U.S. News Media Group ranks Texas Children's Hospital among leading pediatric institutions nationwide

HOUSTON - (June 3, 2010) - Texas Children's Hospital has been named as aleader among national pediatric hospitals in U.S.News World Report's 2010edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals. One of only eight hospitals inthe nation to achieve the Honor Roll designation, Texas Children's is the onlyhospital in Texas - and the entire southern region of the U.S. - awarded thisdistinction. For more information, see www.texaschildrens.org.

The comprehensive survey ranks children's hospitals across 10 majorsubspecialties. For the second consecutive year, Texas Children's was ranked inthe top ten for nine out of 10 categories, and also earned Honor Roll status bybeing named as a best hospital in all of the 10 subspecialties surveyed.

Texas Children's earned Honor Roll distinction by being ranked among America'sbest in:

As part ofthe new ranking system that U.S. News began in 2009, pediatric hospitals areranked across 10 major subspecialties, as opposed to being ranked overall. TheHonor Roll designation is reserved for those hospitals that ranked in all 10subspecialties surveyed.

"We are excited that U.S. News has again acknowledgedTexas Children's as one of the nation's premier pediatric hospitals," saidPresident and CEO Mark A. Wallace. "Texas Children's ongoing commitment toproviding the highest quality patient care, education and research haspositioned us as one of the foremost institutions for treating childhooddiseases and disorders."

The rankings are a result of a methodology thatweighed a combination of reputation, outcome and care-related measures such asnursing care, advanced technology and credentialing, among other factors. Thehospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatricspecialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest childrenand data gathered in an extensive survey of the hospitals themselves.

"To consistently be distinguished as one of the bestpediatric hospitals in the nation is a tremendous honor," said Dr. Mark Kline,physician-in-chief of Texas Children's Hospital and chair of the Department ofPediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. "This recognition is truly atestament to the extraordinary work of dedicated physicians, researchers,clinicians and employees driven to achieve excellence year after year."

The 2010 edition of America's Best Children'sHospitals is available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and will befeatured in the August issue of U.S.News World Report available tosubscribers on July 15 and on newsstands July 27.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.