For the past 15 years, parents have turned to U.S. News and World Report’s national rankings of children’s hospitals when searching for specialized pediatric care. To help parents find those services closer to home, this year’s annual list of best children’s hospitals also includes state and regional rankings. In the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area, four pediatric hospitals have been ranked among the best in the seven-state mid-Atlantic region.
Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., secured the No. 2 spot on the list of best children’s hospitals in the mid-Atlantic region. Nationally ranked in 10 pediatric specialties, including No. 1 in neonatology, Children’s National also earned the No. 7 spot on the 2021-2022 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll. This Honor Roll recognizes the 10 hospitals ranked highest in multiple specialties.
In the No. 4 spot is Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, which is nationally ranked in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer and nephrology. Inova L. J. Murphy Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, and the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital (UMCH) in Baltimore tied for No. 13 in the region. Each is nationally ranked in one pediatric specialty: Inova at No. 40 for neonatology and UMCH at No. 41 for cardiology and heart surgery.
“Receiving the designation for one of the top children’s heart programs by the U.S. News and World Report for 2021-2022 is so meaningful this year,” says Dr. Steven Czinn, director of UMCH and chair of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Department of Pediatrics. He adds that providing medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic was uncharted territory for health care professionals. UMCH leveraged its partnership with UMSOM, which provided access to up-to-date COVID research, guidelines and safety protocols.
“I know it would not have been possible without the teamwork and selflessness demonstrated by our world-renowned physicians and staff,” says Czinn.
Johns Hopkins and UMCH were also awarded the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively, for best children’s hospitals in Maryland. Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai (LifeBridge Health, Baltimore), Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore) and Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital (Baltimore) were also named among the top pediatric hospitals in the state.
To create its rankings, U.S. News studied data from close to 200 pediatric medical centers across the nation in areas such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. The research team also asked more than 15,000 pediatric specialists where they would send their sickest patients. This year, only 89 children’s hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 pediatric specialties evaluated by U.S. News.