The Story Behind the Ranking: What It Means to Be Named One of America’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals by US News and World Report

We work every day to provide the best possible care at Nationwide Children’s, and our most important seal of approval is the trust of the families we serve.

Still, it’s nice that our care gets noticed by an outside source – a validation that others recognize our commitment to delivering the best outcomes for children. And for the sixth year in a row, we’ve received one of the top public accolades in our field: U.S. News and World Report has named us as one of America’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals as part of its “ Honor Roll.”

What does that mean?  It means a promise to provide best-in-practice care for your child and a commitment to research that benefits children everywhere.

How do we earn this ranking?  U.S. News annually surveys 184 pediatric centers like ours across the country. The survey is extensive with hundreds of questions.  They want to know about our clinical outcomes and overall quality of care as well  the depth of specialized services and resources available for families in ten different specialties, from cancer to urology.

The survey asks general questions, such as how many nurses a hospital has, and more specific ones, such as the survival rate for certain kinds of cancer. The survey also asks medical specialists around the country where they would send the sickest children to be treated.

Of those 183 centers, 78 have high enough survey scores to be ranked in at least one specialty. A select number that rank particularly high in many specialties make the Honor Roll. This year, only 11 pediatric centers in the entire country received that distinction. Nationwide Children’s is once again one of them.

In addition, Nationwide Children’s is ranked in all ten specialties that U.S. News surveys:

#6 in Pulmonary

#8 in Cancer

#8 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery

#9 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery

#9 in Urology

#10 in Neonatology

#12 in Nephrology

#14 in Diabetes and Endocrinology

#14 in Neurology and Neurosurgery

#23 in Orthopedics

As you may have seen recently, we’re continuing to develop the future of child health with plans for expanding care and research on our campus. The centerpiece will be a new Behavioral Health Pavilion, the most comprehensive facility of its kind in the nation. Our $730 million investment isn’t just for buildings, of course, but for the children and families those buildings will help nurture.

We’re proud of the rankings, and they are deserved recognition for our physicians and employees. But we remain driven to do more, to be better, and to earn the trust of the people we care for.

Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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