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6/15/21 news article

U.S. News & World Report names Dayton Children’s Hospital among best in orthopedics and pulmonology


Dayton Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2021-22 by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 15th year, are designed to assist patients, their families and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions.

Dayton Children’s was ranked in orthopedics and pulmonology.

“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.” 



“We are honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News and World Report for the world-class care we provide to our orthopedics patients,” said Michael Albert, MD, chief, division of orthopedics at Dayton Children’s. “Our orthopedics division is consistently looking for new and innovative ways to care for our patients, including a less invasive option for scoliosis surgery using ApiFix and the launch of the center for the female athlete to care for the unique physical, emotional and nutritional needs of our female athletes.”

This is the second year in the rankings for Dayton Children’s orthopedics division, which continues to raise the bar for pioneering the best care for kids. It is one of only a handful of hospitals across the country using ApiFix, a new device for fusionless spine surgery. The division offers several other innovative techniques such as magnetic limb lengthening, BandLoc spinal surgery, gait and motion analysis and is the only pediatric hospital in the country to integrate Scolio-Pilates®. It’s also part of a Level I Trauma Center, and a member of the Setting Scoliosis Straight collaborative to improve spinal surgery outcomes.



It’s the fourth year that Dayton Children’s pulmonology division ranked in the magazine’s annual survey. This care team went above and beyond during the pandemic, setting up a COVID-19 respiratory care clinic to evaluate children suspected of having the virus, especially those without a primary care physician. In collaboration with the Ohio Department of Health and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, the pulmonary team also mobilized a comprehensive plan at Dayton Children’s to care for adult patients in the event there was a surge of cases in the community. With the spike of vaping in teens, Dayton Children’s is the only provider of teen nicotine cessation programming in the area through the STAND program, offering one-on-one help as well as group education at high schools. The division is also a Cystic Fibrosis Center, one of 120 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers providing expert care and specialized disease management across the country.

“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.” 

For 2021-22, U. S. News ranked , the top 50 centers in each of these 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery and urology. Debuting this year, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings featured expanded offerings that include state rankings and multi-state regional rankings.

“When choosing a hospital for a sick child, many parents want specialized expertise, convenience and caring medical professionals,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News.  “The Best Children's Hospitals rankings have always highlighted hospitals that excel in specialized care. As the pandemic continues to affect travel, finding high-quality care close to home has never been more important.”

The Best Children's Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. To calculate the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News gathered relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2020 and from pediatric physicians and other healthcare organizations in 2021; because of the pandemic, data collection from children’s hospitals was not repeated in 2021.

RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 118 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups.

This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2022” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469975), available in stores October 5.

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

about U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower citizens, consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A multifaceted digital media company with Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars, News and 360 Reviews platforms, U.S. News provides rankings, independent reporting, data journalism, consumer advice and U.S. News Live events. 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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