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Jun 2019

St. Louis Children’s Hospital Ranks No. 1 in Missouri and Top Nine Percent in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report has again ranked St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University School of Medicine among America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. The publication ranked St. Louis Children’s first in the state of Missouri, and among the top nine percent, or eighteenth, in the nation.

The report evaluates ten individual pediatric specialties. St. Louis Children’s was among only 24 out of 191 hospitals to rank in every specialty, and is the only pediatric hospital within nearly 250 miles to rank in all 10 specialties.

The 10 pediatric specialties are cancer, cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology, pulmonology, neurology & neurosurgery and neonatology. Children’s programs were within the top 25 in each of the 10 specialties and in three specialties, the hospital was among the nation’s top ten: pulmonology (No. 5), neurology & neurosurgery (No. 6) and neonatology (No. 10).

“Rankings are just one piece of the puzzle. At the heart of everything we do are the children who inspire us every day,” says Joan Magruder, BJC HealthCare Group President. “It’s our mission – to do what’s right for kids – that attracts the most talented caregivers, researchers and clinicians to join us as Guardians of Childhood. To rank so highly on a national level is indeed validating as a member of the Children’s team; more importantly, it puts the city of St. Louis in the national spotlight, where we belong!”

Barnes-Jewish Hospital and its physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine are listed among the nation’s elite medical centers in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of “America’s Best Hospitals”. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is ranked No. 1 in both Missouri and the metro St. Louis area. It ranked nationally in 10 adult specialties. In addition, Barnes-Jewish is rated as High Performing, the highest available rating, in nine out of nine Common Care Procedures and Conditions.

U.S. News ranks adult hospitals nationally and regionally based on their performance in both specific specialties (e.g. cardiology), and in certain common procedures and conditions (e.g. joint replacements).

The 1,158-bed primary adult teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. Barnes-Jewish Hospital has an 1,800-member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health care professionals

The full rankings and methodology are available at The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2019 guidebook.

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