Boston Children’s Hospital
by U.S. News & World Report
Boston, MA – June 10, 2014 – Boston Children’s Hospital ranks first in more specialties than any other pediatric hospital according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals report. Boston Children’s ranks first in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, and Urology; third in Pulmonology; and fifth in Neonatology. Boston Children’s partners with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to operate the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
“We are honored that Boston Children’s Hospital is number one in eight of the 10 specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report,” says Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO of Boston Children’s. “Our clinicians focus on family-centered care, collaborating with parents and caregivers on each patient’s journey. These rankings are evidence that great things happen when we work together.”
“We are honored that Boston Children’s Hospital is number one in eight of the 10 specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report.”
The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. 89 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.
“Many of the children we see have complex conditions that can cut across as many as a half-dozen specialties which makes excellence across specialties so important,” says Kevin Churchwell, MD, Executive Vice President, Health Affairs and COO of Boston Children’s. “These rankings recognize our exemplary ability to treat the ‘whole child’ and meet our patients’ needs.”
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 open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.
Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.