Cincinnati Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking.

Cincinnati Children’s is one of only 12 Honor Roll hospitals in the United States. The Honor Roll includes hospitals that excel in at least three of the 10 specialties ranked.

Cincinnati Children’s is ranked in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties and in the top five for nine of the 10. The specialties and Cincinnati Children’s rank are:

"We're honored again to be ranked among the best children's hospitals in the nation as a result of our strength in clinical care, research, and education," says Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children's. "We strive to provide outstanding care across the spectrum of pediatric specialties – and we do it with a focus on quality, safety, family experience and value. Even so, we're never satisfied and will keep working to be the leader in improving the health of children in our community and around the world."

“Cincinnati Children’s deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” says Avery Comarow, health rankings editor. “Its dedication and expertise reach across multiple specialties, as shown by its Honor Roll listing. Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like Cincinnati Children’s that help the sickest kids.”

This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists – 150 in each specialty – were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.

This is the first year that Cincinnati Children’s was ranked first in neonatology. The division of Neonatology is part of the Cincinnati Children’s Perinatal Institute. The Institute combines the latest advances in clinical care, research and education to improve outcomes for newborns, especially for those who struggle with birth defects or problems associated with prematurity.

The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level III-C unit, providing the highest level of medical care to premature and critically ill infants with the most complex health problems. The staff incorporates family-centered and developmentally supportive care into its treatment approach. This means that each baby receives the most advanced care possible, provided in a compassionate and respectful environment that puts families at the center of planning and decision making.

The Perinatal Institute combines the divisions of Neonatology, Perinatal Biology, Reproductive Sciences, Pulmonary Biology, and Developmental Biology, and it operates in collaboration with the Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati. Scientists at the institute are at the forefront of landmark research into newborn health issues, including medications to assist lung development, the role of uterine infection in prematurity and the use of breast milk to boost immunity.

Neonatologists at the Perinatal Institute are national leaders. They staff newborn nurseries in all the Greater Cincinnati hospitals and are involved in all aspects of care for newborns. They also work on a local and national level to align efforts in public health, clinical care, quality improvement and research to decrease the incidence of prematurity and birth defects and to improve the health of all newborn babies.

About Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking. It is ranked #1 for neonatology and in the top 10 for all pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is internationally recognized for improving child health and transforming delivery of care through fully integrated, globally recognized research, education and innovation. Additional information can be found at

Contact Information

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