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U.S. News Ranks Cincinnati Children's Among Top Three U.S. Children's Hospitals
Date:5/30/2008

CINCINNATI, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center the third best children's hospital in the United States in general pediatrics in the 2008 edition of its annual "America's Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. The ranking is the highest Cincinnati Children's has ever received from U.S. News.

"This is a huge accomplishment for which we owe a great debt of thanks to the thousands of employees who helped get us there," says James M. Anderson, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children's. "This ranking is a clear demonstration of their hard work and commitment to change the outcome for the children we serve."

Using a new methodology this year, U.S News discontinued its ranking of the "top 30 pediatric hospitals" overall and added the category of "top 30 in general pediatrics" -- a category in which hospitals are ranked by measures that are appropriate to pediatric care in general. In addition, U.S. News ranked for the first time the best children's hospitals for specialty care such as cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal, neurology and neurosurgery, and respiratory disorders. Cincinnati Children's ranked in the top 20 in all of these specialties: #3 in digestive diseases, #3 in respiratory diseases, #4 in cancer, and #8 in heart and heart surgery and #17 in neurology and neurosurgery.

"Very sick kids need very special care," said U.S. News 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."

Cincinnati Children's continues to enhance its reputation as a national and international referral center for complex cases. This is occurring th
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