U.S. News & World Report has ranked University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in four specialties in the new 2018-19 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today. 

UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital—Iowa’s only nationally ranked children’s hospital—ranked 36th in pediatric cancer; 49th in neonatology; 28th in pediatric nephrology; and 46th in pediatric orthopedics. 

The 12th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. 

“We are pleased to see our tradition of providing excellent care to our patients and their families continue to be recognized. These rankings symbolize our expertise in pediatric care and our commitment to those we serve,” says Raphael Hirsch, MD, physician-in-chief of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital and chair, UI Stead Family Department of Pediatrics. 

“We are proud of the specialized expertise of our pediatric care teams and their dedication to the children of Iowa and beyond,” says Amy O’Deen, interim executive director, UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. “Being recognized, once again, as one of our nation’s best children’s hospitals highlights the quality of our services across a comprehensive array of specialties and commitment to the well-being of children and their families.”

“The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that deliver state-of-the-art medical care to children with complex conditions,” says Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the level of quality care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook, available in stores in September.