BOSTON, June 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boston Children's Hospital is the number one pediatric hospital in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals, ranking in the top three in all 10 specialties.
Boston Children's is first in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics and Urology. The hospital also ranks second in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neonatology and third in Pulmonology.
"At Boston Children's we care for children from all backgrounds, unique needs and many with the most complex conditions," says Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO. "The U.S. News rankings provide invaluable insights for patients and families as they navigate their health care needs. It is our mission to provide the best experience and outcomes possible to every family that walks through our doors. That is accomplished by our dedicated staff going above and beyond every single day."
U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric centers.
"Our patients and families drive our determination to reach higher and explore new and innovative approaches to care," says Kevin B. Churchwell, EVP of Health Affairs and COO. "These rankings reflect how they inspire us to be better, to do more and to constantly move the bar higher."
Boston Children's is home to the largest research program at a pediatric medical center in the world, making advances in stem cell, neurobiology and genetics and genomics research, among others. At the forefront of innovation, Boston Children's works to refine simulation training and improve 3D printing models to provide patients and families with the highest level of personalized care.
The 11th annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties. The rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology considers clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency and coordination of care delivery and compliance with "best practices."
Survival rates after surgery, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure and patient volume, availability of programs for particular illnesses and conditions and much more can be viewed here.
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Boston Children's Hospital is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including seven members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children's today is a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children's is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.
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