Lurie Children's Ranks as One of the Top Children's Hospitals Nationwide

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago ranks # 9 among only 12 children’s hospitals nationwide to qualify for the Honor Roll in the 2012-13 U.S.News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released today. Children’s hospitals that made the Honor Roll were awarded this distinction because they scored high in at least three specialties. Lurie Children’s has five specialties in the top 10, including Urology (#6), Kidney Diseases (#7), Gastroenterology (#8), Cancer (#10) and Orthopedics (#10).

"Our overall ranking among this elite group reflects our strong focus on quality of care," says Patrick M. Magoon, President and CEO, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. "We look forward to making further strides as we open our state-of-the-art facility, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, which was specifically designed to increase patient safety, improve outcomes and accommodate new technology."

Since 2007, U.S. News rankings of children’s hospitals have put an increasing emphasis on survival rates, patient volumes, nurse staffing and available technology. This year, the magazine surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists—150 in each specialty—were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.

The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, kidney disease, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty hospitals across the country made the list in one or more specialties. Read the full rankings and methodology.

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, is a 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14 Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides pediatric care in a setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital relies on philanthropic support to care for more than 149,000 children each year.

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