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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & World Report

Honored in 6 Specialties

Thursday, Jun 23, 2016

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has been recognized again by U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) for being among the Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation in the 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. In the latest rankings, released today, duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, DE, was ranked in six of the ten surveyed specialties. Orthopedics ranked in the top five for the third straight year.

Key Facts

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children ranked in six  USNWR specialties:

  • Cancer (#47)
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#47)
  • Gastroenterology (#22)
  • Nephrology (#32)
  • Orthopedics (#5)
  • Pulmonology (#46)

Two of Nemours ranked specialties improved their ranking from 2014-15: gastroenterology (#35 to #22) and nephrology (#39 to #32).

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children has been ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in each year it has participated in the survey.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

The methodology reflects the level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care, such as staffing, technology and special services; delivery of healthcare, such as reputation among pediatric specialists, programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices; and clinical outcomes, such as patient survival, infection rates and complications.

In the 2016-17 rankings, 78 of the 183 surveyed hospitals were ranked in one or more specialties.

The rankings will be published in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals 2017" guidebook, available for pre-sale August 1.

"The Best Children’s Hospitals highlight pediatric centers that offer exceptional care for the kids who need the most help. Day in and day out, they deliver state-of-the-art medical care."

--Avery Comarow, U.S. News and World Report Health Rankings Editor

"At Nemours, these U.S. News & World Report specialty rankings recognize our commitment to providing the leadership, institutions and services for restoring and improving the health of children through care and programs not readily available. I am grateful to our dedicated team of physicians, nurses, researchers and staff who honor this promise of more than 80 years, made in partnership with families, to provide the highest quality care to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential."

-- David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, President & CEO, Nemours

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens, KidsHealth.org, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours ReadingBrightstart.org is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.