Children's Hospital Boston Ranked #1 in More Specialties Than Any Other Children's Hospital
First in Heart & Heart Surgery, Kidney, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology
June 3, 2010
Boston, Mass. - Children's Hospital Boston ranks first in more specialties than any other children's hospital in the nation according to the 2010-11 edition of Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. Boston Children's ranks first in Heart & Heart Surgery, Kidney, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology. The "Best Children's Hospitals" ranking will be published in the August print issue of U.S. News & World Report.
Boston Children's is the only hospital to place in the top three in all 10 specialties. It ranks second in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neonatology and third in Cancer, Gastroenterology and Pulmonary. Unlike the rankings in previous years, this edition does not numerically rank the overall institutions, instead it lists an Honor Roll of the 8 hospitals that rank in all 10 specialties. In all, 62 different hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.
"We're honored by this recognition, but we also see this as a challenge to innovate and push care forward offering families the best quality care and service possible," says James Mandell, MD, CEO of Children's Hospital Boston.
"The rankings reflect the unique value that our team of caregivers, researchers, employees and volunteers strive to provide to our families everyday," said Sandra Fenwick, President and COO of Children's Hospital Boston.
With the assistance of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, U.S. News & World Report asked 170 pediatric centers to complete a 75-page online survey. RTI International, a research and consulting firm oversaw the survey. A hospital's rank depended on how well it did in three areas: reputation, medical outcomes (such as cancer survival), and care-related indicators of quality (such as the number of patients, nurse staffing, and availability of specialized programs).
Children's Hospital Boston is one of the nation's premier pediatric medical centers. Founded in 1869 as a 20-bed hospital for children, today it is a 396-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, the largest provider of health care to the children of Massachusetts, and home to the world's leading pediatric research enterprise. For more information about Children's, visit: www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.
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