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Texas Children's Hospital jumps up in list of 'America's Best'

HOUSTON Texas Children's Hospital, the nation's largest pediatric hospital, rose to the No. 4 spot in the ranking of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the nation, according to the U.S.News & World Report "America's Best Hospitals" list released today. The hospital also was ranked the best pediatric hospital in the South and Southwest by the magazine.

In addition, Texas Children's reputational score rose to 18 percent, up from last year's score of 13.9 percent. A hospital's reputational score shows the percentage of pediatricians responding to the survey who named the hospital one of the top five in their specialty.

This is the fifth consecutive year Texas Children's has ranked among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report survey, which uses doctors' opinions to judge hospital reputations.

"The annual appearance of Texas Children's in the rankings is a testimony to our mission of providing the state-of-the-art pediatric patient care, education and research," said Mark A. Wallace, president and chief executive officer of Texas Children's Hospital. "It's a major accomplishment to be cited by pediatricians nationwide as one of America's best, and our employees and medical staff are very pleased and proud," he said. "It's gratifying to see that the Texas Children's commitment to excellence in every area is being recognized nationally."

Texas Children's, the primary pediatric teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine, is renowned for its expertise and breakthrough developments in the treatment of cancer, premature infants, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, infectious diseases, pediatric neurologic diseases, diabetes, asthma, HIV/AIDS and attention-related disorders.

"The high ranking of Texas Children's is a reflection of the outstanding work of our physicians and staff, our clinics and our ongoing commitment to pediatric research," said Dr. Ralph D. Feigin, physician-in-chief of Texas Children's and
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Contact: Jennifer Hart
jxhart@texaschildrenshospital.org
832-824-2111
Texas Children's Hospital
2-Jul-2004


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