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Best Children’s Hospitals Ranked

U.S. News & World Report Releases Annual List of Best Children's Hospitals
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WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

June 4, 2010 -- U.S. News & World Report has released its 20th annual list of the nation’s top children’s hospitals.

The news magazine says it ranked hospitals in specialties ranging from cancer and heart disease to orthopaedics. In order to be eligible to be ranked, each pediatric hospital had to provide data about their services and capabilities on a submission form called the Pediatric Hospital Survey. Of 170 hospitals, 96 submitted data for the 2010 rankings. 

In ranking each eligible hospital, scores of 0 to 100 were assigned. Reputation accounted for 35% of the score, outcomes such as surgical survival and avoidance of complications from procedures  represented 25%, and care-related indicators such as the ratio of nurses to patients made up 40% of the score in each specialty. The top 30 hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties were identified in the U.S. News & World Report list.

Here are the top three hospitals in each specialty:

Cancer

  1. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Children’s Hospital Boston

Diabetes and Endocrinology

  1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Children’s Hospital Boston
  3. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Gastroenterology

  1. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Children’s Hospital Boston

Heart and Heart Surgery

  1. Children’s Hospital Boston
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston

Kidney

  1. Children’s Hospital Boston
  2. Seattle Children’s Hospital
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Neonatology

  1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Children’s Hospital Boston
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Neurology and Neurosurgery

  1. Children’s Hospital Boston
  2. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore.
  3. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Orthopaedics

  1. Children’s Hospital Boston
  2. Children’s Medical Center - Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas
  3. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Pulmonology

  1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  3. Children’s Hospital Boston

Urology

  1. Children’s Hospital Boston
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Riley Hospital for Children Clarian Health Partners, Indianapolis

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