3 Minnesota children's hospitals included in U.S. News & World Report's 'Best of' list

No Minnesota hospitals cracked the top 10 in the U.S., but they did rank nationally in pediatric specialties.

Three children's hospitals in Minnesota have ranked among the best for kids, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking

While no Minnesota children's hospital cracked the top 10 for best children's hospitals in the U.S. overall, one Minnesota hospital ranked among the best in the Midwest and two others ranked nationally in specific pediatric specialties

Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester tied for the ninth-best children's hospital in the Midwest (regional and state rankings were new to this year's best children's hospitals list). The No. 1 hospital in the Midwest is Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

It also ranked nationally in eight pediatric specialties: orthopedics (No. 12); urology (No. 21); cancer (No. 35); diabetes and endocrinology (No. 38); neonatology (No. 38); neurology and neurosurgery (No. 39); cardiology and heart surgery (No. 43); and gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 45).

The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis received national rankings in three specialties: nephrology (tied for No. 26); diabetes and endocrinology (No. 34); and gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 49). The hospital ranked No. 18 in the Midwest and No. 2 in Minnesota, behind Mayo Clinic Children's Center.

“This honor reflects our role as Minnesota’s only academic children’s hospital. We’re able to provide truly innovative care through our partnership with the University of Minnesota,” Pediatric Gastroenterologist Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg said in a statement. “Through that partnership, our legacy of discovery and family-centered pediatric care stretches back 100 years.”

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, located in the Twin Cities, is ranked in two specialties – pulmonology and lung surgery (No. 42) and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 50).

This is the eighth time U.S. News & World Report has recognized Children's Minnesota's pulmonology program.

“As we cautiously begin to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, families across the region deserve high-quality specialized care that is close to home,” Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota, said in a statement. “As we work to design the next generation of pediatric care, we are extremely proud of our teams for continuing to put kids first, providing excellent, compassionate and equitable care for kids and families during this unprecedented time.”

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Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota ranked No. 19 in the Midwest and No. 3 in Minnesota.

U.S. News & World Report began its best children's hospital rankings back in 2007 as a way to help families find the best medical care for their kids who have rare or life-threatening illnesses. The rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric hospitals in the U.S. in 10 specialties. 

And coming in at No. 1 overall was Boston Children's Hospital for the eighth year in a row. Here's the top 10 honor roll

  1. Boston Children's Hospital
  2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston
  4. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
  5. Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  6. Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora
  7. Children's National Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  8. Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  9. UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  10. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, California.

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