St. Louis Children’s is only St. Louis hospital to rank in all 10 U.S. News categories 

In each of the 10 specialties surveyed, St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine again rank among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication released its annual “Best Children’s Hospitals” edition, along with the methodology used to prepare the rankings. 

Of the 183 pediatric hospitals surveyed nationwide, only 25 ranked in all 10 specialties—including St. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University. St. Louis Children’s Hospital was the only hospital in St. Louis to rank in all 10 specialties. 

“At St. Louis Children’s Hospital, we strive to be guardians of childhood, to protect a child’s right to have a healthy childhood,” says Joan Magruder, hospital president. “These rankings serve as a reinforcement of the importance of that mission and remind us that we are accomplishing our goals.” 

The 10 pediatric specialties are cancer, cardiology/ heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. 

Surveyors measured hospitals in three categories: resources—which refer to staffing, technology and specialty services; delivery of health care— which includes infection prevention methods, best practices and overall reputation; and clinical outcomes, such as patient survival, infection rates and complications. 

St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, and many of the medical innovations that attract families to the hospital arise from that academic partnership. 

“We are constantly expanding on the delivery of exceptional cutting-edge care to all children in need,” says Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, head of the department of pediatrics. “The U.S. News survey results confirm that both institutions continue to foster a shared dedication to excellence in medical education, care and community outreach.” 

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. 

For a full listing of hospital rankings and methodology, visit health.usnews.com/besthospitals/ pediatric-rankings. 

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