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Phoenix Children’s Hospital earns place on best US medical centers list

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PHOENIX — Phoenix Children’s Hospital has earned an eighth straight spot on a list of top children’s medical centers in the country.

The hospital scored in all 10 specialties of U.S. News and World Report‘s rankings. The list of the top 50 medical centers was released Tuesday.

The facility finished ninth in cardiology and heart surgery, its highest rating. Other ratings were No. 20 in cancer and blood disorders, No. 23 in nephrology, No. 24 in orthopedics, No. 26 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, No. 28 in neurology and neurosurgery; No. 28 in urology, No. 34 in neonatology, No. 35 in diabetes and endocrinology and No. 39 in pulmonology.

Less than half of the centers in the top 50 distinguished themselves in all the specialties.

“A lot of what we’ve been building and accomplishing for the last decade … you see it come to fruition,” Bob Meyer, president and CEO of the hospital told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Hospital rankings depended on how well they did in three facets: clinical outcomes, best care practices and sufficient care-related resources. Those areas made up a third of the final score.

“We’re new,” Meyer said of the hospital, which opened in 1983 as part of Good Samaritan Hospital but became its own site in 2002.

“That’s really been a big climb for us,” he said.

The rankings were complied from a questionnaire sent to 189 children’s hospitals.

U.S. News wrote:

Results from the survey of pediatric specialists contributed up to 15 percent of a hospital’s score, depending on specialty. Doctors were asked to name up to 10 hospitals they consider best in their specialty for children with serious or difficult medical problems. More than 3,000 physicians responded this year. Their responses were combined with those from similar surveys conducted in 2016 and 2017.

Other than an honor roll of the 10 best, which Phoenix didn’t make, there were no overall rankings.

Boston’s Children Hospital topped the honor roll.

KTAR 92.3 FM News’ Kathy Cline contributed to this report.

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