U.S. News & World Report ranks Children’s Hospital among nation’s best

For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin No. 5 in cardiology and heart surgery.

The Children’s Hospital also earned top spots in eight other specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

It ranked No. 13 in gastroenterology and GI surgery; No. 14 in cancer; No. 20 in nephrology; No. 20 in pulmonary; No. 30 in neurology and neurosurgery; No. 32 in neonatology; No. 37 in orthopedics; and No. 40 in urology.

“Children’s Hospital continues to provide an unmatched depth and breadth of care,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, chief operating officer of the Children’s Hospital and executive vice president of the Children’s Hospital and Health System. “We have built one of the most prestigious pediatric hospitals in the country with outcomes consistently among the best in the nation. We have a unique perspective because we are the only health system dedicated solely to the health and well-being of all children in Wisconsin.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News health rankings editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

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