Work on the 2014-15 Best Children's Hospitals rankings is well underway. Suggested changes to the operational survey sent to some 200 pediatric facilities have been submitted to RTI International, U.S. News's contractor for this and the Best Hospitals rankings. The recommendations came from 11 advisory panels – one for each of the 10 specialty rankings and another for infection control – that RTI convenes annually to update and improve the data that determine the rankings.
Meanwhile, we need feedback from children's hospitals in two areas:
First, has your hospital name changed from the way it is currently displayed at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals? Is it expected to change in the near future? If the answer to either question is affirmative, please email email@example.com to submit the new name.
And second, should we go below the line in the rankings? That is, should we rank the 50 top children's hospitals in each specialty, as we do now, but then add all of the hospitals that submitted enough information on our operational survey to generate a calculated score? They would not be ranked.
We do this in Best Hospitals. In each specialty, below the ranked hospitals, all centers that were eligible for ranking are listed in alphabetical order, with scores and data but no rank. In some specialties this extended the number of hospitals displayed by more than 1,600. In the pediatric rankings, the additional number of hospitals would be much lower, likely no more than 60 to 70 and possibly as low as 30 to 50.
We understand that this latter proposal could be problematic for some hospitals. We may want to delay such a change for a few years to work out the details. The argument in favor is that if you were a parent, you would want to know as much as you could about a children's hospital that might treat your child.