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U.S. News & World Report Names Nine Children’s of Alabama Programs to Best Children’s Hospitals List - Archived

usnews_9specialties.pngBIRMINGHAM (June 15, 2021) – U.S. News & World Report has named nine pediatric specialty services at Children’s of Alabama among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for 2021-22.

Children’s ranked in the top 50 programs in the United States for:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

This is the 12th consecutive year that Children’s has participated in the program and 12th consecutive year to be included in the rankings among the best children’s hospitals in the nation. This is also the first year U.S. News & World Report has ranked hospitals by state and region. Children’s ranked as the top hospital in Alabama for children and tied for third in the southeast region. The complete listing and corresponding rankings for the magazine’s 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals is online at

“We’re particularly proud of our people and programs being recognized on the national and regional levels, as we continue to provide the finest possible care and treatment to the children and families we serve,” said Children’s CEO and President Tom Shufflebarger. “Last year was entirely unique, and this year has been challenging as well, as we bounce back from COVID-19. It’s also been a rewarding year and one that has made us better as we carry out our mission to be a leading pediatric medical center.”

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 UAB School of Medicine. Children’s has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout Central Alabama.

U.S. News & World Report introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. Children’s and UAB began participating in the pediatric rankings in 2011. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level. To create the pediatric rankings, U.S. News & World Report gathers key clinical data from nearly 200 medical centers through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. In addition, part of each hospital’s score is derived from surveys of more than 15,000 pediatric specialists who are asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty. In 2020, only 88 children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one of the 10 pediatric specialties we evaluate.

Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient, outpatient and primary care throughout Central Alabama. Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves patients from every county in Alabama and nearly every state. Children’s is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s full-time physicians, as well as private practicing community physicians.