- The U.S. News & World Report released Wednesday its 10th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, highlighting the top 50 centers for children’s medical care.
- Leading the 2016 to 2017 honor roll is Boston Children’s Hospital, followed by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
- The list also showcases the top 50 centers in 10 pediatric specialties.
Among the top 10 honor roll designees are Houston’s Texas Children’s Hospital; Seattle Children’s Hospital; Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; and UPMC’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Hospitals must perform at the highest level in at least three specialty areas to earn this distinction.
Boston Children’s ranked first in 8 out of 10 specialties, including pediatric cardiology/heart surgery, and pediatric neonatology. For pediatric cancer, top billing goes to Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
To rank the hospitals, researchers at RTI International looked at clinical outcomes, care delivery coordination and efficiency, infection control, best practice compliance and resources, such as access to programs for specific diseases, and the number of nurses a hospital has.
U.S. News will publish the rankings in its “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook due out in August.