Top Children's Hospitals Report Includes Rankings by Region to Aid Families

Heidi Splete

June 15, 2022

Boston Children's Hospital led the list of 10 children's hospitals across the United States named to the Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll for 2022-2023, issued by U.S. News & World Report.

The 16th annual Best Children's Hospitals rankings were published on June 14.

Rounding out the top 10 on the Honor Roll were Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Texas Children's Hospital, Houston; Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Children's Hospital Los Angeles; Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora; Children's National Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio; UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif.

The Honor Roll hospitals were chosen based on being highly ranked in multiple specialties, such as cancer, cardiology, and orthopedics.

For the second time, the rankings included top hospitals not only in each state, but also in seven multistate regions. The goal of the regional rankings is to help families identify the high-quality pediatric care centers closest to them, according to the U.S. News press release accompanying the rankings.

The top-ranked hospitals for the seven regions were Children's Hospital Los Angeles (Pacific); Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora (Rocky Mountains); Texas Children's Hospital, Houston (Southwest); Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn. (tie for Southeast); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Midwest); Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (Mid-Atlantic); and Boston Children's Hospital (New England).

The 2022-2023 U.S. News rankings identify the top 50 centers across the United States in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology/ heart surgery, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology/gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology/lung surgery, and urology.

For the 2022-2023 rankings, U.S. News requested medical data and other information from 200 pediatric facilities across the United States; 119 responded and were evaluated in at least one specialty, and 90 were ranked in one or more specialties.

Approximately one-third of each hospital's score was based on outcomes such as survival, infections, and surgical complications (although outcomes counted for 38.3% of scores for cardiology and heart surgery). Approximately 13% of the score was based on reputation/expert opinion, determined by an annual survey of experts in the 10 specialties (8% of scores for cardiology and heart surgery), and nearly 60% was based on patient safety, excellence, and family centeredness, according to a statement from U.S. News.

"The Best Children's Hospitals rankings spotlight hospitals that excel in specialized care, offering parents and their pediatricians a helpful starting point in choosing the facility that's best for their child," said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News, in a press release accompanying the rankings.

Also new to the ranking system this year was a measure to assess hospitals' efforts to improve equity of care and to promote diversity and inclusion, which accounts for 2% of each hospital's score in each specialty, according to U.S. News.

This article originally appeared on MDedge.com, part of the Medscape Professional Network.

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