Phoenix Children’s Hospital ranked among top facilities

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, the only Arizona hospital to make the highly coveted list. This year, Phoenix Children’s ranked in nine out of 10 specialties.

The following Phoenix Children’s subspecialties were ranked top-50 in the nation:

Neurology and Neurosurgery, ranked number No. 14, represented by Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital;

Phoenix Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, ranked No. 16 for cancer care;

The Phoenix Children’s Heart Center, ranked No. 16 for Cardiology and Heart Surgery;

Nephrology, ranked No. 17;

Urology, ranked No. 21;

The Phoenix Children’s Center for Pediatric Orthopedics, ranked No. 28;

Pulmonology, ranked No. 28;

Gastroenterology and GI surgery, ranked No. 36; and

Diabetes and Endocrinology, ranked No. 37.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’ Top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in ten high volume subspecialties. Eighty-three hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data, patient volume and reputation among pediatric specialists nationwide.

“It’s very gratifying to be listed among the best children’s hospitals across the country,” said Robert L. Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s. “The rankings reflect the dedication of our physicians, nurses and staff. Their commitment to providing the highest quality and most advanced pediatric care has received a very significant badge of honor today.”

The results also indicate a steady rise in specialty rankings. From four ranked specialties last year to nine this year with four of those in the top 20, “You will not find this quality, experience, or breadth of services anywhere else in Arizona,” said Meyer.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with acute, rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Scores are weighted to recognize superior patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News gathered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. One-sixth of the score came from an annual survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty.. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense. These reputation scores are averaged over a rolling three-year period.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

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, available in September.