The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has been named the nation's best pediatric hospital by Parents magazine. In addition to the overall ranking, CHOP was ranked in the top 3 in all 6 specialties included in the survey. Parents ranked Children's Hospital's Cancer Center and emergency medicine first; the Cardiac Center tied for first; neonatology ranked second; and orthopedics and pulmonology ranked third.

"We are honored by this recognition, particularly as it comes from a source so many families trust for advice about their children's well-being," said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "Accomplishments like this one are a testament to our staff, whose commitment to every child and family in our care is extraordinary."

The "10 Best Hospitals" list will appear in the March 2013 issue of Parents that is now available on newsstands as well as online at www.parents.com.

Parents magazine’s exclusive list of the 10 Best Children’s Hospitals provides the most comprehensive family focused data-driven comparison of pediatric facilities. In compiling the list, Parents focused on key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.

The hospitals on the list were ranked by Parents editors, with input from a team of medical advisors, based on their responses to detailed questions in the following areas: survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; experience in performing certain complex procedures; depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of families of patients. All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

"To be ranked #1 in the nation affirms our mission and reminds us of our continued and profound responsibility to advance pediatric health," Dr. Altschuler said.