U.S.News and World Report: Children’s National Medical Center among Best Children’s Hospitals May 17, 2011

Washington, DCChildren’s National Medical Center is once again ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report. This is the first year that the nation’s children’s hospital is featured on the list of elite pediatric specialty care providers in all 10 pediatric subspecialty areas included in the survey, an increase from seven ranked areas last year.

“Children’s National is honored to again be recognized as one of the best pediatric healthcare providers in the country,” said Edwin K. Zechman, Jr., president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. “In addition to receiving this distinction from U.S.News & World Report, Children’s National is among only seven pediatric institutions in the nation named to the Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals list for quality and safety and last year was accepted as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of distinction for nursing.” “We salute Children’s National Medical Center,” said health rankings editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children's Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and Children’s National is one of those centers.”

Children’s National provides premier pediatric healthcare services in key areas including neonatology, cancer, heart and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, orthopaedics, urology, and kidney disease. Children’s National is also a top ranked freestanding children’s hospital in terms of National Institutes of Health funding for pediatric research.

The U.S.News & World Report rankings weighed reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a survey covering important medical information. The rankings can be found on the U.S.News & World Report website or in the print edition on August 30. “Children’s National continues to be a leader, setting standards for care, advocacy, research, and education,” said Peter Holbrook, MD, chief medical officer at Children’s National Medical Center. “This honor recognizes the team of doctors, nurses, and staff who are dedicated to truly providing world-class care to all children regionally, nationally, and internationally.”

Contact: Emily Hartman or Emily Dammeyer, 202-476-4500


About Children’s National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National’s hospital is Magnet designated, and is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. With a community-based pediatric network, eight regional outpatient centers, an ambulatory surgery center, two emergency rooms, an acute care hospital, and collaborations throughout the region, Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as an advocate for all children.

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