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Boston Children’s Hospital named nation’s best


 

For the fourth consecutive year, Boston Children’s Hospital has been named the top children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

The hospital finished among the top five in all 10 pediatric specialties included in the rankings: cancer (third), cardiology and heart surgery (second), diabetes and endocrinology (second), gastroenterology and GI surgery (second), neonatology (third), nephrology (first), neurology and neurosurgery (first), orthopedics (first), pulmonology (fourth), and urology (third), according to the 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, which ranked second overall this year, earned the top spots for cancer and gastroenterology and finished in the top five for seven other specialties. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked third overall (top five in seven specialties), followed by Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston (top five in six specialties) and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. (top five in two specialties), U.S. News reported.

Of the 189 facilities that qualified for inclusion this year, 118 submitted sufficient data to be considered in at least 1 of the 10 specialties and 86 were ranked among the top 50 in at least 1 specialty. 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 4,165 physicians.

RTI International, a research and consulting firm, conducted the physician survey and produced the methodology and national rankings under contract with U.S. News.

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