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Two of the Southwest’s Top Five Pediatric Hospitals Are in North Texas

Children's Medical Center Dallas is one of 22 hospitals in the country to be ranked in ten specialties.
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Children’s Medical Center Dallas and Cook Children’s Medical Center are the respective No. 2 and 4 pediatric hospitals in the southwest, according to U.S. News and World Report’s latest ranking of children’s hospitals.

2023 is the sixth consecutive year that Children’s Medical Center has been ranked in all ten specialties, a feat achieved by only 22 hospitals nationwide. It is ranked as the 16th-best pediatric hospital in the country. Cook Children’s was ranked in five specialties in the report, and its hematology and oncology program moved up twenty spots from No. 50 last year. Scottish Rite for Children was also ranked in one specialty. Of the 284 pediatric hospitals in the country, only 90 were ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News and World Report’s ranking are based on the hospital’s clinical outcomes (survival during complex surgery, reducing errors, preventing infections), efficient coordination of care (hygiene best practices, equity, inclusion among patients and staff), and providing care related resources (ample nursing staff and appropriate outpatient programs).

“Once again, being recognized as a national leader in pediatric health care by U.S. News & World Report is a tribute to our Children’s Health team members and academic physician partners at UT Southwestern Medical Center, all who share an unwavering commitment to make life better for children,” said Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer at Children’s Health.

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is in the process of building a new multi-billion dollar campus near Clements University Hospital in Dallas’ medical district and recently opened a specialty center in Prosper in addition to its expanding Plano campus. The Dallas campus’ national rankings are:

  • Cancer: No. 15
  •  Cardiology and Heart Surgery: No. 35
  •  Diabetes and Endocrinology: No. 14
  •  Gastroenterology and GI Surgery: No. 15
  •  Neonatology: No. 36
  •  Nephrology: No. 16
  •  Neurology and Neurosurgery: No. 15
  •  Orthopedics: No. 4
  •  Pulmonology and Lung Surgery: No. 22
  •  Urology: No. 15

“For more than 105 years, Cook Children’s has been committed to improving the well-being of every

child in our care. We are honored to see our mission validated yet again by U.S. News and World Report,” said Rick W. Merrill, president and CEO of Cook Children’s Health Care System. Cook Children’s is also growing and recently opened a campus in Prosper. The hospital’s national rankings are:

  • Cancer: No. 30
  •  Diabetes and Endocrinology: No. 31
  •  Neurology and Neurosurgery: No. 36
  •  Orthopedics: No. 40
  •  Pulmonology and Lung Surgery: No. 48

Scottish Rite for Children, which has an additional Frisco campus, was ranked No. 4 nationwide for pediatric orthopedics.

You can explore all the rankings here.


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