Akron Children’s Hospital in U.S. News Media Group’s 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings


Akron Children’s Hospital has been ranked in four pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, now available online at

Akron Children’s ranked 31st in the country in pediatric orthopedics, 40th in pediatric pulmonology, 42nd in pediatric nephrology and 48th in neonatology.

“We salute Akron Children’s Hospital,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children's Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and Akron Children’s is one of those centers.”

The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Seventy-six hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.

Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

Akron Children’s Hospital executive vice president Shawn Lyden said the rankings confirm what Northeast Ohio parents and physicians already know about the quality of the care at Akron Children’s.

“We have made great strides in quality and outcome measures,” said Lyden, “and much of that comes from our willingness to share data and collaborate with Ohio’s seven other children’s hospitals, as well as children’s hospitals across the country.”

Lyden also credits the hospital’s aggressive program to recruit pediatric specialists who are well known and respected in their fields.

“Our growth – we now offer services in 86 locations throughout the state – has been dramatic, yet our mission-driven approach to providing the best care for children is as strong as ever for our doctors, nurses and entire team,” Lyden said.

For the full rankings and methodology, visit

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