Johns Hopkins Children's Center ranked ninth overall and No. 1 in Maryland in U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the top-ranked children's hospitals in the United States, which was released earlier today.
The Children's Center also earned a spot on the U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll, a list of the 10 pediatric hospitals with the highest point totals in the survey. This marks the Children's Center's eighth appearance since the Honor Roll was established 11 years ago.
Boston Children's Hospital ranked first overall.
Founded in 1912 as the Children's Hospital at Johns Hopkins, the Children's Center offers one of the nation's most comprehensive pediatric medical programs, with almost 110,000 patient visits and nearly 9,000 admissions each year. With 295 beds, it is Maryland's largest children's hospital and is the only state-designated trauma service and burn unit for pediatric patients. Since 2012, the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center Building has been its home.
In a letter sent to the Johns Hopkins Medicine staff this morning, Kevin W. Sowers, the Johns Hopkins Health System president and Johns Hopkins Medicine executive vice president, called the ranking "a testament to the dedication of our exceptional physicians, nurses, and staff members."
Added Redonda G. Miller, president of The Johns Hopkins Hospital: "Every day, our Johns Hopkins Children's Center physicians and staff provide expert, compassionate and healing care for our youngest patients. Their commitment to discovering the cures of tomorrow and to providing world-class care is unparalleled. I'm thrilled that we have once again been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children's hospitals in the country."
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, ranked nationally in both cancer and pulmonology programs.
The methodology used by U.S. News to determine its Best Children's Hospitals changes each year and considers three main criteria: structure, which refers to hospital resources directly related to patient care; process, which evaluates commitment to best practices and infection prevention; and outcomes, which measure survival as well as functional success and adverse events.
As in previous years, the Children's Center is ranked among the top children's hospitals in all 10 specialties surveyed by U.S. News. Eight of Johns Hopkins Children's Center's specialties are ranked among the top 20 nationally, with four in the top 10 and one in the top five. They are:
- Cancer: No. 5
- Neurology and neurosurgery: No. 8
- Urology: No. 8
- Nephrology: No. 9
- Gastroenterology and GI surgery: No. 11
- Pulmonology: No. 11
- Neonatology: No. 12
- Orthopedics: No. 19