Boston Children’s Hospital tied for #1 in U.S. News ranking

U.S. News & World Report came out with its annual children's hospital rankings on Tuesday, and Boston Children's Hospital tied for first place along with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Last year, it took the number two spot.

Boston Children's ranked first in a number of specialties, including Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, and Orthopedics.

"We are honored that Boston Children's Hospital is number one in eight of the 10 specialties ranked by U.S. News & World Report," Sandra L. Fenwick, president and CEO of Boston Children's said in a statement. "Our clinicians focus on family-centered care, collaborating with parents and caregivers."


U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings included 89 hospitals with demonstrated expertise in pediatric medicine.

"Finding care for a child with a life-threatening or rare condition is one of the most overwhelming experiences parents face," said Ben Harder, managing editor of health care analysis at U.S. News in a statement. "We hope the rankings and information in Best Children's Hospitals help make a family's search for the best care possible for their child a little easier."

The methodology behind the new rankings underwent various changes this year. The scoring weight assigned to infection prevention and other "best practices" was increased, while the weight of hospital reputation was decreased.

Ten hospitals earned a spot on the Honor Roll with high marks in at least three medical specialties. Here's the list:

1. Boston Children's Hospital

1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

4. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

5. Children's Hospital Los Angeles

6. Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora

7. Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

8. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

9. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

10. Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore

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