American Family Children's Hospital

American Family Children's Hospital Moves Up in U.S. News Annual Rankings

American Family Children’s Hospital has moved up substantially in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings of children’s hospitals.


The hospital is ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in seven medical and surgical specialties:

Pediatric hospitalist Mary L. Ehlenbach, MDThe hospital was ranked in seven specialties among the top 50 last year. While last year's rankings were mainly in the forties, this year, most specialties ranked in the twenties.


"American Family Children's Hospital has been open just short of five years," said Vice President Jeff Poltawsky. "Our commitment to create one of the best and safest children's hospitals in the nation is bolstered by the support we get from our community. We have achieved so much in five years by having a focused priority for clinical excellence in pediatric care that is patient and family-centered. We are honored to be in such good company with some of the most prestigious children's hospitals in the country."

Rankings were based on surveys of children's hospitals across the country. The survey asked questions concerning survival rates, infection rates, nurse staffing, sub-specialist availability and other critical information difficult for those in charge of a child's care to find on their own.


The data from the survey were combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems. Moreover, this year's survey accounted for catheter-associated, hospital-acquired infections. American Family Children's Hospital's rankings were helped by its excellent scores in this category.


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