Awards and Recognition

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Ranked #5 Children's Hospital in the United States and #1 for Babies

Our pediatric specialists are internationally-recognized for providing the best possible care to our patients and families. In fact, Children’s National is ranked as one of the nation’s top five children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and we are ranked number one in neonatology. Additionally, our cancer program is ranked seventh in the nation, neurology and neurosurgery are ranked fifth, orthopaedics ranks eighth and nephrology ranks sixth. These rankings are a testament to the pediatric care experts across our organization and their commitment to children and families.

One of the 100 Great Hospitals in America

Children’s National was named to the 2017 Becker’s Hospital Review list of 100 Great Hospitals in America for the second consecutive year.

Excellence in Nursing

We're among an elite group to be recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet®-designated hospital – its highest recognition. Just 7 percent of hospitals in the United States receive this designation, and such hospitals have lower patient mortality, fewer medical complications, improved patient and employee safety and higher patient and staff satisfaction. At Children’s National, nurses partner in the decision-making, implementation and evaluation of the art and science of patient care. Our nurses continually evaluate care challenges and improvements that result in enhanced outcomes for the patient, the family and the organization. Children’s National President and CEO Kurt Newman says, “Our nurses’ hard work and dedication to their profession and to children is shown in the extraordinary care they provide every day.”

Recognized for Quality & Safety

Children’s National has been designated as a Leapfrog Group 2017 Top Hospital – one of only 10 children’s hospitals in the United States and the only one in the mid-Atlantic region. The Top Hospital distinction is conveyed on hospitals that have lower infection rates, decreased lengths of stay and fewer readmissions. Leapfrog measures hospitals’ performance across many areas of hospital care, including critical measures like preventing medication errors and maintaining appropriate staffing levels to ensure the delivery of quality medical care. Learn more about our quality standards

Leaders in NIH Research Funding

Children’s National ranks seventh among pediatric institutions for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. In 2015, we received almost $40 million in research money from NIH, providing critical support for a wide variety of research efforts. With a total of $74 million in grant support last year, we continue to advance care for children. NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency.

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