Report ranks Cincinnati Children's as third best in nation

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center ranks third overall in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report's 2013 Best Children's Hospitals ranking.

In addition, for the first time, the hospital was ranked number one in the pediatric specialty of cancer care.

The Honor Roll recognizes a small number of hospitals that are "unusually competent" across at least three specialties, according to Avery Comarow, health rankings editor at U.S. News.

Cincinnati Children's is ranked in the top 10 for nine of the 10 pediatric specialties that U.S. News ranked and in the top five for eight of the 10 specialties. The specialty rankings for Cincinnati Children's are:

  • Cancer (1)
  • Nephrology (2)
  • Pulmonology (2)
  • Gastoenterology and GI Surgery (3)
  • Orthopedics (3)
  • Urology (3)
  • Neurology and Neosurgery (4)
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (5)
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology (6)
  • Neonatology (14)

"I'm proud that we are again recognized as one of the top three children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News," said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children's.  "Our exceptional overall ranking and the stellar rankings of so many of our programs are the result of hard work and teamwork throughout the medical center."

U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Each hospital's reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Seventy-five percent of each hospital's score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care.

To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. These 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense. This reputational survey made up the remaining 25 percent.

This is the first year that Cincinnati Children's was ranked first in cancer. Cincinnati Children's has become a center known for taking on the most complex childhood cancers and finding innovative ways to help children when traditional treatments no longer work.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.

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