U.S. News & World Report Names Children's to Honor Roll ... again!

Published on 
May 17, 2011

Jump for JoyChildren’s Hospital Los Angeles has once again been named to the elite Honor Roll of children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report rankings released online today.

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Only 11 children’s hospitals in the United States achieved "Honor Roll" status for 2011-12, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the only hospital in California to receive this tribute.

The national magazine ranks children’s hospitals annually for their clinical quality and patient outcomes in 10 different medical specialties - Children's Hospital Los Angeles was ranked high in all 10 categories.

The hospital has been selected to the "Honor Roll" every year since this esteemed list launched in 2009, and Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named among the nation’s best children’s hospitals annually since the inception of the magazine’s rankings in 1990.

“This acknowledgment by U.S. News and World Report is a direct result of the collaboration between our excellent physicians, nurses, clinical staff and employees who work hard every day to provide the best care possible to our patients and their families,” said Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, President and CEO, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “This is also a testament to the hard work of our Board of Trustees and our Safety and Quality Services Committee.”

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles ranked in the Top 20 nationally in all 10 specialty categories that were rated:

  • Cancer #6
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery #11
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology #5
  • Gastroenterology #10
  • Neonatology #17
  • Nephrology #15
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery #17
  • Orthopedics #6
  • Pulmonology #13
  • Urology #18

“Our clinicians believe that the family is an integral part of the healing process,” said Cordova. “We do our best to create an environment where children and families can heal and learn together during the challenges of the particular illness or injury. Our caregivers understand that the family is the constant in a child’s life, and that excellent care supports the entire family.”

The clinical team’s commitment to family-centered care will be showcased when the hospital opens its new Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion in July. The $636 million, 317-bed inpatient tower was created with family-centered care in mind as 85 percent of its rooms are private and designed so parents can spend more time and stay overnight comfortably with their child. The new Pavilion will be the nation’s most advanced pediatric care facility when it opens and begins a new chapter for the hospital that has been providing quality patient care to the community for 110 years.

In addition to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the prestigious list of national "Honor Roll" hospitals for 2011-12 includes: Children’s Hospital Boston, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University.

The Best Children’s Hospitals list pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate in the rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties. Seventy-six hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.