Boston Children’s Hospital ranked best in nation for 7th year in a row

The Boston institution claimed the top spot in the 2020-2021 U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best Children’s Hospitals.

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital is once again being recognized as the best health care center for kids in the country.

The Boston institution claimed the top spot in the 2020-2021 rankings of the Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, the seventh year in a row it has been named No. 1 on the publication’s Honor Roll. Patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as the institution’s available clinical resources and compliance with best practices were examined by the publication in compiling the rankings.

Nine other hospitals earned a place on the Honor Roll, a list reserved for pediatric centers that “deliver exceptionally high-quality care across multiple specialties,” according to U.S. News & World Report. In addition to being ranked No. 1 on the Honor Roll, Boston Children’s claimed the top spot in four of the 10 specialties evaluated by the publication; nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology. It was ranked No. 2 for cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, and orthopedics. For cardiology and heart surgery, it was ranked fourth, and for neonatology, it was ranked sixth.


Below, how Boston Children’s stacked up against the other nine institutions on the 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll.

  1. Boston Children’s Hospital
  2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  4. Texas Children’s Hospital
  5. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  6. Children’s Hospital Colorado
  7. Children’s National Hospital
  8. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
  9. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  10. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford


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