Children’s programs ranked by U.S. News & World Report

Eight Children’s of Alabama pediatric specialty services are ranked in the nation’s top 50.

For the 14th consecutive year, Children’s of Alabama is ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The publication, in its 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospitals Survey, ranks Children’s of Alabama in the top 50 nationally in eight pediatric specialty services. These include:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology 

“Being nationally ranked among the leaders in pediatric healthcare is a strong testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of our entire staff and our physician partners at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine,” Children’s president and CEO Tom Shufflebarger said. “Our goal is to continue to provide exceptional care, service and comfort to the patients who are entrusted to us for medical care.”

This is the 14th consecutive year Children’s has participated in the U.S. News & World Report rankings program. Children’s and the 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 Heersink 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 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospitals are online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

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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