Akron Children’s Hospital has been ranked in four specialties on the U.S. News Media Group’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, now available online at
Akron Children’s ranked:
- 41st in Pediatric Urology
- 44th in Pediatric Orthopedics
- 44th in Pediatric Neurology/Neurosurgery
- 44th Neonatology
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.
“Having a child who is born with or develops a serious illness is one of the most difficult situations a parent can face,” said Ben Harder, chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News. “Our Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are designed with parents and young patients in mind. By having access to the most comprehensive data available to supplement guidance from their pediatrician, families are able to make better-informed decisions about where to seek high-quality care for their children.”
The Best Children’s Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.
Akron Children’s Hospital Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Lyden said the hospital is always pleased to receive external recognition of the quality of its programs.
“Whether or not we are ranked does not impact the tremendous effort we invest in maximizing quality and outcomes across a wide spectrum of areas, and that is a priority that comes from the very top with our board of directors,” said Lyden. “Our day-to-day work is focused on delivering the highest quality care for our patients so honors like this are nice reminders that we are on the right path.”
Pediatric Urology has consistently been ranked by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Daniel McMahon, medical director of Urology. “We are confident that we provide state-of-the-art care to our patients. We are committed to constant and continued improvement in the care we offer our patients.”
In Pediatric Orthopedics, the department has developed a strong culture of quality and safety using a scientific approach with multiple team members participating in process improvement.
Dr. Kerwyn Jones, chair of the Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, also believes his department’s ranking reflects increased exposure and a growing reputation among their peers nationwide.
“The increased involvement of our providers at national venues includes research presentations and publications, active participation in national quality initiatives and leadership involvement with national orthopedic projects aimed at improving pediatric orthopedic health care,” said Dr. Jones.