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Cincinnati Children's Hospital among nation's best

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Children's Hospital is one of only 10 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. to be included on the Honor Roll in the U.S. News and World Reports' 2009 edition of "America's Best Children's Hopstials."

This is the first year U.S. News ranked hospitals by quality of specialty services, not pediatrics in general.  Cincinnati Children's is the only hospital in Ohio to make the Honor Roll.

The honor roll features only those hospitals ranked in all 10 specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders and urology.

Cincinnati Children's is ranked as the best children's hospital in the nation for digestive disorders.  Other specialties and their rank are:

  • Cancer (5) 
  • Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders (4)
  • Heart and Heart Surgery (9)
  • Kidney Disorders (12)
  • Neonatal Care (4)
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery (8)
  • Orthopedics (8)
  • Respiratory Disorders (3)
  • Urology (5)

"Our success has come from linking research, safety, quality and process improvement to taking better care of kids, improving the patient and family experience, and providing the best value," says James Anderson, president and CEO.  "This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our staff and we are honored to work on behalf of children around the world."

The methodology behind this year's rankings weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatricspecialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered from the hospitals themselves in a 65-page survey covering important medical information.  This ranged from surgical death rates to whether pediatric anesthesiologists and other sub-specialists are on staff. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at

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