University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. This is the 12th consecutive year University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has earned a spot among the states’ and the country’s best hospitals. “Our consistent recognition as one of the nation’s best hospitals is a reflection of the entire team at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital,” stated Dan Landers, MD, FACOG, Service Line Chief for Women’s and Children with University of Minnesota Health and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “We are grateful to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families in the metro, the state, and on a national and global scale.” 

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were introduced in 2007 by U.S. News to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The annual list recognizes the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 specialties, ranging from cancer to urology. 

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has five ranked specialties, the most of any pediatric hospital in the Twin Cities. They include Pediatric Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Nephrology and Pulmonology. “We are committed to bettering the health and lives of our patients every day and this recognition highlights the commitment of everyone at the hospital who makes that happen,” stated Sameer Gupta, MD, Chief Medical Officer, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. 

The rankings rely on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists, while also factoring in clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency, coordination of care delivery and compliance with "best practices.” Dr. Gupta noted, “As a pediatric academic health center, we are proud of the differences we are able to make in the lives of our patients, through research, education, and care.” 

A place on the U.S. News list isn’t presumed, each year it must be earned. Consistently gaining national recognition requires a collaborative effort, and many people closely involved with the facility recognized it. Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH, who is the Physician-In-Chief of University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School, stated, “Our hospital is a healing place with a focus on compassionate care, comprehensive medicine and breakthrough innovation. We would not have achieved this distinction without the diligence of our care providers and staff and the trust our families and community have placed in us.” 

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Clinical Affairs at the University of Minnesota, reiterated this sentiment, “Our providers and staff truly exemplify our missions of clinical care, research and education through their work to improve the lives of our patients. It is an honor to have our leadership in this field recognized in this way, as pediatrics is a critically important part of our legacy and our service to the community.”

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