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11 Best Children's Hospitals In The U.S.

Each year U.S. News releases its ranking report for national hospitals who are leaders in their respective areas of care. Almost 200 children's hospitals in the country were evaluated based on key clinical data and detailed surveys, with only eleven hospitals ranking at the top in three or more specialties

Here are the top 11 hospitals to make the cut in this year's best children's hospitals: 


1. Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Boston Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age. 

2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

As the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to caring for child patients, CHOP has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. The hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. In the most recent year reported, the teaching hospital had 31,262 admissions, 88,212 ER visits, and performed 7,568 inpatient and 18,369 outpatient procedures.

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati Children’s began providing specialized care for children 130 years ago. In that time, they’ve grown from a small children's hospital to a large, multisite medical center that cares for children from across the globe. The teaching hospital is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties, with 17,078 admissions reported in the most recent year.

4. Texas Children's Hospital (Houston)

Texas Children's Hospital, located in Houston, Texas, is a not-for-profit healthcare organization whose mission is to create a healthier future for children and women of our global community by facilitating pediatric leadership in patient care, education and research. The hospital was in the top 3 rankings for the specialties of pediatric cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, neurology, and pulmonology. 

5. Seattle Children's Hospital

United by a compelling mission to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease, Seattle Children’s Hospital aims to deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research. The hospital serves as the primary pediatric academic medical center for the region that includes Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

6. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Formerly known as Children's Memorial Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago provides superior pediatric care in a world-class facility that offers the latest cutting-edge innovations in medical technology and research. With a family-friendly design, the 130-year old pediatric provider is the largest in the region and its children patients and their families are at the epicenter of all their efforts.

7. Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a non-profit medical institution with more than 111,000 child patients a year. The hospital is the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California as a provider of more than $232.6 million in annual community benefits for children and families. CHLA is a proud supporter of compassionate patient care, and they are also at the forefront of pediatric education and research efforts that impact the global community of children. 

8. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children through excellence in clinical care, medical education, and medical research. Their team of talented clinicians and medical professionals include commited experts in every aspect of their involvement, from Ambulatory Care to Transplantation and Cardiac Care. These highly skilled professionals provide important care for infants, children and adolescents who make more than 1,000,000 visits to Children’s every year. 

9. Children's Hospital Colorado (Aurora)

CHC Aurora is proud to see more children patients than any hospital in the 7-state region. They make it a priority to pioneer new ways of curing childhood diseases, as a forward-thinker when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. The medical campus in Aurora was designed to enhance care for kids, and it was built with evidence-based design that helps speed kids to recovery. Features of CHC incude 100% private patient rooms, healing color therapy, and views of nature. 

10. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health is the only network in the area whose efforts are exclusively dedicated to pediatric and obstetric care. With multiple specialty locations, pediatric practices, and partner hospitals across the entire Bay Area, the hospital network is extremely accessible to patients in the area. It is also one of the most technologically advanced, family friendly, and environmentally friendly hospitals for children and pregnant women. 

11. Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus)

Nationwide Children's Hospital delivers care for more than one million patient visits each year as one of the country's largest pediatric facilities. NCH was the first freestanding pediatric hospital in Ohio to achieve ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® status, which recognized the hospital as a provider of world-class patient care and innovation.