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Children's National One of Only Four Pediatric Hospitals Ranked in Top 20 in 10 Specialties, U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals

June 21, 2016
US News  Ranked in 10 specialties award

Children’s National Health System has again been named to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report  Best Children’s Hospitals list. Unique to the 2016-17 rankings, Children’s National is one of only four pediatric hospitals in the country to have been ranked in the top 20 in every one of the 10 specialty areas rated by U.S. News & World Report. Children’s National also is the only pediatric hospital in the entire region of Maryland, DC, and Virginia to earn this distinction.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancercardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology. Children’s National ranked among the top 10 in three specialties: neonatology (#3), neurology/neurosurgery (#8), and orthopaedics (#9).

“This distinction recognizes the excellence at Children’s National in our care, quality, and outcomes across every specialty program and affirms our role as the premier provider for children’s health care in our region. Importantly it is also a reflection of the skill and purpose of our staff, physicians, partners and supporters who commit each day to help kids in our communities grow up stronger,” said Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National.

In addition to being in the top 20 in all 10 specialty areas, Children’s National is a pediatric health system dedicated to improving the lives of all children through innovative research, high quality healthcare, and advocacy on behalf of children’s needs. Children’s National is a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital, acknowledged for its high quality and safety measures, and a Magnet® designated hospital, recognized for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“The Best Children’s Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that offer exceptional care for the kids who need the most help,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Day in and day out, they deliver state-of-the-art medical care.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, available for pre-sale August 1.

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Contact: Emily Hartman at 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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