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

June 11, 2013
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Washington, DC—For the third year in a row, Children’s National Medical Center is ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report. The U.S.News & World Report rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancercardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology.

In neonatology, neurology & neurosurgery, and urology, Children’s National ranked among the top 10 pediatric institutions.

“It is an honor to be ranked again among the very best children’s hospitals in the nation,” said Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National. “This continued recognition highlights our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our children and families.”

“Children’s National Medical Center deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that they bring to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like Children’s National.”

In addition to the U.S.News & World Report ranking, Children’s National is also recognized by the prestigious Leapfrog Group. For the sixth consecutive year, Children’s National has been acknowledged on their elite Top Hospitals List. Children’s National is one of only a handful of children’s hospitals consistently ranked by both U.S.News and the Leapfrog Group. Furthermore, Children’s National ranks among the top seven among children’s hospitals in pediatric research funding from the National Institutes of Health.

“I congratulate our outstanding faculty and staff on this tribute to our commitment to excellence and superior patient care,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, and Physician-in-Chief at Children’s National. “The U.S.News rankings reflect the priority we place on continual improvement in care, research, advocacy, and education—all toward the goal of advancing pediatric medicine.”

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 offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

In this year’s rankings, three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S.News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 (150 for each of the 10 specialties covered in this survey) physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Details about the rankings can be found on the U.S. News & World Report website now or in the print edition, available in mid-August.

Contact: Emily Hartman or Paula Darte, 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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