New report: Penn State Hershey's Children's Hospital ranked among best

May 30, 2008

Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital is listed in U.S. News & World Report's 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at and in the magazine's June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2.

"We are so proud of our faculty and staff," said Harold Paz, chief executive officer of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and dean, Penn State College of Medicine. "Our ranking was achieved due in large part to our care-related measures and outcomes. We were judged on the excellent work of our care providers and support staff. Our ranking is particularly noteworthy when you consider that most of the other ranked hospitals are free-standing facilities designed specifically for the care of children."

In a further extension of the 2007 pediatric rankings that listed the top 30 pediatric centers overall, the 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders and general pediatrics.

The specialty rankings of this year's America's Best Children's Hospitals were based on a new methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at

Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from members of  the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) in either of two categories -- a free-standing children's hospital or a children's "hospital within a hospital" (a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center). In addition, several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. Of the 143 children's hospitals invited to complete a survey asking for information as detailed as whether a center offers postgraduate fellowships in pediatric cardiology, 113 responded. The survey was constructed by RTI International, which collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings.

"Despite our space constraints, we continue to stretch as much as we possibly can," said A. Craig Hillemeier, medical director, Children's Hospital. "Our services and programs continue to grow for the benefit of our patients and their families. This new recognition further supports the need for our future facility to benefit our community and beyond."

Recently, the campaign to build the new free-standing Children’s Hospital reached its public phase with a milestone of $50 million raised so far. For information on contributing to the future Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, visit and click on "giving" or call (717) 531-8497.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009