The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Earns High Honors in U.S. News & World Report Ranking of Pediatric Specialties

Jun 03, 2010, 14:52 ET from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been ranked first, second or third in nine out of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Children's Hospitals issue, 2010. The rankings are published online at and featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report, available at newsstands starting July 27.

CHOP ranked number one in Neonatal Care, Pulmonology, and Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders;  second in Cancer, Urology, Heart and Heart Surgery, and Gastroenterology; third in Orthopaedics and Neurology and Neurosurgery; and sixth in Kidney.

By ranking in the top 10 in all specialties, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia earns a place on the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Children's Hospital was the only pediatric hospital in the Tri-state area named to the Honor Roll.

The survey methodology weighed a blend of reputation, outcomes and care-related measures such as nursing care, infection prevention, patient volumes and other factors.

Each hospital received a "U.S. News Score" for each of the 10 specialties ranked. An overall ranking is no longer issued.

"While we are honored by this recognition, we understand there is still much more to do to improve the hospital experience for patients, families and employees," said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., president and chief executive officer, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "This ranking is a reminder of our responsibility to lead the way in all facets of pediatric patient care, research and education."

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 460-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit

CONTACT: Joey McCool Ryan of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, +1-267-426-6070,

SOURCE The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia