U.S. News Ranks Inova Children’s Hospital among the Best in the Nation in Neonatology and Cardiology and Heart Surgery

best-childrens-hospitals-neonatology.fwbest-childrens-hospitals-cardiology.fwFALLS CHURCH, VA – June 9, 2015 – Today, U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, citing Inova Children’s Hospital as 29th best in the nation in Neonatology – up from 42nd in 2014 – and 47th in Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery. The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties. Only 83 hospitals nationwide ranked in at least one specialty – Inova Children’s Hospital ranked nationally in two specialties.

“We are extremely proud at Inova Children’s Hospital, not only to be once-again ranked among the best in the nation for neonatology, but to add our world-class cardiology and heart surgery specialty to the top 50 rankings,” said David Ascher, MD, Chairman of Inova Children’s Hospital.  “The significant jump from 42nd to 29th in ranking is a reflection of the extraordinary care our physicians, nurses and staff provide in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I would also like to thank and congratulate Inova Children’s Heart program for being recognized as one of the top 50 best programs in the nation. Every year, they perform hundreds of cardiac surgeries on young children, including fragile newborns facing complex health challenges.”


The Level IV NICU at Inova Children’s Hospital provides care for babies born at Inova Women’s Hospital, as well as the premature and sick infants who need the highest level of neonatal care from throughout the region.  The Inova Translational Medicine Institute is collaborating with the NICU to identify causes of prematurity and genomic causes of unknown diseases and syndromes. Inova Children’s Heart Program is nationally recognized and one of the largest, most successful programs in Virginia, providing specialized care to children their entire lives, from birth through adulthood.

In January 2016, Inova Children’s Hospital will move with Inova Women’s Hospital to a new, 665,000 square foot dedicated women’s and children’s building.

U.S. News 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 open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

Media Contact: Tracy Connell, 703-289-2087, tracy.connell@inova.org

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