Leapfrog named 118 hospitals to its 2018 Top Hospitals list, including 13 top children’s hospitals and 17 rural hospitals. Hospitals must have responded to Leapfrog’s Hospital Survey. Leapfrog Group is a large employer-based organization whose mission is to trigger giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care. The measures emphasize patient safety
US News & World Report’s top pediatric hospitals listed for cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery; neonatology; nephrology (kidney); neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology (respiratory problems) and lung surgery; and urology. Honor roll of 10 hospitals is led by Boston Children’s, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Children’s tied for third with Texas Children’s in Houston. List called Best Children’s Hospitals updated June 2019. Detailed hospital scores for individual measures such as survival, are in the Methodology report
Parents.com magazine March 2013 list of top 10 best children’s hospitals puts The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and those at Boston and Cincinnati at the top of the list. Other top 10 include Milwaukee, Aurora Colorado, Pittsburgh UPMC, Texas (Houston), University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Columbus OH, and Lurie Children’s (Chicago). Top 5 pediatric hospitals by specialty are ranked for pediatric cancer care (led by Children’s of Philadelphia), emergency services, cardiac heart care, Preemie Care, orthopedic and pulmonary care. In addition, 15 runners-up are named. Methodology is vague about dates of its hospital survey (most likely 2011 data or older, which makes this list fairly out of date), but reportedly relies on hospital self-reports of volume, survival rates, safety practices and more. A new list for 2018 has been added to the site: 20 childrens hospitals that rank high for innovation and technology. No details on methodology, other than that a survey was done – possibly of hospitals, but methods are unclear.