Akron Children’s ranks amongst the best children’s hospitals


Akron Children’s Hospital ranked in seven pediatric specialties in U.S.  News and World Report’s annual ranking of the Best Children’s Hospitals for 2015-16.

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The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Eighty three children’s hospitals ranked in at least one specialty based on a combination of both clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists.

“We are always pleased to see our pediatric specialties recognized by the U.S. News & World Report rankings,” said Shawn Lyden, executive vice president of Akron Children’s Hospital. “Feedback such as this helps us as we strive to be the best we can be in caring for children. It’s great to be ranked amongst our country’s best children’s hospitals, and we are particularly pleased to have Urology place in the top 20 for the first time.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with 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.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

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 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

The full rankings and methodology are available at

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