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For the First Time, All Ten Children's Mercy Specialties Rank in Top 30 by U.S. News and World Report

KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 18, 2019 – Children’s Mercy Kansas City is once again recognized as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-2020 “Best Children’s Hospitals” report. For the fifth year in a row, Children’s Mercy is listed with the best in the country in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties included in the survey. Children’s Mercy is among an elite handful of pediatric hospitals which consistently rank in all 10 specialties.

Children’s Mercy specialties in the top 30 rankings, with three in the top 15:

  • Nephrology/Kidney (#7)
  • Neonatology/Neonatal Care (#13)
  • Orthopedics (#13)
  • Urology (#17)
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery (#20)
  • Gastroenterology/Digestive Disorders (#22)
  • Neurology/Neurosurgery (#23)
  • Pulmonology (#27)
  • Endocrinology (#29)
  • Cancer (#30)

“Five of our specialties made gains this year, including our Neonatology team which rose nearly 30 spots,” said Paul Kempinski, MS, FACHE, president and CEO of Children’s Mercy. “Having all 10 specialties ranked for the fifth year is testament not just to our team’s expertise, but equally important, it speaks to our partnership with our patient families and our community providers. It takes us all working together to ensure the best outcome for every child.”

This year, U.S. News surveyed more than 180 pediatric centers to gather clinical and operational data. This data was then combined with results from a reputational survey in which board-certified pediatric specialists representing the 10 areas were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

Those pediatric specialties include: cancer, cardiology, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.


About Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Founded in 1897, Children’s Mercy is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. With not-for-profit hospitals in Missouri and Kansas, and numerous specialty clinics in both states, Children’s Mercy provides the highest level of care for children from birth through the age of 21. U.S. News & World Report has repeatedly ranked Children’s Mercy as one of “America's Best Children's Hospitals.” For the fourth time in a row, Children’s Mercy has achieved Magnet nursing designation, awarded to only about 8 percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. Thanks to generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy provides medical care to every child who passes through its doors, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit childrensmercy.org. For breaking news and videos, follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.