Parents Magazine Names Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC One of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals in the Country

February 4, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - February 4, 2013 - Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has been named one of the 10 Best Children's Hospitals in the country by Parents magazine. Children's Hospital is ranked 6th on the list, which was released today.

Parents will publish the 10 Best Hospitals list  in its March 2013 issue, which will be on newsstands nationwide on Feb. 12, as well as online at

In addition to ranking 6th overall, Children's ranked 6th in emergency care and 9th in pulmonary care.

"Children's is proud to be recognized again as one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the country. In compiling this list,Parents focused on clinical success, research and family-centered care, all of which are the foundation of our approach to being a world leader in pediatric health care," said Christopher Gessner, president, Children's Hospital.

The list provides the most comprehensive family-focused, data-driven comparison of pediatric facilities. Parents survey focused on key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.

The 10 Best Hospitals were ranked by Parents editors with input from a team of medical advisors based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; experience in performing certain complex procedures; depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of patients' families. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.

"Making an informed decision about your child's health care can be overwhelming, especially in the face of a serious illness," says Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents. "We created this guide with the hope of making it easier to find a great hospital when you need one the most." 

In addition to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, the other hospitals named to the Parents magazine Best Children's Hospitals listing are:

  1. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Boston Children's Hospital
  3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  4. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
  5. Children's Hospital Colorado
  6. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  7. Texas Children's Hospital
  8. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
  9. Nationwide Children's Hospital
  10. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

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About Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs and medical education, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has helped establish the standards of excellence in pediatric care. From ambulatory care to transplantation and cardiac care, talented and committed pediatric experts care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 1 million visits to Children's and its many neighborhood locations each year. Children's also has been named consistently to several elite lists of pediatric health care facilities, including ranking 7th among children's hospitals and schools of medicine (FY 2011) in funding provided by the National Institutes of Health, and is one of 12 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of America's "Best Children's Hospitals" for 2012–2013.

About Parents

Parents was founded in 1926 and, along with American Baby, FamilyFun and Ser Padres, makes up The Meredith Parents Network portfolio of parenthood brands. Parents is the leading voice for a community of more than 15 million moms who are engaged and inspired by the brand's trusted content. In turn, these moms enlighten and inspire others by joining ongoing conversations about parenthood via as well through Parents' robust presence on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. Parents is dedicated to engaging and inspiring moms with the information they need, wherever they go.

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