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CHoR marks eighth time ranking among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report
June 14, 2022
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    CHoR has again been named among the nation’s top hospitals for kids by U.S. News & World Report. The publication’s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were released today, with CHoR earning distinction in three pediatric specialties.

    Nephrology, urology and pulmonology earn national rankings

    U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospitals BadgeOur rankings include nephrology (#31), urology (#33) and pulmonology (#37). This marks the eighth year the hospital has made the list for nephrology, fourth for pulmonology and third for urology – and we are the only children’s hospital in Virginia that ranked in nephrology and urology. We’re also rated among the top 10 children’s hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region, encompassing Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

    “Our teams care for thousands of children, understanding that each one individually means the world to their loved ones,” said Elias Neujahr, CHoR president. “It’s for these families that our team combines fervor and expertise – and these rankings by U.S. News & World Report are a reflection of this dedication to making sure that the health of our kids comes first through life-changing care today and research for tomorrow. I’m proud of and humbled by our CHoR patients, families, providers and support teams for the tenacity and grace they show every day along this journey.”

    About the Best Children’s Hospital rankings

    The Best Children’s Hospital rankings were established in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find quality medical care. Scores and resulting rankings are based on clinical data — such as procedure and patient volumes, infection prevention, patient safety, availability of specific care, nurse staffing and more — along with an annual survey asking 15,000 pediatric specialists where they would send the sickest children in need of care in their areas of specialty.

    The meaning behind the rankings for CHoR

    “These rankings are one of the many ways we measure and affirm the quality, safe and innovative care we’re committed to providing children from throughout Virginia and beyond,” said Dr. Karen Hendricks-Muñoz, interim chair, Department of Pediatrics, interim physician in chief, CHoR. “It’s a privilege to work alongside providers who are among the best in the country in terms of both clinical acumen and a heart for kids and families who need a healing hand as they face serious medical concerns.”

    Hear from the division chiefs who lead our nationally ranked programs

    “The children of Richmond and Central Virginia deserve absolute excellence in the health care available to them. It is generally acknowledged that high quality medical care for pediatric patients is attained by concentrating all relevant specialists into a children’s hospital that fosters multidisciplinary collaboration and the nurturing of specialized skill and expertise. Whatever recognition has gone to the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine should be viewed in the context of the collaborative environment provided by our colleagues at CHoR. With thanks to them, we are also mindful of the many ways that we can improve, and for the sake of our families and children we will not rest on laurels but continue to strive to be better every day.” -Dr. Michael Schechter, pulmonology

    “This ranking confirms our institutional commitment to high quality care with specific focus on the development of pediatric competencies that transcend multiple teams and departments throughout CHoR and directly lead to our ability to maintain superior surgical outcomes and provide high quality care. Furthermore, it should not go without notice that the close relationship we share with our pediatric nephrology colleagues equally contributes to our ability to provide patients with the highest level of care.” -Dr. Tony Herndon, urology 

    “I’ll expand upon Dr. Herndon’s comments that cooperative care between all subspecialties delivers excellence in the care of children.” -Dr. Timothy Bunchman, nephrology

    A new home for quality care and research, coming soon

    Children and families are also the impetus behind construction of the new tower dedicated to pediatric inpatient, emergency and trauma care, set to open in spring 2023. The building will provide our nationally ranked hospital – and Central Virginia’s only full-service children’s hospital – a new home for clinical care and research to meet the growing needs of the community.

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