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  Children’s National Medical Center Ranks Among The Best In The Country By U.S.News & World Report
May 30, 2008

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2008

Washington, DC—Children’s National Medical Center is once again ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report. Children’s National ranks among the elite – the top 30 – of pediatric, specialty care providers in the country. Children’s National has provided hope to sick children and their families throughout the region for more than 135 years.

“Children’s National is among the best pediatric health care providers in the country. Furthermore, Children’s National is one of only eight pediatric institutions nationwide also named to the Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals for Quality and Safety.” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. “It is an honor to again be recognized by U.S.News for our dedication to high quality care. That ranking highlights our role and responsibility as an advocate for all children nationwide through our position and voice in the nation’s capital.”

Children’s provides premier pediatric healthcare services in key areas including neonatology, cancer, heart and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics. Children’s National is also a member of the elite US pediatric research institutions that marry cutting-edge research to high-quality care within the same facility. It is the sixth-highest in National Institutes of Health funding for children’s hospitals also specializing in pediatric research.

“From the our world-renowned research on pediatric brain tumors and muscular dystrophies, to our comprehensive neonatology program that offers ECMO* and whole-body cooling to protect the most fragile newborns, to our focus on family-centered care, to our spacious and comfortable, new Inpatient Tower – Children’s National is setting standards for the highest quality patient care possible,” said Peter Holbrook, MD, chief medical officer at Children’s National Medical Center. “This honor recognizes these efforts and the impact they have on the health of children regionally, nationally, and internationally.”

Contact: Paula Darte/Jennifer Leischer; 202-476-4500.

*ECMO stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, a sophisticated process that both cleanses and oxygenates the blood of newborns whose lungs need time to heal and develop.

Children's National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Among the top pediatric hospitals in America, Children’s has been serving the nation's children for more than 135 years. Children’s National Medical Center is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington Metropolitan area, and is the only freestanding children’s hospital between Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Atlanta. Children’s internationally recognized team of pediatric healthcare professionals care for more than 360,000 patients each year who come from throughout the region, nation, and world. Visit our web site at