals that participated in the survey, the following hospitals ranked in all 10 specialties evaluated.

The specialties included cancer, diabetes/endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, and urology.

They are (listed alphabetically):

  • Children's Hospital (Denver)
  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's Medical Center (Dallas)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • John's Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore)
  • New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University
  • Texas Children's Hospital (Houston)

Hospitals were ranked by reputation, medical outcomes, and care-related indicators such as patient volume, nursing staff, and availability of specialized programs based on answers to a survey developed by health care specialists for the magazine.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked the best children's hospital in the country for cancer treatment, with a score of 100, followed by Children's Hospital Boston, with a score of 96.5.

The top 10 children's cancer treatment hospitals and their scores:

  1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: 100
  2. Children's Hospital Boston: 96.5
  3. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.): 87.2
  4. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston:64.3
  5. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: 63.6
  6. Seattle Children's Hospital: 53.8
  7. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York): 52.8
  8. Children's Hospital Los Angeles: 48.1
  9. Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore: 48
  10. Children's Hospital Denver: 43.2

The top 10 children's hospitals for heart treatment and their scores: 

  1. Children's Hospital Boston: 100
  2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: 98.4
  3. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston: 71.9
  4. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (Ann Arbor): 71
  5. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.): 62.7
  6. New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital: 48.7
  7. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: 46.7
  8. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (Milwaukee): 43.4
  9. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: 43.2
  10. Children's Hospital Los Angeles: 41.1 

The top 10 children's hospitals for neonatal care and scores: 

  1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: 100
  2. Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital (Cleveland): 77.1
  3. Children's Hospital Boston: 73.9
  4. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: 62.7
  5. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.): 61
  6. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital: 59.6
  7. Texas Children's Hospital (Houston): 49
  8. Children's Hospital, Denver: 45
  9. Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore): 39.9
  10. Children's National Medical Center (Baltimore): 39.8

The complete list of hospitals is available online at The rankings also appear in the August issue of the U.S. News & World Report, scheduled for publication July 21.

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