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Best Children’s Hospitals 2015–2016

Twelve centers earn spot on ‘honor roll’ of nation’s best in treating sick kids

The annual “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings from U.S. News & World Report are a guide to hospitals that excel in treating the sickest children. The 2015–2016 report marks the ninth year of publication. The rankings evaluate hospitals in 10 specialties, from cancer to urology.

U.S. News gathered key clinical data from 184 pediatric centers through a survey. In addition, part of each hospital’s score was derived from surveys conducted in 2013, 2014, and 2015 of more than 10,000 pediatric specialists, who were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty. Of the 109 centers providing enough clinical information to be evaluated, 83 were ranked in at least one specialty. Twelve hospitals garnered high scores in three or more specialties and were named to an honor roll.

Whether a hospital was ranked –– and if so, how high –– depended on its performance in three areas: 1) clinical outcomes, such as cancer survival and rates of various infections; 2) the efficiency and coordination of the process of care delivery, which included reputational survey results, compliance with "best practices," and steps to control infection; and 3) care-related resources, such as adequate nursing staff and the availability of programs tailored to particular illnesses and conditions. Each of these three major areas contributed one-third of a hospital’s total score.

The 12 children’s hospitals on the 2015–2016 honor roll ranked at or near the top in three or more specialties. A hospital that ranked among the highest 5% in a specialty received 2 points; a hospital that ranked in the next 5% got 1 point. Ties were broken by the number of specialties in which points were earned.

The following centers made it onto the U.S. News honor roll:

  1. Boston Children’s Hospital
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  4. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
  5. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
  6. Seattle Children’s Hospital
  7. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  8. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  9. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  10. Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  11. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  12. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Source: U.S. News & World Report; June 9, 2015.

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