In June, the U.S. News & World Report has released its eighth annual ‘Best Children's Hospitals’ rankings, a guide to the best care for children who face life-threatening, rare or demanding conditions or procedures. Boston Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia top the Honor Roll.
Whether a hospital was ranked and how high depended on its performance in three areas:
- clinical outcomes such as cancer survival and rates of various infections;
- efficiency and coordination of care delivery, and
- the availability of programs tailored to particular illnesses and conditions.
Each of the three major areas contributed one-third of a hospital's score. The survey report ranks the 183 pediatric hospitals on their performance in ten pediatric specialties. The survey also asked 150 specialists and subspecialists in each of the ten specialties to name up to ten hospitals they consider best for children with serious or difficult problems without regard to price or location.