Parents will do whatever it takes to keep their children safe, happy and healthy. Unfortunately, all the parenting classes in the world cannot prepare you for having a child with a serious injury or debilitating disease.
That’s why U.S. News and World Report continues to release its rankings of the top children’s hospitals in the U.S. every year. The report helps parents figure out which hospitals or facilities are best suited to treat their very sick little ones, and hopefully erase some of the fear.
The report, in its 12th year, looked at 189 total facilities that are either freestanding children’s hospitals or large pediatric departments within a hospital.
The rankings are based on four main factors:
- Clinical outcomes, which includes survival rates, infection rates and complications.
- Hospital resources, such as staffing, technology and special services.
- Delivery of healthcare, which considers adherence to best practices and infection-prevention programs.
- Expert opinions from pediatric specialists.
In the end, 86 of the 189 hospitals surveyed were ranked in the top 50 for at least one specialty. But these 10 hospitals came out on top, earning a spot on the 2018-2019 Honor Roll:
1. Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston Children’s Hospital has been voted No. 1 for the fifth straight year. The hospital received a trio of perfect scores in orthopedics, nephrology and neurosurgery. It also earned high marks for cardiology, diabetes and gastroenterology.
The hospital proudly tweeted about “this exciting accomplishment”:
— Boston Children's (@BostonChildrens) June 26, 2018
2. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
The children’s hospital in Cincinnati climbed into the No. 2 spot this year, after spending the past seven consecutive years as third in the nation. Children’s was also ranked No. 1 for pediatric cancer and gastroenterology/GI surgery.
So excited to share that we have jumped to no. 2 on @USNews Best Children’s Hospitals rankings! Plus, our programs ranked top 10 in all 10 specialties – including two no. 1s! Check out the full rankings https://t.co/7FRaF8RvKB and join us today as we celebrate #2forkids! pic.twitter.com/Et5tVkWy9u
— Cincinnati Childrens (@CincyChildrens) June 26, 2018
3. Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia
With Cincinnati moving up one spot, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia fell just one spot on the list, to No. 3. The hospital, also known as CHOP, recently announced a major expansion plan, including a pediatric intensive care unit.
We are proud to have once again been named one of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation by @USNewsHealth. Thanks to our dedicated and skilled staff, we ranked third overall, with two #1 specialties and seven specialties in the top 3: https://t.co/I6qEAyGJZe
— Children's Hospital (@ChildrensPhila) June 26, 2018
4. Texas Children’s Hospital
The Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston remains the top-rated facility for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery. Year to year, the hospital stayed put at No. 4 on the list.
On top of the report, this hospital may have won the prize for cutest fan:
We’re excited to announce @TexasChildrens is recognized by @usnews as the best place in the country for pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, as well as pulmonology! Learn more: https://t.co/YywWcW2iAS #texaschildrens pic.twitter.com/7dS5jxj2Xv
— Texas Children's (@TexasChildrens) June 26, 2018
5. Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National based in Washington, D.C., was most improved this year, moving up five spots. It cracked into the top 10 just last year. Children’s National is also the top-rated facility for neonatology.
Patients and staff members were very excited to officially be in the top five:
It’s official. @USNews named Children’s National one of the Top 5 pediatric hospitals in the country! Read more about the rankings and what they mean, here #CNTop5 https://t.co/qPAIT5ZYUv pic.twitter.com/orBDBIuFuD
— Children's National Hospital 🏥 (@ChildrensNatl) June 26, 2018
6. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is in the middle of the top 10, but it’s the top pediatric hospital in the western U.S., based on the new report.
7. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Nationwide Children’s was once again ranked at No. 7. The Columbus, Ohio-based hospital ranked in all of the 10 specialties surveyed by U.S. News and World Report.
We are proud to be ranked in all 10 specialties by @usnews! Find out what it means to be named to the Best Children's Hospital Honor Roll: https://t.co/HOUpTcXoC1 #besthospitals pic.twitter.com/4sjisfnFSM
— Nationwide Children's Hospital (@nationwidekids) June 27, 2018
8. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Despite dropping from fifth place, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center remains among the best in the nation. The center is the only hospital integrated with an adult facility to make the Honor Roll.
THIS JUST IN: @usnews ranks Johns Hopkins Children’s Center among the best in the nation on its 2018–19 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. Read all about it: https://t.co/A66rbVqQNd pic.twitter.com/bD8dZCe8LA
— Johns Hopkins Children's Center (@HopkinsKids) June 26, 2018
9. Children’s Hospital Colorado
A big welcome to Children’s Colorado. It is the only top hospital of 2018 that wasn’t on the list in 2017. The hospital runs 16 locations in Colorado, with more than 3,400 pediatric experts on staff.
— Children's Colorado (@ChildrensColo) June 26, 2018
10. Ann And Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital Of Chicago
Lurie Children’s has been ranked nationally as a top pediatric hospital for seven straight years. It’s the only Illinois hospital in the top 10.
We are honored to once again be ranked in the top 10 nationally and the top ranked children’s hospital in Illinois by @usnews @USNewsHealth. For 7 yrs in a row, we have been recognized on the Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll https://t.co/bTkda7esYe. #besthospitals #all4your1 pic.twitter.com/35V7qbFRvi
— Lurie Children's (@LurieChildrens) June 26, 2018
Did your local hospital make the list?