Boston Children’s Hospital is the country’s top hospital for children, according to U.S. New & World Report.
This marks the 3rd consecutive year and the fifth time in 6 years that Boston Children’s Hospital either has earned the honor on its own or been tied for the top spot. This year’s second-place finisher, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, was first in 2013-2014 and tied for first in 2014-2015 and 2012-2013.
The institutions in third and fourth place – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston – remain the same as last year, but the fifth-place hospital, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, was not even in the top 10 last year, U.S. News & World Report said in its 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, which were released June 27.
Of the 187 facilities that qualified for inclusion this year, 113 submitted sufficient data to be considered in at least one of the 10 specialties that make up the rating: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. In addition, a survey of individuals conducted to establish the hospitals’ reputations – generally worth about 15% of a hospital’s score in each specialty – was completed by 3,269 physicians.
Boston Children’s Hospital was ranked first in five of the ten specialties, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia finished first in diabetes/endocrinology and pulmonology, Texas Children’s Hospital was first in cardiology/heart surgery, Children’s National Medical Center was first in neonatology, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis topped the cancer ranking, U.S. News & World Report said.
The research organization, RTI International, conducted the physician survey and produced the methodology and national rankings under contract with U.S. News & World Report.