Boston Children’s Hospital Nabs Top Spot As Country’s Best Pediatric Hospital

Source: Boston Children's Hospital

For its sixth year in a row, the Boston Children’s Hospital, yet again, sits on the top of the country’s best pediatric hospital list as recognized by a report by the U.S. News and World Report.

The Best Children’s Hospitals in the U.S. News and World Report were first introduced in 2007. It is a basis to “help families with complex and rare conditions find the best medical care for their children.” The list also helps guide parents find the best medical care available in consultation with their doctors and other medical professionals.

Today, The U.S. News and World Report released its Best Children’s Hospitals list for its 13th year recognizing the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties.

The 2019-2020 rankings are based on the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals including patient outcomes such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

In a press release approved by the Boston Children’s Hospital, both the CEO and COO expressed their gratitude for receiving such honor and recognition.

“We are deeply honored to have again earned the distinction of being the nation’s top-ranked children’s hospital,” says Boston Children’s CEO Sandra L. Fenwick. “It’s a tribute to the doctors, nurses, researchers and so many other staff whose exceptional work every day is improving the health and well-being of children from around the world and around the corner. Congratulations to the entire Boston Children’s team.”

“For our extraordinary team, this ranking is a badge of honor for the limitless dedication, imagination and compassion they bring to everything they do,” says President and COO, Kevin B. Churchwell, MD. “It’s their unyielding commitment to finding answers to the toughest questions for patients and families that continues to make Boston Children’s the best pediatric hospital in the country.”

Furthermore, Boston Children’s landed at the top of the publication’s Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to 10 hospitals that “deliver exceptionally high-quality care across multiple specialties,” U.S. News said in a statement.

The Boston Children’s Hospital also ranked No. 1 in five of the 10 specialties evaluated by the publication namely: cancer, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology. In the remaining specialties it continued to get high marks, getting ranked at No. 5 for cardiology & heart surgery, No. 2 for diabetes & endocrinology, No. 4 for gastroenterology & GI surgery, No. 2 for neonatology, and No. 3 for pulmonology.

Meanwhile, other hospitals with No. 1 rankings in other specialties included Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for diabetes & endocrinology and gastroenterology & GI surgery; Texas Children’s Hospital for cardiology & heart surgery and pulmonology & lung surgery; and Children’s National Medical Center for neonatology.

Here’s the full list of pediatric hospitals that made it to U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll:

1. Boston Children’s Hospital
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (tie)
3. Texas Children’s Hospital (tie)
5. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
6. Children’s National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.)
7. Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
8. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
9. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
10. Seattle Children’s Hospital

The list above is drawn from a general hospital rankings report, which U.S News said included data from around 5,000 hospitals in the country. The publication then created rankings for various specialties. Of the 16 medical specialties highlighted in the rankings, only 158 hospitals performed well enough to be ranked nationally.

In related news, public schools in Boston will provide free menstrual supplies to students grades 6 through 12 as part of a $100,000 pilot program, Mayor Marty Walsh’s office, as reported by Boston.

“This pilot program is about equity in our schools, and among our young people,” Walsh said in a statement. “Nearly one in five girls in the U.S. have left school early or missed school altogether because they didn’t have access to menstrual products. I’m proud BPS continues to be a leader in equity, ensuring our students have the resources they need and access to the same opportunities.”

Supplies will be readily available in schools such as the nurse’s office.

“I’m grateful to Mayor Walsh for funding this important program, and making sure that girls in BPS don’t have to choose between taking care of their health, and going to class,” said Laura Perille, interim BPS superintendent. “Offering free, easily accessible menstrual supplies means that more students will have access to the supplies they need and are able to stay in class and focus on their education.”

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