U.S. News Again Ranks UVA Health Children’s No. 1 Children’s Hospital in Virginia

June 21, 2023 By Eric Swensen, ews3j@virginia.edu Eric Swensen, ews3j@virginia.edu

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has named UVA Health Children’s, part of UVA Health, the No. 1 children’s hospital in Virginia.

The publication’s 2023-24 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide rank nine of UVA Health Children’s 10 specialties among the top 50 of all children’s hospitals nationally. The nine ranked specialties are:

  • Neonatology (critical care for infants): No. 23.
  • Pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery (digestive health): No. 29.
  • Pediatric nephrology (kidney care): No. 32.
  • Pediatric diabetes and endocrinology: No. 34.
  • Pediatric orthopedics: No. 34.
  • Pediatric cardiology and heart surgery: No. 36.
  • Pediatric pulmonology: No. 38.
  • Pediatric neurology and neurosurgery: No. 40.
  • Pediatric urology: No. 43.

“These awards from U.S. News highlight the high-quality, specialized care that our team at UVA Health Children’s provides to patients from across Virginia and beyond,” said Dr. K. Craig Kent, UVA Health’s chief executive officer and UVA’s executive vice president for health affairs. “As part of our 10-year strategic plan, our goal is to make it even easier for families to access our excellent, complex pediatric care through our expanding clinical collaborations throughout the state.”

The U.S. News “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide honors hospitals providing the highest-quality care for children with the most serious or complex health care needs. The rankings are based on factors including patient outcomes, the availability of specialized clinics and programs, patient safety and a national survey of pediatric specialists.

“I am so proud to be a part of the team at UVA Health Children’s that provides incredible care across a wide range of specialties,” said Dr. James Nataro, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UVA. “The care our team provides every day is both truly innovative and inspiring, and this recognition is well-deserved.”

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UVA Health Children’s is continuing to explore ways to expand services to children and families, including a partnership with Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital to open the UVA Health Children's Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Care clinic in Albemarle County in mid-2024.

“This clinic will help meet a vital need for the community by expanding access to pediatric neurodevelopmental and behavioral health care for our youngest patients,” Wendy Horton, University Medical Center’s chief executive officer, said. “It is yet another example of the commitment of our UVA Health Children’s team to serving our community and our families.”

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