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'Best of the Best' Children's Hospitals

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Gets Top Ranking in Magazine's Analysis

By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Health News

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

June 18, 3009 -- U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked the nation's top children's hospitals, and 10 institutions took honors as the best of the best.

Of 160 hospitals considered, the 10 were the only ones to rank in all 10 specialties evaluated.

They are (listed alphabetically):

  • Children's Hospital (Denver)
  • Children's Hospital Boston
  • Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Children's Medical Center (Dallas)
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore)
  • New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital-Washington University
  • Texas Children's Hospital (Houston)

The specialties included cancer, diabetes/endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, respiratory disorders, and urology.

For the third year in a row, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked the best children's hospital in the country, with a score of 100, followed by Children's Hospital Boston, with a score of 96.5.

The top 20 children's hospitals and their scores:

  1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia:100
  2. Children's Hospital Boston: 96.5
  3. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.): 87.2
  4. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston: 64.3
  5. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: 63.6
  6. Seattle Children's Hospital: 53.8
  7. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York City): 52.8
  8. Children's Hospital Los Angeles: 48.1
  9. Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore: 48
  10. Children's Hospital Denver: 43.2
  11. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.): 41.9
  12. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: 40.2
  13. Children's Cancer Hospital-University of Texas M.D. Anderson (Houston): 39.7
  14. Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago: 39.4
  15. Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.): 37.8
  16. Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA (Los Angeles): 37.7
  17. Children's Medical Center Dallas: 37.6
  18. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital: 37.2
  19. UCSF Children's Hospital (San Francisco): 36.7
  20. University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital (Minneapolis): 36.4

Hospitals were ranked by reputation, medical outcomes, and care-related indicators such as patient volume, nursing staff, and availability of specialized programs based on answers to a 65-page survey developed by health care specialists for the magazine.

Of the 160 hospitals contacted, 98 responded.

The complete list of hospitals is available online at The rankings also appear in the August issue of the U.S. News & World Report, scheduled for publication July 21.

SOURCES: U.S. News & World Report, Best Children's Hospitals, August 2009. News release, U.S. News & World Report.

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