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6/14/22 news article

U.S. News & World Report names Dayton Children’s Hospital among best in pediatric orthopedic care


Dayton Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2022-23 by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics. It’s the third year that Dayton Children’s orthopedics division has ranked in the magazine’s annual survey of children’s hospitals.

The 16th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ratings are designed to assist families and their health care providers in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions.

“At Dayton Children’s, we prioritize innovation and individually designed care,” said Michael Albert, MD, chief, division of orthopedics at Dayton Children’s. “We work continuously to offer cutting edge, minimally invasive options that get kids back to school or their sport quickly, while preserving their long-term growth and health.”

The orthopedics division at Dayton Children’s is part of the hospital’s Level I Trauma Center and a member of the Setting Scoliosis Straight collaborative to improve spinal surgery outcomes.  The division offers a variety of the latest techniques including magnetic limb lengthening, ApiFix and BandLoc minimally invasive spinal surgeries, and gait and motion analysis. Dayton Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the country to offer a Scolio-Pilates program.

“Our orthopedics division sees thousands of kids each year and the team continues to develop and incorporate innovative ways to care for simple fractures to the most complicated congenital anomalies and conditions,” said Deborah Feldman, president and CEO of Dayton Children’s Hospital. “For the third year, U.S. News and World Report has recognized the world-class orthopedic care available right here in Dayton. While the ranking is just one measure that families may use when choosing a children’s hospital, we hope it gives parents confidence to trust Dayton Children’s with their child’s care.”

For 2022-23, U. S. News ranked  the top 50 centers in each of these 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery and urology. For the second year, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings featured expanded offerings that include state rankings and multi-state regional rankings.

“Choosing the right hospital for a sick child is a critical decision for many parents,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News.  “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings spotlight hospitals that excel in specialized care.”

The Best Children's Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as health equity and 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 2022 and from pediatric physicians and other healthcare organizations as well as available clinical resources, compliance with best practices, and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among patients and staff in 2022.

RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 119 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups.  For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.


U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower consumers, business leaders and policy officials to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives and communities. 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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Michael C. Albert, MD

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