In July, America's Best Hospitals turned 18. From the very first, U.S. News has ranked hospitals in pediatrics, identifying medical centers that excel at helping the sickest young patients. We've heard reassuringly few complaints through the years that one or another of the ranked hospitals might not merit such distinction.
Still, improving the usefulness and relevance of the rankings in this important specialty has been a long-standing goal. Mortality data and other information factored into various adult specialty rankings cannot be obtained for children's hospitals. In pediatrics, therefore, the rankings have always relied solely on a facility's reputation among an annual sampling of board-certified physicians in various pediatric specialties. We've long wanted to move beyond reputation.
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