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

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S.News & World Report’s 2014 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking.

It is also in the top 10 for all 10 pediatric specialties ranked by U.S. News. The specialties and Cincinnati Children’s rank are:

Specialty: Rank:
Nephrology    2
Pulmonology    2 
Cancer    3
Gastroenterology & GI Surgery    3  
Neonatology    3 
Urology    4
Diabetes and Endocrinology    6
Neurology & Neurosurgery     7
Orthopedics     8
Cardiology & Heart Surgery     9


“I’m proud of our team that again we have been recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News,” said Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s.  “It’s the children and families we serve who compel us to expand our medical expertise, pursue groundbreaking discoveries and provide the best possible quality of care.”  

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance and highlight the top 50 pediatric facilities in the U.S. in 10 specialties (listed above). 

“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.” 

Each year, U.S. News modifies its methodology and hopes to improve the rankings’ usefulness to families with sick children.  The most important changes this year were to increase the weight given to outcomes, best practices and infection prevention and reduce the weight assigned to reputation. 

Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Detailed information can be viewed on, beginning June 10, and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.  

To learn more about how Cincinnati Children’s measures and improves outcomes of care, click here.

About Cincinnati Children’s

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranks third in the nation among all Honor Roll hospitals in U.S.News & World Report’s 2014 Best Children’s Hospitals. It is also ranked in the top 10 for all 10 pediatric specialties. Cincinnati Children’s, a non-profit organization, is one of the top three recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and a research and teaching affiliate of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The medical center 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 Connect on the Cincinnati Children’s blog, via Facebook and on Twitter.

Contact Information

Jim Feuer, 513-636-4656,