Boston Children’s Hospital Ranked Best Pediatric Hospital Nationwide

Boston Children's took the top spot in U.S. News and World Report's 2015-2016 rankings.

U.S. News and World Report announced Tuesday that Boston Children’s Hospital has once again taken the top spot in its rankings for best pediatric hospital in the country.

The 2015-2016 rankings mark the fourth time Boston Children’s has topped the list in the past five years. This year, the hospital took first in six of the ten categories that go into U.S. News’ rankings: cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. Pulmonology was the only sector for which Boston Children’s did not place in the top three.

U.S. News bases its rankings on data gathered from a detailed survey sent to 184 pediatric centers around the country, as well as the opinions of leading pediatric specialists. While Boston Children’s was the only Boston hospital to break into the overall honor roll—the 12 hospitals that scored in the top three for at least three categories—Dana Farber Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center took first in the cancer specialty. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia placed second overall, followed by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Colorado.

In a statement, U.S. News rankings editor Avery Comarow said the goal of the yearly list is to ease parents’ stress in times of health crisis:

“There is nothing more overwhelming for parents than finding care for a child with a rare or life-threatening condition,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News health rankings editor. “We hope the Best Children’s Hospitals provides a good starting point for research and helps make a family’s search for the best care for their child a little easier.”