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6/16/20 news article

Dayton Children’s named one of U.S. News & World Report 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals in two specialties

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has ranked Dayton Children's Hospital in two specialties in the new 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today.  

The 14th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties. 

“We are honored to earn a top spot in U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals this year,” says Michael Albert, MD, chief, division of orthopedics at Dayton Children’s. “We continuously strive to be on the cutting edge of the latest innovations in orthopedics for children, including options you will find nowhere else in the country. This allows us to strengthen children today, as well as protect their future growth and development.” 

This is the first year in the rankings for Dayton Children’s Orthopedics Division. It’s part of a Level I Trauma Center, and a member of the Setting Scoliosis Straight collaborative to improve spinal surgery outcomes.  The division offers innovative techniques such as magnetic limb lengthening, BandLoc spinal surgery, gait and motion analysis, scolio-pilates® and are currently involved in a national study involving a new device for fusionless spine surgery.

It’s the third year that Dayton Children’s pulmonology division ranked in the magazine’s annual survey of children’s hospitals. It is a Cystic Fibrosis Center, one of 120 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers providing expert care and specialized disease management across the country. The network combines clinical research with medical care best practices, and has been cited by the National Institutes of Health as a model of effective and efficient health care delivery for a chronic disease. Dayton Children’s also formed the Dayton Asthma Alliance, a group of more than 20 community agencies working in partnership in a global strategy to address asthma triggers in a child’s entire environment - where they live, learn and play. 

“We are proud to once again be recognized by U.S. News and World Report Best Children’s Hospital for the expert specialty pediatric care in pulmonology we provide,” says Daniel Evans, MD, chief, division of pulmonology at Dayton Children’s. “Our team works hard to go above and beyond for each child, ensuring they and their families have the very best care in a personalized plan that works for their unique needs.” 

“Even in the midst of a pandemic, children have healthcare needs ranging from routine vaccinations to life-saving surgery and chemotherapy,” said Ben Harder, Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News. “The Best Children's Hospitals rankings are designed to help parents find quality medical care for a sick child and inform families’ conversations with pediatricians.”  

“Pulmonology and orthopedics are two of our largest divisions – seeing thousands of children every year,” says Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital. “While we know it is just one measure that a family should use in choosing the right care for their child, it’s another symbol parents can use to show them that Dayton Children’s provides expert care.” 

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals. 

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. 

For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the full rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.  

About U.S. News & World Report  

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and News, provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

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