The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is proud to announce it has once again earned the No. 1 spot on the U.S.News & World Report Honor Roll of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals. It is the third consecutive year CHOP has topped the Honor Roll.
In addition to the overall Honor Roll ranking, U.S. News evaluates children’s hospitals in 10 specialty areas. For 2013-14, CHOP ranked in the top 4 nationwide in all 10 specialties. Two CHOP programs earned No. 1 rankings: Pulmonology and Urology.
“We are humbled to be recognized again by U.S.News & World Report with a number one ranking among the nation’s children’s hospitals,” said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “This recognition is a tribute to the exceptional work of our staff and their tireless dedication to our patients.”
“As we mark this important milestone, it’s an opportunity to renew our commitment to improve the health of the children who enter our doors, as well as those across the country or the world whom we may never meet,” he added.
Only 10 children’s centers in the nation had high scores in at least three specialties and earned a place on the 2013-14 U.S. News Honor Roll.
The U.S. News survey methodology combines clinical data and reputational scores from pediatric specialists. Each of the 179 children’s centers in the nation were asked to provide U.S. News with clinical data such as the number of patients treated, surgeries performed, specialty programs offered, infection rates, patient outcomes and more. The reputational scores come from a survey of 1,500 pediatric specialists — 150 in each specialty — in which physicians were asked which hospital they would choose for the sickest children.
“The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia deserves high praise,” said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor at U.S. News. “This ranking shows the dedication and expertise that CHOP brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”
Expert Care for Acute & Chronic Respiratory Issues
Multidisciplinary inpatient/outpatient services, with dedicated asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung transplant and sleep programs. Specialized programs for neonatal and pediatric airway disorders.
Complete Care for Congenital & Acquired Conditions
World leader in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, kidney stone treatment, reconstructive surgery, bladder and voiding problems. 2,500+ surgeries a year.
World Leader in Heart Care From Womb to Adulthood
Highly experienced surgical team. Performs 850+ cardiothoracic surgeries and 1,200+ cardiac catheterizations a year. Specialized cardiac anesthesia. Experts in fetal diagnosis. On-site delivery unit.
Expert Individualized Care in Pediatric Hormone Disorders
World leader in hyperinsulinism. Treats 2,000+ patients with diabetes. Unique research, expertise in bone disease, growth disorders and more.
Skilled Teams for Pediatric GI & Liver Disorders
Leading Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center with 1,400+ patients. Expertise in liver disease/transplant, biliary atresia, GI motility disorders, celiac disease, eosinophilic disorders and more.
3,000+ Surgeries a Year, Multidisciplinary Approach
Leader in spine surgery, VEPTR surgery for thoracic insufficiency syndrome, limb-sparing surgery, hip-conserving surgery, sports medicine, hand disorders and more.
Clinical Pioneers Advancing Care for the Toughest Cancers
Leader in Phase I clinical trials, proton radiation, bone marrow transplants, refractory cancers, surgery and more.
World-class Kidney Treatment
Multidisciplinary team dedicated to the care of children with kidney failure. Specialized Stone Center. Expertise in dialysis and transplant.
Skilled Treatment of Brain & Spine Disease & Injury
A leader in surgery and comprehensive care for brain tumors, traumatic injury, pediatric stroke, epilepsy, neuromuscular disease and more.
Leader in Newborn and Infant Care
Level 4 NI/ICU. Multidisciplinary expertise caring for children with birth defects, airway disorders, chronic lung disease, craniofacial disorders, issues related to prematurity and more.
CHOP earned high marks for its dedication and expertise across multiple specialties, the quality of its treatment, survival rates, research and other factors. The hospital was also recognized for its strong reputation with specialists and excellent nurse-patient ratios.
As the nation’s first children’s hospital, CHOP has a history of innovation and excellence. The 516-bed facility in Philadelphia is home to world-renowned programs for cancer, cardiac care and fetal surgery.
CHOP treats more than 1.2 million children a year through hospital admissions and outpatient visits. The Hospital’s Care Network serves patients at more than 50 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
For families of sick children, U.S. News' Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance, in addition to the opinions of physicians.
To create the 2013-14 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 179 pediatric centers and asked 1,500 doctors in 10 pediatric specialties where they would send the sickest children.
Whether a hospital was ranked and how high depended on its performance in three areas:
The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, which will be available in August.