Cincinnati Children’s ranks among nation’s best

Patients at Cincinnati Children’s receive some of the best care in the country, according to the latest hospital rankings by US News and World Report.

Overall, Cincinnati Children’s ranked third among all Honor Roll hospitals in the magazine’s 2012 Best Children’s Hospitals report.

We ranked among the top five pediatric hospitals in nine of the 10 categories reviewed by the magazine, and among the top 10 in all 10 categories.  Our neonatology program was ranked No. 1 nationwide. Learn more about this outstanding program.

“Cincinnati Children’s deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” says Avery Comarow, health rankings editor for the magazine. “Its dedication and expertise reach across multiple specialties, as shown by its Honor Roll listing.”

The rankings compared 178 pediatric hospitals nationwide. Hard data on health care quality — including survival rates, nursing staff size, complication rates and more – accounted for 75 percent of a hospital’s score.  The remaining 25 percent was based on a survey of 1,500 pediatric specialists who were asked where they would send the sickest children in their field.

Here’s how we ranked:

Neonatology                                                      No. 1

Pulmonology                                                      No. 2

Cancer                                                               No. 3

Gastroenterology                                                No. 3

Nephrology                                                        No. 3

Neurology and Neurosurgery                              No. 4

Orthopedics                                                       No. 4

Urology                                                              No. 4

Diabetes and Endocrinology                               No. 5

Cardiology and Heart Surgery                              No. 8

“We’re honored again to be ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation as a result of our strength in clinical care, research and education,” says Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s. “We strive to provide outstanding care across the spectrum of pediatric specialties – and we do it with a focus on quality, safety, family experience and value. Even so, we’re never satisfied and we will keep working to be the leader in improving the health of children in our community and around the world.”


Tim Bonfield

About the Author: Tim Bonfield

Tim Bonfield is an associate in Marketing & Communications at Cincinnati Children's. He joined the medical center in 2009 after 17 years at the Cincinnati Enquirer as an award-winning health beat writer, assistant local news editor and Butler-Warren bureau chief. Tim is a proud Cincinnati native and the frazzled father of two teen daughters.

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  1. Karen June 05, 14:15
    Cincinnati Childrens' is #1 in the world as far as I'm concerned! My granddaughter had vocal chord paralysis and had reconstructive surgery done in Cincinnati after our local specialist could go no further in her treatment after four years of her having a trach. Now she is 100% better, no after effects. Thank God for Cincinnati Children's!
  2. Sandy June 05, 21:34
    Cincinnati Children's is the best. We previously went to another children's hospital for our daughter who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, they told us she needed surgery, we then went to Cincinnati Children's for a second opinion and needless to say they are #1. Dr Denson and our nurse Pam had our daughter on the road to recovery and NO surgery!! Our daughter loves her Dr. and nurse! Thank you Cincinnati Childrens, Dr Denson and Pam in the GI clinic you are the BEST!
  3. Jamie June 06, 06:13
    Children's Hosp. is amazing! My daughter (11) had her spine fused and we spent a week in the hospital with her. The physicians, nurses and staff were excellent. My daughter is not only walking but playing sports she couldn't play before.
  4. Lisa Magoto June 06, 12:19
    I am not surprised that the NICU was rated number one! Our daughter with Trisomy 21 had many, many issues to work through after her birth. 5 1/2 months in the NICU allowed us to see how incredibly talented the team of doctors, nurses, therapists, and other staff members were. Cinci Children's saved our daughter's life, of that I am confident. While we still have some chronic issues, Caroline is a happy and energetic 3 year old! I wouldn't dream of taking her ANYWHERE else for her follow up appointments with her specialists. I could go on and on and list everyone I thought was incredible....but let's just say the whole department is AMAZING!!!!!!!! Well deserved!
  5. Debra June 08, 00:32
    We love this hospital and the staff. Our son was misdiagnosed for 18 years at another Children's hospital before he came here. We live in another state and our 2 hour drive to get our son's care here is worth every mile. Social worker, Maureen Donnelly has made everything possible for our travel, our lodging, even a make a "Dream Come True" for our son to get a computer for college. She has gone above and beyond what any social worker I've ever known has done and I've been a nurse 30 years so I have known plenty in which to compare her dedication to her patients. The doctors, nurses, NP's are exceptional, compassionate and caring. This hospital deserves it's excellent rating. Thank all of you for taking such good care of our son.