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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 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.

About The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country, ranking third in National Institutes of Health funding. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 430-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

America's Best Children's Hospitals, 2008 Edition

General Pediatrics

1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2. Children's Hospital Boston

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

4. Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore

5. Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland

Digestive Disorders

1. Children's Hospital Boston

2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

4. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

5. Children's Hospital, Denver

Neonatal Care

1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2. Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland

3. Children's Hospital Boston

4. New York-Presbyterian Medical Center

5. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Calif.

Respiratory Disorders

1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

4. Children's Hospital Boston

5. Children's Hospital, Denver

Cancer

1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

2. Children's Hospital Boston

3. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

4. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

5. Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle

Heart & Heart Surgery

1. Children's Hospital Boston

2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

3. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

4. C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor

5. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, Calif.

Neurology & Neurosurgery

1. Johns Hopkins Children's Center, Baltimore

2. Children's Hospital Boston

3. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

4. Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic

5. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston

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

CONTACT: Peggy Flynn of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, +1-267-426-6080, flynnp@email.chop.edu


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