The Honor Roll of U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals 2021-22

A tour of the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll

Which hospitals are best prepared to care for the sickest kids? The 2021-22 U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings identify 89 hospitals with demonstrated expertise in one or more of 10 pediatric specialties. Ten hospitals earned a place on the Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll.

10. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Location: Palo Alto, California

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #2 in California and #2 in the Pacific Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Neonatology (#3), Pediatric Nephrology (#4), Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#6)

Previous year’s rank: 10

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

9. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #2 in Pennsylvania and #3 in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#2), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (#7), Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#9)

Previous year’s rank: 9

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

8. Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Location: Columbus, Ohio

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #2 in Ohio and #2 in the Midwest Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery (#6), Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#7), Pediatric Cancer (#8)

Previous year’s rank: 8

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7. Children’s National Hospital

Location: Washington, D.C.

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in the District of Columbia and #2 in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Neonatology (#1), Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery (#3), Pediatric Cancer (#5)

Previous year’s rank: 7

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

6. Children’s Hospital Colorado

Location: Aurora, Colorado

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in Colorado and #1 in the Rocky Mountain Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#1), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (#4), Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#5)

Previous year’s rank: 6

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5. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Location: Los Angeles, California

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in California and #1 in the Pacific Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Neonatology (#2), Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#3), Pediatric Orthopedics (#4)

Previous year’s rank: 5

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

4. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in Ohio and #1 in the Midwest Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Urology (#2), Pediatric Cancer (#3), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (#3)

Previous year’s rank: 3

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

3. Texas Children’s Hospital

Location: Houston, Texas

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in Texas and #1 in the Southwest Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#1), Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery (#2), Pediatric Nephrology (#3), Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#3)

Previous year’s rank: 4

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in Pennsylvania and #1 in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Cancer (#1), Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology (#1), Pediatric Orthopedics (#1)

Previous year’s rank: 2

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

1. Boston Children’s Hospital

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Best Children’s Regional Hospital: Ranked #1 in Massachusetts and #1 in New England

Number of 2021-22 Honor Roll specialties: 10

Highest-ranking specialties: Pediatric Nephrology (#1), Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery (#1), Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery (#1), Pediatric Urology (#1)

Previous year’s rank: 1

See all of this hospital’s rankings.

New in 2021-22: Best Children’s Regional Hospitals

We spoke with parents and advocates of children requiring complex care. While the Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll represents the top-rated care across specialties, it’s not always possible to provide long-term care a distance from home when there are other family members and job responsibilities to consider.

For 2021, U.S. News is debuting a Best Children’s Regional ranking that recognizes the top-performing children’s hospitals in most states and in seven multi-state regions.

Find the best care near you at our Best Children’s Regional rankings page.

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The Honor Roll of U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals 2021-22 originally appeared on usnews.com

Update 06/15/21: This story was previously published at an earlier date and has been updated with new rankings information.

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