U.S. News & World Report has released the 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, which include the best hospitals for nephrology. Boston Children’s Hospital has ranked number one among pediatric hospitals for nephrology, a ranking it’s held since 2010.

Ten hospitals earned a place on the Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to pediatric centers that deliver exceptionally high-quality care across multiple specialties.

Boston Children’s Hospital tops this year’s Honor Roll and ranked number 1 in five of the 10 specialties, including nephrology. Other hospitals with number 1 rankings include Children’ s Hospital of Philadelphia (in diabetes and endocrinology and in pulmonology), Children’ s National Medical Center (in neonatology), Texas Children’ s Hospital (in cardiology and heart surgery) and St. Jude Children’ s Research Hospital (in cancer).

The top ranked children’s hospitals for nephrology for 2017 – 2018 include:

1. Boston Children’s Hospital
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children’s Hospital
5. Seattle Children’s Hospital
6. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
7. Children’s Mercy Kansas City
8. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford
9. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
10. Children’s National Medical Center
11. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
12. UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
13. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
14. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
15. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
16. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
17. Children’s Medical Center Dallas
18. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (tie)
18. St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University (tie)
20. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
21. University of Iowa Children’s Hospital
22. Levine Children’s Hospital
23. University of California Davis Children’s Hospital
24. Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
25. Doernbecher Children’s Hospital at Oregon Health and Science University
26. Rady Children’s Hospital
27. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital
28. Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital
29. Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
30. Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center
31. Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM-Jackson Memorial Medical Center (tie)31. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt (tie)
31. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital-Children’s Minnesota (tie)
34. Children’s Hospital Colorado
35. Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
36. Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
37. North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC
38. Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
39. Mount Sinai Kravis Children’s Hospital
40. Phoenix Children’s Hospital
41. Children’s Hospital of Michigan
42. Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
43. Children’s Hospital of Alabama at UAB (tie)
43. University of Rochester-Golisano Children’s Hospital (tie)
45. Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (tie)
45. Cohen Children’s Center  (tie)
47. Primary Children’s Hospital
48. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
49. American Family Children’s Hospital
50. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center

Methodology

A third of each hospital’s score, 33.3%, is tied to outcomes such as survival, infections and surgical complications. More than 50% is based on metrics of each hospital’s commitment to patient safety (including adherence to practices that have been proven to prevent infections), clinical resources (such as the number of fellowship programs), family centeredness, such as the degree to which families are involved in their children’s care, and other objective measures of excellence. A hospital’s reputation, based on an annual survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each of the 10 specialties, made up the final 15%. About 11,000 physicians were surveyed on reputation across the 10 pediatric specialties.