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US News World Report Rankings | Overview

Every year, U.S. News & World Report releases its rankings of the best pediatric hospitals throughout the country. The goal is to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available in consultation with their doctors and other medical professionals. The rankings are among the most comprehensive sources of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals for patients and families.

U.S. News, together with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collects and analyzes data from 119 children’s hospitals and surveys thousands of pediatric specialists. Children’s hospitals awarded a “Best” designation excel at factors such as clinical outcomes, level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, and expert opinion among pediatric specialists.

Consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation

U.S. News created the Pediatric Honor Roll in 2009 and began ranking children’s hospitals in 2011. There are more than 100 ranked children’s hospitals, and Boston Children’s is the only hospital to be ranked #1 or #2 on U.S News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll 13 years in a row. This year, we ranked second.

"We are honored to be ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals — all working toward the shared goal of making life better for children and families,” says President and CEO, Kevin B. Churchwell, MD. “For our patients and their families, Boston Children’s is a place where they come for care, answers, and hope, and we have the privilege of delivering it.”

For us, these rankings are important not because of the badge or a set of numbers, but because they signify the trust our patients and their families place in us when they choose Boston Children’s. Every day, families look to Boston Children's for answers, treatment, and hope. And every day, they inspire us to meet that challenge by seeing beyond the limitations the rest of the world places on what’s possible. They inspire us to believe that we can do more — that we must do more — for them and for every child in our care. Our audacious goal is to always be a leader for your child and for child health everywhere.