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

June 05, 2012

Washington, DC—For the second year in a row, Children’s National Medical Center is ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report in all 10 specialties. In the areas of neonatology, cancer, and neurology and neurosurgery, Children’s National ranked in the top 10, while being placed in the top 20 in seven specialty areas.

“Being recognized as one of the best pediatric healthcare providers in the country is an honor and reaffirms our increased quality and excellence in specialty areas for children,” said Kurt Newman, MD, president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. “As we continue to re-imagine how we care for patients and their families we hope to continue improving our care, advocacy, research, and education.”

“Children’s National deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children’s National has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids. Our goal at U.S.News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

Children’s National provides leading pediatric healthcare services in U.S.News ranked areas including neonatology, cancer, heart and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology, neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, orthopaedics, urology, and kidney disease. Additionally, for the fifth consecutive year Children’s National is one of only ten children’s hospitals in the country – and the only children’s hospital in the mid-Atlantic region – named to the Leapfrog Group’s 2011 Top Hospitals List. Children’s is also consistently a top ranked freestanding children’s hospital in terms of funding from the National Institutes of Health for pediatric research.

“This distinction from U.S.News recognizes the doctors, nurses, and staff who are dedicated to providing world-class care to all children regionally, nationally, and internationally, and improving on that care by continuing to develop advancements in pediatric medicine,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National Medical Center.

Looking at nearly 200 pediatric centers across the country, the U.S.News & World Report rankings weighed a three-part blend of 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 August print edition.

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

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. 

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