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U.S. News names Riley Hospital one of nation’s best


“We’ve long known that we have the most dedicated and skilled physicians and nurses on our team. Rankings like this are confirmation from our colleagues in children’s health care around the country of the extraordinary care that our team provides for our children and their families,” said Jeff Sperring, M.D.,  president and chief executive officer at Riley at IU Health and a volunteer clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. “It’s a privilege to be entrusted with the care of so many children who need us, and we never take that for granted.”

Riley Hospital, which is staffed by IU School of Medicine faculty, ranks in 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals as follows:

  • Urology – 3rd
  • Pulmonology – 10th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – 14th
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – 18th
  • Nephrology – 19th
  • Orthopedics – 20th
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – 21st
  • Gastroenterology – 22nd
  • Cancer – 28th
  • Neonatology – 32nd

The rankings are the most extensive listing of their kind and feature 50 children’s hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. The remaining 25 percent came from a separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists— 150 in each specialty— were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

The rankings are available online and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, available on newsstands Aug. 28.