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Children's of Alabama Ranked Among Best Pediatric Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report Magazine

BIRMINGHAM (June 10, 2014)—For the fifth consecutive year, Children’s of Alabama is ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.

Eight of Children’s pediatric specialty services – Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Neonatology, Cancer and Pulmonology – were placed among the top 50 in the United States in the magazine’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital rankings. Currently, U.S. News & World Report ranks 10 specialties including Cancer, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Heart/Heart Surgery, Kidney, Neonatology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. The complete listing and corresponding rankings may be found at

“We are very pleased that for the fifth straight year we are ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals,” said Children’s CEO and president Mike Warren. “Without question we provide exceptional care, service and comfort to the patients who are entrusted to us.”Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery collaborated to submit the requested information. Children’s is the primary site for pediatric clinical and educational programs for the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

"The U.S. News & World Report ranking is further acknowledgement of the standard set by Children's of Alabama," said Sergio Stagno, M.D., physician-in-chief of Children's and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine.

Families from every county in the state, 41 other states and four foreign countries made more than 670,000 outpatient visits to Children’s last year, plus more than 60,000 emergency department visits. More than 21,000 surgeries were performed at the state’s only freestanding medical facility in 2013. About half of all admissions come through the emergency department.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospital rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout Alabama. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at


*This is not the official U.S. News & World Report Service Mark.