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BIRMINGHAM (May 18, 2011) - For the second consecutive year, the Children's Hospital of Alabama has been ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

Ten of Children's pediatric specialty services were placed among the top 50 in the United States. The ten pediatric specialty services included this year were Pediatric Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery and Neurology, Pulmonology, Orthopedics and Urology. The complete listing and corresponding rankings may be found at

Children's, UAB Health System and UAB's Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery collaborated to submit the requested information. Although Children's is the primary site for pediatric clinical and educational programs within the UAB Health System, Children's Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees. Children's, which experiences an excess of 600,000 outpatient and 14,000 inpatient visits each year, is celebrating its centennial anniversary this year.

"We are proud that ten of our programs - double the number in 2010 - were ranked among the nation's best, particularly since this was only our second year to participate in the survey," said Mike Warren, Children's President and CEO. "More importantly, we are delighted to tell the Children's Hospital of Alabama story at a national level. The partnership between Children's and UAB results in excellent benefits for the children and families of Alabama."

Children's is currently building a 750,000 square-foot, $400 million expansion facility on the health system's downtown Birmingham campus (to be renamed the Russell campus upon completion). This expansion will allow Children's to manage projected growth in patient volume, provide for anticipated medical technology needs, and accommodate the planned consolidation and expansion of pediatric services.

The U.S. News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals rankings are based on methodology that includes reputation, clinical outcome data and other care-related measures such as nursing care, surgical volume and credentialing. Hospitals are ranked, in part, on reputational scores based on survey responses from pediatric specialists from across the country.

The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S., and one of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation.


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