CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the second-best children’s hospital in the country, according to a U.S. News and World Report analysis that surveys 189 hospitals.
This year’s ranking is historic for Children’s; the hospital had been placed at third in the nation for the past seven years.
The analysis also ranks Children’s first in the pediatric specialties of cancer and gastroenterology/GI surgery care.
Chief Operating Officer Steve Davis said in a news release the jump in rankings reflects the dedication of the hospital’s employees.
“We’ve reached number two in the nation because we put kids first,” Davis said.
In addition to ranking No. 2 overall, Children’s was ranked among the top five pediatric hospitals in the following specialties:
- Cancer: No. 1
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery: No. 1
- Nephrology: No. 2
- Neurology & Neurosurgery: No. 2
- Urology: No. 2
- Diabetes & Endocrinology: No. 3
- Pulmonology: No. 3
- Orthopedics: No. 4
- Neonatology: No. 5
US News and World Report created the rankings by collecting data from clinical surveys sent to nearly 200 hospitals. Analysts also used data from about 11,000 reputation surveys completed by pediatric specialists. North Carolina-based research firm RTI International distributed the surveys and analyzed the results. Click here to view the Best Children's Hospitals Methodology Report.
Some of the data analysts looked at included survival rates for children who underwent surgery for congenital heart defects, infection rates in neonatal intensive care units, complications from kidney biopsies, adequacy of staffing and infection prevention programs.