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Children’s of Alabama named top children’s hospital in the Southeast by U.S. News and World Report

Children’s of Alabama is ranked in 10 specialties in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Children’s of Alabama is part of a three-way tie as the top children’s hospital in the Southeast, according to U.S. News & World Report. The publication released its 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals Survey results in June. It’s the second year it has ranked hospitals by state and region. Children’s remains the No. 1 children’s hospital in Alabama; it was No. 3 in the Southeast in last year’s rankings.

U.S. News and World Report also ranks pediatric specialty services, and Children’s is ranked in the top 50 nationally in all 10 services. These include:

“We are proud of our people and programs being recognized on the national and regional levels, as we strive to provide the finest possible care to the children and families we serve,” Children’s CEO and President Tom Shufflebarger said. “This process is one of the important benchmarking activities we use at Children’s of Alabama to help us improve. I want to congratulate our employees, medical staff and many partners whose efforts made this possible in this challenging environment.”

This is the 13th consecutive year that Children’s has participated in the U.S. News and World Report rankings program and 13th consecutive year to be included in the rankings among the best children’s hospitals in the nation. Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery collaborated to submit the requested information. Children’s is the primary site for pediatric clinical and educational programs for the UAB School of Medicine. Children’s has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout Central Alabama. The complete listing and corresponding rankings for the magazine’s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals is online at

U.S. News & World Report introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. Children’s and UAB began participating during the 2010-11 ranking cycle. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level. To create the pediatric rankings, U.S. News & World Report gathers key clinical data from nearly 200 medical centers through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. In addition, part of each hospital’s score is derived from surveys of more than 15,000 pediatric specialists who are asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty. 

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