*USN* rolls out Honor Roll of children's hospitals, *Philadelphia* gets top honors

Pennsylvania has a long history of setting medical firsts: the first lectures on anatomy in North America; the first medical school; the first pharmacy school. The state also is home to the first children’s hospital. Being first doesn’t necessarily mean being the best, but in this case, Pennsylvania is the best twice over. Both The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, or CHOP, and The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, or CHP, are on the USN honor roll for the best children’s hospitals in the nation.

CHOP is the nation’s first pediatric hospital, and also one of the best. It snagged the top position this year, breaking last year’s tie with Boston by taking high points in each of the specialties touched on in the USN survey. It’s also a nonprofit teaching hospital, with 800,000 square feet of research space and 459 beds in the children’s general facility. It employs the best of the best – 114 of the U.S. News Top Doctors – in a spread of 30 specialty areas.

Rounding out the honor roll top 10 is CHP, a nonprofit extension of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. It employs 53 physicians from USN’s Top Doctors, covering 23 specialty areas, and houses 296 beds. It has a notable, fast growing NIHfunded pediatric research program, and was also the fastest pediatric hospital in the U.S. to complete the full EMR Adoption Model as determined by HIMMS Analytics for full integration into a paperless, electronic document transaction system, making it easier for health organizations to share patient data and improve quality of care.

U.S. News & World Report made its determinations based on a data survey sent to 179 pediatric centers. Of those, 110 provided enough data to be considered for ranking, with a focus in three areas: clinical outcomes (includes survival and infection rates); efficiency and coordination of care delivery (reputation, best practices, infection control); and care-related resources (availability of staff or programs tailored to specific conditions). Specialists were asked to name up to 10 hospitals they deemed best for children with serious medical issues, without taking price or location into account. Points were awarded based on a hospital’s standing in a specialty.

The full methodology report can be viewed as a PDF here.

USN’s Honor Roll of Children’s Hospitals:

  1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Boston Children’s Hospital
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  4. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
  5. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  6. St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University
  7. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
  8. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  9. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore
  10. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Qualified professionals interested in job openings can visit the CHOP careers page, or the CHP careers page.

U.S. News & World Report Online


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