Akron Children's ranks in eight specialties on U.S. News & World Report listing


Akron Children’s Hospital has been ranked in eight pediatric specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, available online at
Akron Children’s was ranked:

The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“The goal of our work in clinical care, education and research is simply to be the best we can be for the benefit of our patients and their families,” said Shawn Lyden, executive vice president for Akron Children’s. “However, being included among the best children’s hospitals in the nation is certainly gratifying.”

Last year, Akron Children’s made the U.S. News list in four areas: orthopedics (33th), pulmonology (40th), nephrology (42nd), and neonatology (48th).

For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, and procedure volumes. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect the hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.

This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data, such as the availability of key resources and the ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists – 150 in each specialty – were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.

Lyden credits Akron Children’s growth, recruitment of top medical talent, and pursuit of excellence for the expanded recognition.

“Whether it is our never-ending quest to improve outcomes for children with asthma or an innovative technique that allows us to correct a child’s heart arrhythmia without radiation exposure, our reputation for innovative quality care continues to grow regionally and nationally,” said Lyden.

“Akron Children’s Hospital deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said health rankings editor Avery Comarow. “Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like Akron Children’s.”

The full rankings and methodology are available at The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.

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