By Jillian Rose Lim
We are proud to share that Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has once again been ranked one of the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, marking the 15th consecutive year that our divisions have received top-notch distinctions. CHOP secured second place in the 2019-2020 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals, a list that seeks to provide an answer to the question that crosses almost every family’s mind: “Which hospitals are best prepared to care for the sickest kids?”
Seven of our programs at CHOP ranked first, second, or third in an evaluation of 10 specialty areas: Alongside the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition ranked in first place. Meanwhile, the Divisions of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pulmonary Medicine, and Urology ranked in second place. Finally, the Divisions of Neonatology and Orthopaedics both ranked in third place.
This recognition across a variety of specialties demonstrates the united commitment and passion held by our clinicians who often also conduct high-caliber breakthrough research alongside their practice. Notably, no other children’s hospital in our region has thus far been named to the Honor Roll.
U.S.News drew from clinical data derived from nearly 200 children’s hospitals as well as an annual survey of nearly 11,000 pediatric specialists across the nation. The rankings take into account a number of factors, including efficiency and coordination of care delivery, patient outcomes (such as mortality, complications, and infection rates), and compliance with best practices. Other metrics of success included procedure and patient volume, the availability of programs for particular conditions, surgical success rates, and adequacy of nurse staffing.
All of these variables, however, begin with the excellent individuals who work hard every day at CHOP to save lives. We extend a big thank you and congratulations to all of our faculty and staff for the work they do to help patients today as well as the groundbreaking research they conduct to change outcomes for the children of tomorrow.