2018 marks a decade of Children’s being continuously ranked in all U.S. News specialties

best-childrens-hospitals-10%20specs2.pngSt. Louis, MO - June 26, 2018 - U.S. News & World Report has again ranked St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine among the best in the nation. The publication evaluated pediatric hospitals in specialty areas to compile its list of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. Of the 189 hospitals surveyed nationwide, only 23 ranked in all 10 specialties, including St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine.

“As Guardians of Childhood we count on our team for the brightest medical minds, the most compassionate care, and the latest and most innovative treatment options for children, ” says Joan Magruder, hospital president. “Children in St. Louis, the region, all fifty states and eighty countries around the world count on us to be the best for their child. We take that mission very seriously and this ranking by U.S. News is rewarding honor.”

The 10 pediatric specialties are cancer, cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Additionally, Children’s ranked among the nation’s top 10 in pulmonology (5), neurology & neurosurgery (8) and neonatology (9).

“As a pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, the medical innovations our team is constantly working on attract families from around the world to the hospital,” says Gary Silverman, MD, PhD, pediatrician-in-chief at Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “We are constantly expanding on the delivery of exceptional cutting-edge care to all children.”

St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital within a 250 mile radius to rank in all 10 specialties and overall is ranked in the top seven percent of hospitals in the country.

“This year, St. Louis Children’s Hospital expanded to add more beds and private rooms throughout the hospital, which includes 125 beds in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit,” said F. Sessions Cole, MD, a Washington University neonatologist and director of newborn medicine and chief medical officer for St. Louis Children's Hospital. “This is more than a beautiful, new building with extraordinary technology and amenities for our patients, families and our staff. It is a symbol of our commitment to building the future of medicine and improving the outcomes for all babies and children in St. Louis and across the country.”

The full rankings and methodology are available at USnews.com. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2018 guidebook. 


For more than 130 years, St. Louis Children's Hospital has provided exceptional care for children in all 50 states and 80 countries around the world. With its academic partner, Washington University School of Medicine, Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. A member of BJC Healthcare, St. Louis Children’s Hospital follows one simple mission – to do what’s right for kids. That mission comes to life through medical discovery, innovative therapies and compassionate care. In 2018, Children's expanded with a state-of-the-art, 12-story medical tower. Children’s relies on generous donors to deliver specialized care for families in need, extend health care services to the community, and pursue research that promises to transform pediatric medicine. To find out more, visit StLouisChildrens.orgFacebookTwitter and Instagram.