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U.S. News Ranks Cincinnati Children's Among Top 10 Pediatric Hospitals

Reputation Score Rises Compared to 2005 Survey


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CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has again been named among the 10 best pediatric hospitals in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. Cincinnati Children's ranks 8th among the more than 250 children's hospitals in the United States.

In addition, Cincinnati Children's reputation score rose from 11.9 percent in 2005 to 12.3 percent in 2006. Of those pediatricians surveyed in 2005, 11.9 percent named Cincinnati Children's as one of the five best pediatric centers, while 12.3 percent named it one of the five best this year.

"Our growing reputation among the top 10 children's hospitals is a reflection of our vision to be the leader in improving child health and to transform delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation," says James M. Anderson, president and chief executive officer of Cincinnati Children's. "We are committed to achieve for our patients the best outcomes, the best patient and family experience and the best value."

U.S. News has published "America's Best Hospitals" for 17 years as a starting point to help consumers find the highest quality care for difficult problems. Just 176 hospitals scored high enough this year to rank in even a single specialty out of nearly 5,200 hospitals evaluated.

To determine the best hospitals for pediatrics, U.S. News asked 200 board-certified pediatricians to name five hospitals they consider best in their specialty for difficult cases, regardless of cost or location. The 25 hospitals ranked in pediatrics were cited by at least 3 percent of physicians who responded to U.S. News surveys in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

"Most of the institutions ranked are referral centers, where the sickest patients are sent for advanced care," according to U.S. News. "Such hospitals follow -- and often pioneer -- new treatment guidelines, conduct bench-to-bedside research and exploit the latest advances in imaging, surgical devices and other technologies."

The survey is not the first by U.S. News this year in which Cincinnati Children's ranked among the nation's medical best. Earlier this year, U.S. News ranked the department of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's and the University of Cincinnati Medical Center the fourth best pediatric program at a medical school in the United States, behind only Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. The fourth-place ranking, based on a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty, was found in the U.S. News & World Report annual guide to America's best graduate schools.

The "America's Best Hospitals" guide is scheduled to hit newsstands July 10.

Cincinnati Children's is a 475-bed institution devoted to bringing the world the joy of healthier kids. Cincinnati Children's is dedicated to transforming the way health care is delivered by providing care that is timely, efficient, effective, family-centered, equitable and safe. It ranks third nationally among all pediatric centers in research grants from the National Institutes of Health. The Cincinnati Children's vision is to be the leader in improving child health.

Contact Information

Jim Feuer, 513-636-4656, jim.feuer@cchmc.org