Texas Children’s Hospital is again recognized as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As the only nationally-ranked hospital in Texas, we are proud to have six specialties ranked in the top three. As a parent, we know you would travel to the ends of the earth to seek the best possible care for your child. Since Texas Children’s is rooted in Houston, you don’t have to go far to access the quality of care and outcomes, as well as experience and expertise, your child deserves.  

We are honored to be the best place in the country for children in need of pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, as well as pulmonary care. Additionally, we’re proud to have top 10 rankings in all 10 recognized specialties. 

Overall, Texas Children’s Hospital is third* in the country, and is one of only 10 children’s hospitals to achieve Honor Roll designation


What Makes Us the Best

Saying you want to be the best is one thing. Constantly driving to be better is a different story. That’s what rankings from U.S. News & World Report measure and why we’re so proud when they continue to move in the right direction. 

Texas Children’s continues to be a preeminent resource for health and hope to all children and their families, because for us, outcomes = children’s lives. Here are just a few examples of Texas Children’s high-quality care metrics recognized in this year’s rankings by U.S. News & World Report. 

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – increased the number of registered nurses (RN) in the pediatric intensive care unit with more than 2 years of experience, and exceeded thresholds in four-year combined risk-adjusted operative mortality. 
  • Pulmonology – decreased the percentage of patients readmitted to the hospital to address asthma-related symptoms 
  • Nephrology – decrease in hemodialysis catheter associated Blood Stream Infection (BSI) and an improvement in children younger than 5 years of age receiving hemodialysis. 
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery – achieved successful Kasai Procedures in biliary atresia patients and improving the percentage of patients experiencing prednisone-free admission. 
  • Cancer – increased the five-year survival of patients with neuroblastoma and increased the percentage of patients who received intravenous treatment antibiotics within an hour of triage. 
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – showed improvement in 30-day unplanned return to the operating room for craniotomy and a decrease in readmission within 30 days of surgery for Chiari decompression patients. 
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – demonstrated significant increase in patients meeting with nutritionist, CDE (certified dietician educator), social worker, and or psychologist
  • Orthopedics – 100% of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants participated in Continuing Education Units and Continuing Medical Education programs
  • Urology – decreased unplanned hospital admissions for a urologic issue within 30 days of inpatient urological surgery
  • Neonatology – increase in infants discharged home on mother’s own milk

Access the Best Care

Texas Children’s Hospital provides care in more than 40 pediatric specialties and has multiple locations across Houston. As the only hospital on the Honor Roll to have online scheduling, you can access the right care at the right time in the right location. To schedule an appointment, visit texaschildrens.org/appointment.


About U.S. News Rankings

U.S. News & World Report introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings factor in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

The 2019-20 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals is available online at usnews.com/childrenshospitals.


Additional Information

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