U.S. News & World Report 2019 - 2020 Best Children's Hospitals

Primary Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the nation's best children's hospitals in 8 of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings Report.

Primary Children's is ranked in the following specialties: 

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery 
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery 
  • Neonatal 
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Urology 

The rankings represent a sustained trend for Primary Children’s ranking in the top 50 best children's hospitals in the nation and demonstrates our experts' dedication to outstanding and compassionate care for children, and our unwavering commitment to the philosophy, "The Child First and Always."

For families of sick children, these rankings provides unparalleled quality-related information, including: survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.

The rankings are based on clinical data obtained from nearly 200 pediatric centers and the opinions of nearly 11,000 surveyed pediatric specialists and subspecialists. The Best Children’s Hospitals methodology considers clinical outcomes, efficiency and coordination of care delivery, infection control, compliance with “best practices” and resources such as number of nurses and availability of programs for particular illnesses and conditions.

Parents Magazine

Primary Children’s Hospital is proud to be ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the western United States, and 15th overall in the country by Parents magazine. This hospital ranking is part of Parents’ 2013 report of the best children’s hospitals.

The Heart Center at Primary Children’s was also ranked 8th in the country on Parents magazine’s 2013 list of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals for Heart Care.

Parents magazine crunched the numbers with guidance from medical advisors, emphasizing treatment-success rates, research studies, and doctors' experience. Where there was a close call, they looked at how hospitals provide extra TLC for families.

They worked with the Children’s Hospital Association to conduct the survey last fall. The survey was extensive and considered more than one-thousand pieces of information. More than 60 children's hospitals from across the country participated in the survey.

Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® - The Joint Commission

Primary Children’s Hospital was named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. Primary Children’s was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for certain conditions.

Primary Children’s is one of 21 hospitals recognized for its achievement in children’s asthma. The hospital is also one in 1,099 hospitals in the U.S. earning the distinction of Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance. The ratings are based on an aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. The list of Top Performer organizations represents 33 percent of all Joint Commission-accredited hospitals reporting accountability measure performance data for 2012.

Primary Children’s and each of the hospitals that were named as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures must:

  1. Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures
  2. Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure where there are at least 30 denominator cases; and
  3. Have at least one core measure set that has a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures have a performance rate of 95 percent or above.

A 95 percent score means a hospital provided an evidence-based practice 95 times out of 100 opportunities to provide the practice. Each accountability measure represents an evidence-based practice – for example, providing a home management plan of care for children with asthma.

Primary Children's will be recognize in The Joint Commission’s “Improving America’s Hospitals” annual report, on The Joint Commission’s Quality Check website, and in the December issues of The Joint Commission Perspectives and The Source

ACCME - Accredited with Commendation

Primary Children's Hospital has been recognized for the last 18 years as Accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).


Accreditation with Commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance in all ACCME criteria and the accreditation policies. This designation is reserved for institutions that set themselves apart as a hospital that delivers high quality education, serving as an exempler of the very best in continuing medical education. 

Primary Children’s Hospital is recognized as a learning organization and change agent for the physicians, patients, and outreach areas we serve.