N.C. Children's Hospital again named to "America's Best" list

North Carolina Children’s Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” for the seventh consecutive year.

North Carolina Children’s Hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” in the publication’s 2014-15 rankings. This marks the seventh consecutive year that UNC Hospitals has been ranked among the nation’s preeminent pediatric facilities by U.S. News Media Group.

N.C. Children’s Hospital is ranked in seven clinical categories, including:

  • 15th in pulmonology
  • 32nd in endocrinology and diabetes
  • 39th in orthopaedics
  • 44th in cancer
  • 45th in nephrology
  • 48th in gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • 48th in urology

“This recognition reflects the dedication of an extraordinary team of clinicians and scientists who make North Carolina Children’s Hospital a nationally respected leader in pediatric care,” said Wesley Burks, MD, chief physician of N.C. Children’s Hospital and chair of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. “We are proud of these individuals' commitment to put our patients and families first in everything they do at UNC."

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care. The rankings offer an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance based on a combination of clinical data and the institution’s reputation with pediatric specialists.

To gather clinical data for this year's survey, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. The remaining one-sixth of the overall score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“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.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology. Only 89 of the 183 pediatric hospitals surveyed ranked in at least one specialty.

Scoring details for N.C. Children’s Hospital’s rankings, including information on survival rates, nurse staffing ratios, procedure volume, and much more, can be viewed online and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.