Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin ranks among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

June 10, 2014 College News - U.S. News & World Report has ranked Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in all 10 specialties in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This ranking is just one of a number of awards that recognizes Children’s as one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation.

U.S. News ranked Children’s #5 in Heart, #11 in Orthopedics, #12 in Nephrology, #14 in Neurology, #16 in Pulmonary, #18 in Urology, #19 in Gastroenterology, #21 in Neonatology, #26 in Diabetes/Endocrine, and #34 in Cancer.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

“Children’s Hospital is one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation and the results reflect the vision and commitment we have to achieve amazing outcomes for the kids and families we serve,” said Peggy Troy, CEO, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

“I know you join me in congratulating all of the individuals who contributed in some way to this outstanding national recognition, and for the dedication and compassion they show each day in treating our youngest patients,” said Joseph E. Kerschner, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President. “This is an achievement in which the entire MCW community can take immense pride.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.

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