Ochsner Hospital for Children Named No. 1 in Louisiana

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NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Ochsner Hospital for Children has been named No. 1 in Louisiana in the new “Best Children’s Hospitals for 2021-22″ rankings published online today by U.S. News & World Report. Ochsner was also recognized in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery in the new rankings. This is the fifth consecutive year it has been recognized as a top children’s hospital. 

Dr. William Lennarz, MD, System Chair of Pediatrics, Ochsner Hospital for Children said, “From schools closing to social distancing, we recognize a lot has changed for kids (and adults too) over the past year. What remains the same, however, is Ochsner Hospital for Children’s unwavering commitment to providing high quality care to kids across the state of Louisiana. We are proud of our team’s commitment to always putting patients first and making Ochsner Hospital for Children a destination for pediatric care in our region.”

The 15th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the United States in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery and urology. New this year, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings included state rankings with Ochsner Hospital for Children securing the coveted top spot in Louisiana.

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 pediatric hospitals in the United States and rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

“When choosing a hospital for a sick child, many parents want specialized expertise, convenience and caring medical professionals,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News.  “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings have always highlighted hospitals that excel in specialized care. As the pandemic continues to affect travel, finding high-quality care close to home has never been more important.”

For more information about Ochsner Hospital for Children, please visit www.ochsner.org/pediatrics.

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