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U.S. News & World Report released its 11th annual Best Children's Hospitals rankings on Tuesday, showcasing the top 50 centers for pediatric medical care. Along with claiming the overall honor, the hospital also ranked within the top three spots of all 10 specialty categories.

"It is our mission to provide the best experience and outcomes possible to every family that walks through our doors", said Fenwick.

"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. "That is accomplished by our dedicated staff going above and beyond every single day".

In a note to Johns Hopkins employees sent earlier today, Paul B. Rothman, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; and Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine, congratulated and thanked the children's center staff, faculty, and leadership.

It was among the best in the country in diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery, and cardiology and heart surgery, the report found.

In addition to achieving the #1 rank in Neonatology, Children's National ranked in the Top 10 in four additional services: Cancer (#7), Neurology and Neurosurgery (#9) Orthopedics (#9) and Nephrology (#10). The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Cincinnati Children's was ranked among the top five in seven of the 10 specialties, including a No. 3 ranking in Nephrology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Neurology/Neurosurgery and Urology; and a No. 4 ranking in Orthopedics and Pulmonology. The hospital creates more cancer clinical trials than any other children's hospital in the US, and unlike most hospitals, no family receives a bill from St. Jude for anything, including treatment, travel, housing and food. "As we work to set the standard for pediatric cancer care, recognition such as this reaffirms that our focus and efforts are in the right place".

The publication also listed the best hospitals for adults, as well as the best hospitals by specialty.

Hackensack's children's hospital had been in the Top 50 list for several years, but had been edged out by other hospitals for the past two years. "We can't wait to see how the new MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children's Hospital will take the state's comprehensive care of children and their families to new and unprecedented heights for our state".