Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Again Ranked Among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals for Orthopedics, Neurology & Neurosurgery

[Saint Paul, Minn.] – June 11, 2013 – Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare has been ranked 18th in the nation for pediatric orthopedics and 50th in the nation for pediatric neurology & neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This is the fifth consecutive year Gillette has ranked in orthopedics, and the third consecutive year it has ranked in neurology & neurosurgery.

Gillette’s Center for Pediatric Orthopedics has among the highest concentrations of pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the U.S., and the hospital’s gait and motion analysis facility is among the world’s busiest. Gillette’s Center for Pediatric Neurosciences is also renowned, with the largest group of fellowship-trained pediatric neurosurgeons in the five-state region.

“We’re proud that Gillette has remained on this prestigious list since 2009, the first year specialty-care hospitals became eligible,” says Margaret Perryman, president and CEO, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare. “These rankings are a reflection of Gillette’s achievements in patient safety, depth of pediatric expertise, and exceptional patient care provided throughout our hospital.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty-seven hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.

About Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

Gillette, an independent, not-for-profit hospital and clinics, is internationally recognized for its work in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults who have disabilities or complex medical needs, such as cerebral palsy, complex orthopedic conditions, craniofacial anomalies, neurological conditions, brain and spinal cord injuries, spina bifida and juvenile arthritis. Since 1897, Gillette has been at the forefront of medical treatment, technology, education and research for children with disabilities. Gillette’s mission is to help children, adults and their families improve their health, achieve greater well-being, and enjoy life. For more information, visit

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