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Children's Hospital Boston Ranked Number One in New England
Date:5/29/2008

Named number one in the nation in cardiology and GI by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" for 2008

BOSTON, May 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital Boston has again been listed as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue, dated June 9.

Since the magazine began ranking hospitals 19 years ago, Children's has always been positioned as the first or second best pediatric hospital in the country. This year, Children's is ranked second nationally and remains the number one pediatric hospital in New England. In a further extension of the 2007 pediatric rankings that listed the top 30 pediatric centers overall, the 2008 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" now ranks the top hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery and respiratory disorders, all in addition to the general overall ranking. Children's was named the nation's top hospital for care of digestive disorders and for heart and heart surgery, while receiving second place honors in cancer care and neurology and neurosurgery.

"The results of this survey are a testament to the unwavering dedication and hard work of the caregivers, employees and volunteers here at Children's," said James Mandell, MD, president and CEO of Children's Hospital Boston. "We pride ourselves on providing exceptional care and service and these results are solid proof of that mission."

Children's Hospital Boston clinicians and researchers are responsible for bringing some of the most important advances to research and medicine in the world. In the last year, researchers at Children's discovered a genetic cause for a small subset of autism cases, made significant advances in reprogramming adult stem cells and creating new embryonic stem cell lines, and moved surgery on beating hearts several steps closer to clinical application. In addition, the hospital earned Magnet status from American Nurses Credentialing Center for its excellence in nursing.

According to U.S.News, the purpose of the "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue is to assist consumers in identifying medical institutions known to demonstrate the highest level of expertise in diagnosing, treating, or managing difficult medical conditions.

"All of the publicly available databases, as well as our own comparisons, find that Children's consistently performs at world class levels," adds Mandell. "We hear this from our patients and families every day, but it's always gratifying to hear it from outside sources as well."

The specialty rankings of this year's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" were based on a new and improved methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at http://www.usnews.com/pediatrics.

Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) in either of two categories -- a freestanding children's hospital or a children's "hospital within a hospital" (a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center). In addition, several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. Of the 143 children's hospitals invited to complete a survey asking for information as detailed as whether a center offers postgraduate fellowships in pediatric cardiology, 113 responded. The survey was constructed by RTI International, which collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings.

Full rankings for America's Best Children's Hospitals can be found online at http://www.usnews.com/pediatrics

Children's Hospital Boston is home to the world's largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center, where its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. More than 500 scientists, including eight members of the National Academy of Sciences, 11 members of the Institute of Medicine and 10 members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute comprise Children's research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Children's Hospital Boston today is a 397-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care grounded in the values of excellence in patient care and sensitivity to the complex needs and diversity of children and families. Children's also is the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. For more information about the hospital visit: http://www.childrenshospital.org/newsroom.

About U.S. News & World Report

Founded in 1933, U.S. News & World Report is devoted to reporting and to analyzing national and international affairs, politics, business, health, science, technology and social trends. Through its annual editions of America's Best Colleges, America's Best Graduate Schools, America's Best Hospitals, America's Best Health Plans and America's Best Leaders, as well as its News You Can Use(R) brand, U.S. News has earned a reputation as the leading provider of service news and information that improves the quality of life of its readers. The U.S. News website (http://www.usnews.com) extends that brand promise and delivers the best, most accurate information online, organized in an easily accessible way.

CONTACT: Bess Andrews of Children's Hospital Boston, +1-617-919-3110, elizabeth.andrews@childrens.harvard.edu


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