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  U.S.News and World Report: Children’s National Medical Center among Best Children’s Hospitals
June 5, 2012

Washington, DC—For the second year in a row, Children’s National Medical Center is ranked among America’s best pediatric institutions by U.S.News & World Report in all 10 specialties. In the areas of neonatology, cancer, and neurology and neurosurgery, Children’s National ranked in the top 10, while being placed in the top 20 in seven specialty areas.

“Being recognized as one of the best pediatric healthcare providers in the country is an honor and reaffirms our increased quality and excellence in specialty areas for children,” said Kurt Newman, MD, president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center. “As we continue to re-imagine how we care for patients and their families we hope to continue improving our care, advocacy, research, and education.”

“Children’s National deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children’s National has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids. Our goal at U.S.News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

Children’s National provides leading pediatric healthcare services in U.S.News ranked areas including neonatology, cancer, heart and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, digestive disorders, orthopaedics, urology, and kidney disease. Additionally, for the fifth consecutive year Children’s National is one of only ten children’s hospitals in the country – and the only children’s hospital in the mid-Atlantic region – named to the Leapfrog Group’s 2011 Top Hospitals List. Children’s is also consistently a top ranked freestanding children’s hospital in terms of funding from the National Institutes of Health for pediatric research.

“This distinction from U.S.News recognizes the doctors, nurses, and staff who are dedicated to providing world-class care to all children regionally, nationally, and internationally, and improving on that care by continuing to develop advancements in pediatric medicine,” said Mark Batshaw, MD, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Chief Academic Officer at Children’s National Medical Center.

Looking at nearly 200 pediatric centers across the country, the U.S.News & World Report rankings weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a survey covering important medical information. The rankings can be found on the U.S.News & World Report website or in the August print edition.

Contact: Emily Hartman or Emily Dammeyer, 202-476-4500

About Children’s National Medical Center
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Home to Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children’s National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit, receive the latest news from the Children's National press room, or follow us Facebook and Twitter.