U.S. News Media Group Ranks Texas Children's Hospital Among Leading Pediatric Institutions Nationwide

Jun 03, 2010, 11:20 ET from Texas Children's Hospital

One of only eight children's hospitals to earn "Honor Roll" distinction

HOUSTON, June 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas Children's Hospital has been named as a leader among national pediatric hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals. One of only eight hospitals in the nation to achieve the Honor Roll designation, Texas Children's is the only hospital in Texas – and the entire southern region of the U.S. – awarded this distinction. For more information, see www.texaschildrens.org.

The comprehensive survey ranks children's hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. For the second consecutive year, Texas Children's was ranked in the top ten for nine out of 10 categories, and also earned Honor Roll status by being named as a best hospital in all of the 10 subspecialties surveyed.

Texas Children's earned Honor Roll distinction by being ranked among America's best in:

As part of the new ranking system that U.S. News began in 2009, pediatric hospitals are ranked across 10 major subspecialties, as opposed to being ranked overall. The Honor Roll designation is reserved for those hospitals that ranked in all 10 subspecialties surveyed.

"We are excited that U.S. News has again acknowledged Texas Children's as one of the nation's premier pediatric hospitals," said President and CEO Mark A. Wallace. "Texas Children's ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality patient care, education and research has positioned us as one of the foremost institutions for treating childhood diseases and disorders."

The rankings are a result of a methodology that weighed a combination of reputation, outcome and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology and credentialing, among other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in an extensive survey of the hospitals themselves.

"To consistently be distinguished as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation is a tremendous honor," said Dr. Mark Kline, physician-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. "This recognition is truly a testament to the extraordinary work of dedicated physicians, researchers, clinicians and employees driven to achieve excellence year after year."

The 2010 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals is available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and will be featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report available to subscribers on July 15 and on newsstands July 27.

About Texas Children's Hospital

Texas Children's Hospital is committed to a community of healthy children by providing the finest pediatric patient care, education and research. Renowned worldwide for its expertise and breakthrough developments in clinical care and research, Texas Children's is nationally ranked in all ten subspecialties in U.S. News & World Report's list of America's Best Children's Hospitals. Texas Children's also operates the nation's largest primary pediatric care network, with more than 40 offices throughout the greater Houston community. Texas Children's has embarked on a $1.5 billion expansion, Vision 2010, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute, a comprehensive obstetrics facility focusing on high-risk births and a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children's Hospital, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news from Texas Children's Hospital by visiting the online newsroom and on Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.

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