Arkansas Children’s Ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals List

More Arkansas children with special healthcare needs are receiving world-class care than ever before, according to U. S. News & World Report rankings that put four Arkansas Children’s Hospital specialties among the nation’s top programs.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arkansas Children’s Hospital in four specialties – the most ever – in its new 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

The Arkansas Children’s specialties highlighted include:

· Pediatric Cardiology, ranked No. 37

· Neonatology, ranked No. 38

· Pediatric Pulmonology, ranked No. 47

· Pediatric Urology, ranked No. 48

“Arkansas Children’s has an unyielding commitment to placing children at the very center of everything we do,” said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, Arkansas Children’s president & CEO. “We’re thrilled by the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, which include more of our programs than ever before. This is evidence that we remain steadfast in our mission of championing children.”

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. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric centers.

The 11th annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

“The pediatric centers we rank in Best Children’s Hospitals deliver exceptionally high-quality care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals provide every day.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology considers clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency and coordination of care delivery, and compliance with "best practices.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure and patient volume, availability of programs for particular illnesses and conditions, and much more can be viewed on  

This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook and available on newsstands Sept. 12.