Cincinnati Children's Hospital ranks No. 3 in nation on U.S. News & World Report's rankings

Hospital ranks No. 1 in pediatric cancer program

CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center may be a local fixture when it comes to children's healthcare, but the hospital is again receiving national attention after it ranked as one of the nation's best, according to U.S. News and World Report.

On Tuesday, U.S. News and World Report released its seventh annual Best Children's Hospital rankings in which Cincinnati Children's Hospital came in at No. 3 in the nation. Children's Hospital, 3333 Burnet Ave., ranked behind Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in the No. 1 spot and Boston Children's Hospital at No. 2. To see the full list, go to http://bit.ly/14Rrp6w .

This is the third consecutive year that Cincinnati Children's placed third in the top 10 ranking.

"I'm proud that we are again recognized as one of the top three children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report," President and CEO of Cincinnati Children's Michael Fisher said in a news release . "Our exceptional overall ranking and the stellar rankings of so many of our programs are the result of hard work and teamwork throughout the medical center."

To watch a video of Children's Hospital's Dr. Marc Levitt share the good news with some of the patients, click on the video player below. (Note to mobile and tablet users: Open the story in a browser to view the video.)

In the 2013-2014 ranking, 87 different hospitals were among the top 50 in at least one of 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. The ranking's top 10 hospitals had high scores in three or more specialties.

Children's Hospital ranked in 10 pediatric specialties:

  • No. 1 in Pediatrics: Cancer
  • No. 5 in Pediatrics: Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • No. 6 in Pediatrics: Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • No. 3 in Pediatrics: Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
  • No. 14 in Pediatrics: Neonatology
  • No. 2 in Pediatrics: Nephrology
  • No. 4 in Pediatrics: Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • No. 3 in Pediatrics: Orthopedics
  • No. 2 in Pediatrics: Pulmonology
  • No. 3 in Pediatrics: Urology

The hospital's cancer program improved to the No. 1 spot after receiving a No. 3 ranking in 2012. The hospital attributed the top ranking to their bone marrow transplant programs, low infection rates and "a culture of collaboration that encourages innovation among laboratory staff, nurses, scientists and doctors from several specialties," according to their website.

"Our program stands out for serving children whose cancers have relapsed and taking on the highest-risk cases, which helps explain why more than 60 percent of our patients travel from other states and countries to receive care here," director of oncology and cancer programs and co-director of our Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute John Perentesis said in a news release.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital, a teaching hospital, has 512 beds and had 18,190 admissions in the most recent year reported. It performed 5,667 annual inpatient and 25,492 outpatient surgeries, according to data from U.S. News. Its emergency room had 125,130 visits.

The rankings were built from a lengthy clinical survey sent to selected hospitals and a reputational survey sent to pediatric specialists and subspecialists. RTI International, a North Carolina research and consulting firm that also generates the Best Hospitals rankings, directed the surveys and analyzed the results.

To read more about Cincinnati Children's Hospital's pediatric specialties, go to http://www.cincinnatichildrens.org/about/us-news-rankings/default/ .

To read more about the nation's best children's hospitals and the methodology behind the rankings, go to http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-childrens-hospitals/articles/2013/06/11/best-childrens-hospitals-2013-14-overview-of-the-rankings-and-honor-roll .

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