U.S. News & World Report Once Again Names Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to Honor Roll as One of America’s ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’

May 17, 2011

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC once again has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” Children’s Hospital is one of 11 pediatric hospitals named to the honor roll.

This year, the magazine ranked the top 50 pediatric hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology. Children’s is ranked in all 10 specialties and is in the top 10 in three of the specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, 3rd; gastroenterology, 6th; and pulmonology, 7th.

“We believe we are one of the most comprehensive children’s hospitals in the nation, with leading experts in a wide array of pediatric subspecialties. The fact that U.S. News ranks Children’s Hospital highly in all 10 categories reinforces that belief,” said Christopher Gessner, president, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. “This is great recognition for the physicians, nurses and other staff here who strive to make us a world leader in children’s health.”

The 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are published today online and also will appear in the Best Hospitals print guide published by U.S. News, available on Amazon.com in mid-August and on newsstands Aug. 30.

Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

Children’s is tied with three other hospitals for 8th place. The 11 hospitals named to U.S. News’ Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals are:

1. Children’s Hospital Boston
1. Children’s Hospital Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
5. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver
5. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
7. Seattle Children’s Hospital
8. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
8. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
8. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, N.Y.
8. St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University

Marc Lukasiak, 412-692-7919, marc.lukasiak@chp.edu
Andrea Kunicky, 412-692-6254, andrea.kunicky@chp.edu