U.S. News & World Report has released the 2015-16 Best Children's Hospitals rankings of America's top pediatric facilities. Duke Children’s was ranked among the top 50 nationally in eight areas of specialty, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, pulmonology and urology.
“We are proud and honored to be ranked by U.S. News and World Report in eight programmatic areas,” says Ann Reed, MD, chair of the Duke Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s. “I firmly believe this distinction reflects the high quality care we deliver and our outstanding commitment to our patients and their families."
The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties. Eighty-three hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation among pediatric specialists.
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, without regard to price or location.
“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said Avery Comarow, rankings editor for U.S. News Health. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”
U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. Best Children's Hospitals 2015-16 goes well beyond rankings, offering families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on the U.S. News & World Report website and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2016 Guidebook, available beginning in September.