Boston Children’s Hospital Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report

Boston, Mass – June 9, 2015 - Boston Children’s Hospital ranks first overall according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Boston Children’s ranks first in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology; second Neonatology; third in Orthopedics and; fourth in Pulmonology. Boston Children’s partners with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to operate Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.

"These rankings are a testament to Boston Children's Hospital's commitment to providing the best family-centered care across the broadest spectrum of specialties," says President and CEO Sandra L. Fenwick. "It's no longer enough to the be the best in world-class care and groundbreaking research and innovation—to be #1, you must be the leader in keeping families at the center of everything you do."

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

"Boston Children's Hospital's performance on this year's U.S. News survey can be directly attributed to our team, and their tireless efforts to provide the best care to more children in more places than ever before," says Kevin Churchwell, MD, EVP of Health Affairs and COO. "At Boston Children's, we live by the philosophy that we are all caregivers. Whether you're a doctor or nurse, frontline staff or scheduler, food service or support personnel, your dedication shows in these rankings."

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

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 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

Erin Tornatore

Boston Children’s Hospital is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since1869. More than 1,100 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and nine members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s today is a 397-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. Boston Children’s is also the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

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