Akron Children’s Hospital once again ranked in the top 50 nationally in several of its pediatric specialties, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospitals.

The rankings, released Tuesday, listed Children’s as 41st in pediatric urology, 44th in pediatric orthopedics, 44th in pediatric neurology/neurosurgery and 44th in neonatology.

The new rankings highlight the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

Children’s Chief Strategy Officer Shawn Lyden said the hospital is always pleased to receive external recognition of the quality of its programs.

“Whether or not we are ranked does not impact the tremendous effort we invest in maximizing quality and outcomes across a wide spectrum of areas, and that is a priority that comes from the very top with our board of directors,” Lyden said. “Our day-to-day work is focused on delivering the highest quality care for our patients so honors like this are nice reminders that we are on the right path.”

Last year, the hospital ranked in two of its specialties, although it did have higher rankings in those areas — 30th in pediatric urology (41st this year) and 35th in neonatology (44th this year).

Dr. Daniel McMahon, medical director of urology at Children’s Hospital, said: “Pediatric urology has consistently been ranked by US News & World Report. We are confident that we provide state-of-the-art care to our patients. We are committed to constant and continued improvement in the care we offer our patients.”

Dr. Kerwyn Jones, chair of the Department of Pediatric Orthopedics, said he believes his department’s ranking reflects increased exposure and a growing reputation among their peers nationwide, along with a strong culture of quality and safety.

“The increased involvement of our providers at national venues includes research presentations and publications, active participation in national quality initiatives and leadership involvement with national orthopedic projects aimed at improving pediatric orthopedic health care,” Jones said.

Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Hospital earned recognition in all 10 specialties: cancer (23), cardiology & heart surgery (26), diabetes & endocrinology (39), gastroenterology and GI surgery (23), neonatology (50), nephrology (49), neurology & neurosurgery (24), orthopedics (50), pulmonology (32) and urology (42).

University Hospital’s Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital ranked in eight specialties: cancer (22), diabetes & endocrinology (21), gastroenterology and GI surgery (44), neonatology (6), nephrology (43), orthopedics (22), pulmonology (20) and urology (24).

Statewide, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center ranked second in the nation among all hospitals. It had been third for seven years. It also ranked among the top five in nine of the specialties: cancer (1), gastroenterology and GI Surgery (1), nephrology (2), neurology and neurosurgery (2), urology (2), diabetes and endocrinology (3), pulmonology (3), orthopedics (4), neonatology (5), cardiology and heart surgery (8)

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