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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Ranks Number One in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 Edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals
Date:5/29/2008

PHILADELPHIA, May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has been ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals, published online at http://www.usnews.com/pediatrics and in the magazine's June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2. This is the sixth consecutive time that CHOP has been ranked the number one pediatric hospital in the nation.

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 includes the 30 top-ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics. CHOP ranked number one in cancer, neonatal care, and respiratory disorders, second in heart and heart surgery and digestive disorders, and third in neurology and neurosurgery.

"While we are honored by this ranking, we understand there is still much more to do to constantly improve the ideal patient experience for patients, families, and employees. We are humbled by the ranking and recommit ourselves daily to every child affected by our work," said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

"Very sick kids need very special care," said Senior Writer Avery Comarow, who has been editor of the America's Best Hospitals and America's Best Children's Hospitals annual rankings since their inception. "The best places for them are pediatric facilities with a deep pool of expertise in their particular illness. Breaking out key specialties is crucial to help parents and other caregivers find these facilities."

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 repu
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