U.S. News names Nationwide Children’s one of America’s 10 “Best of the Best”

It’s a big week here at Nationwide Children’s – in addition to our Grand Opening this weekend we learned that U.S. News & World Report’s has recognized our hospital on the “Honor Roll” as one of America’s 10 best children’s hospitals.

Making the US News Honor Roll is a big deal. This list is made up of only the highest scoring hospitals among all those ranked by US News annually in ten pediatric specialties. This is the seventh straight year that Nationwide Children’s has been recognized by U.S News and once again we ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties. Four of our service lines were in the top 10.

#5 in Gastroenterology

#7 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery

#8 in Pulmonary

#10 in Neurology and Neurosurgery

#11 in Urology

#11 in Nephrology

#12 in Diabetes and Endocrinology

#14 in Neonatology

#30 in Cancer

#36 in Orthopedics

So why do rankings matter? In some ways – they don’t. We always focus on being the “best of the best.” Every day our team is committed to delivering great care, discovering cures through research and teaching the next generation of great doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals – that is the constant force that drives us in the long-term.

But certain rankings are important because they are an external validation of the quality of our staff, our programs as well as our reputation. And some, like U.S. News are very influential. For example, we know (from a recent survey) that more than 35% of our residency candidates look at the U.S. News rankings when they consider where they want to do their pediatric training after medical school. The brightest students are often attracted to the higher ranking programs and we want these “best of the best” to come to Nationwide Children’s. We also know many parents look at these ratings when they are considering a specialist to care for their child – especially if they are considering long-distance travel to see us.

If you’re interested in learning how U.S. News selects the Best Children’s Hospital they offer a great description on their website. At the end of the day – these rankings are a salute to our great staff and that’s something to celebrate – Go Team!


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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