WASHINGTON - Parents know in the back of their mind which hospital they prefer in an emergency, but a new ranking finds few hospitals have excellent resources required to care for children in need of serious medical care.
Most kids head to the ER for a broken bone or a high fever, but just 1 in 30 hospitals provide the level of care needed by very ill children, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The hospitals on U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals list had to excel in at least three specialties to make the list. Of the 80 that are ranked, 12 were named to the Hospital Honor Roll.
Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center were the top ranked hospitals.
Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore came in tenth on the list of all of the hospitals.
In specialties analyzed for the report, Johns Hopkins Children's Center came in eighth for diabetes and endocrinology treatment and tenth for Neonatology.
Children's National Medical Center in D.C. ranked sixth in neonatology, ninth in neurology and neurosurgery and tenth in cancer treatments.
To see the full list and how the hospitals ranked by specialty, visit U.S. News and World Report.
WTOP's Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. Follow WTOP on Twitter.
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