U.S. News & World Report 2017-2018 Best Children's Hospitals

Primary Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the nation's best children's hospitals in 10 of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals Rankings Report. Primary Children's is ranked in the top 15 for cardiology and is one of only 24 hospitals in the nation to be ranked in all 10 categories. 






The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. 

The rankings represent a sustained, upward trend for Primary Children’s, and the hospital’s highest level of achievement on the U.S. News rankings to date. Last year, Primary Children’s was ranked among the nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals in nine of the 10 specialties. This year, Primary Children’s added pulmonology to the list of its nationally ranked pediatric specialties. In 2015-2016, Primary Children’s was ranked in seven of U.S. News’ 10 specialties, and in just five of the 10 specialties in the 2013-2014 report.

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.

Women's Choice Award

Primary Children's has been named as one of the Women's Choice Award's 2018 Best Children's Hospitals. The select group of 66 children’s hospitals represent those that have met the highest standards for childcare. This designation is based on a point system that includes information provided by more than 100 children’s hospitals in the nation, which included evaluation of several services and criteria:

  • Family-centered care
  • Family sleeping/living accomodations
  • Dedicated pediatric emergency department
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Child life specialists
  • Use of telehealth technologies 
  • Participation in pediatric health research
  • Accreditation by the Joint Commission
  • Pediatric Trauma Center accreditation

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