Children’s hospital ranks among best in US


Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is a pillar of downtown Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. Photo via

A local children’s hospital has earned national recognition for multiple pediatric specialties.

U.S. News & World Report named the best pediatric hospitals in 10 specialties this week, and Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids is being recognized on three of those rankings.

The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings highlight U.S. News’ top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in various categories: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and GI surgery; neonatology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is recognized in the following pediatric categories: cancer, nephrology and urology.

To create the rankings, U.S. News & World Report gathers key clinical data from about 180 pediatric centers through a detailed survey.

In addition, part of each hospital's score is derived from surveys of more than 10,000 pediatric specialists who are asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialties.

In 2016, 78 children's hospitals are ranked in at least one of the pediatric specialties evaluated.

Eleven hospitals garnered high scores in three or more specialties and were named to the Honor Roll.

“It’s an honor to have Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital named one of the best hospitals in the U.S.,” said Dr. Bob Connors, president, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is ranked in eight pediatric specialties.

U.S. News introduced the “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare and life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available.

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