Hospitals were ranked by Parents editors with input from a team of medical advisers based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; their experience in performing certain complex procedures; the depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of families of outpatients and inpatients.
The remaining Top 10 pediatric hospitals included:
-- Boston Children's Hospital.
-- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
-- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
-- Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colo.
-- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UP MC.
-- Texas Children's Hospital, Houston.
-- University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor.
-- Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus.
-- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.
"Making an informed decision about your child's health care can be overwhelming, especially in the face of a serious illness," Dana Points, editor in chief of Parents, said in a statement. "We created this guide with the hope of making it easier to find a great hospital when you need one most."