Top 10 NICUs in the United States (2009-2011)

People land on my site every. single. day.  looking for this information.  I posted the five best NICUs from 2008 way back here.  There have been some changes and updates, though.  So, for those of you looking for more current information, I am sharing the top ten neonatology departments in the nation (according to U.S. New & World Report):
  1. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Children’s Hospital Boston
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  4. Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (Cleveland)
  5. Texas Children’s Hospital
  6. Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford (Palo Alto, CA)
  7. New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital
  8. Children’s National Medical Center (Washington DC)
  9. St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University
  10. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (Baltimore)
I was a little shocked to see that, according to the full list, our beloved Riley Hospital (Indianapolis) had dropped to #30.  Methods of ranking and evaluation vary, though, so you always have to take it all with a grain of salt.  One thing is for sure, in my opinion, and that is that the above ten hospitals are all doing amazing jobs in the field of neonatology!  I was also very pleased to see how scattered around our nation they are.  East, west, and middle American are all well-represented.  For more details about these rankings, you can head right over here.
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9 comments to Top 10 NICUs in the United States (2009-2011)

  • After my granddaughter was born, she spent 9 weeks in the NICU at the Seton Medical Center here in Austin. They may not be one of the top ten Neonate units, but they will always be at the top of our list! The thing about NICUs is that when you need one you don’t have the luxury of time to travel across the country to get to one of the “best”! Having this wonderful facility right here save my granddaughter’s life and the OB unit kept my daughter alive through the whole pre-eclampsia crisis. We will always be grateful beyond measure.

    • Totally agree! I don’t really care where Riley falls on that list- that hospital (and the people within it) will always be amazing to us. They definitely do transport babies, as I’m sure you already know, because some hospitals don’t even have NICUs. The shorter the trip, the better for all involved. That’s why I was so happy to see how widely spread some of the “best” are.. good to know that they’re not all clustered in one little corner of the country! :)

  • Becky

    Our beloved Duke is 16 on the list but will always be #1 in our hearts. Their nurses are the best. While the doctors are outstanding, it’s the nurses that really seal the deal. Glad you posted this!

    • Oh, those nurses can make or break a place to be sure! I truly believe NICU nurses have a special place in heaven. That is one TOUGH, draining job… physically, mentally, and emotionally.

  • :( Our NICU wasn’t there, but they still managed to do a great job with Reese so I’m okay with it. I kind of wish these lists didn’t exist because it’s not like you really have a choice of which NICU your fighting for life baby is rushed to. And as I’m an inpatient recovering from surgery I’m certainly not going to wish they’d medivac my baby 2500 miles away to Philly. But it’s reassuring to know they are vying for these top spots by making advances all the time.

    • Eh, every list is different anyway. I look at these things the same way I view SAT scores… if you’re at the top of the pack, you are most likely very good. However, it’s very easy to NOT be at the top and STILL be very good. You may just not have demonstrated exactly what they were looking for at the time. :) And, really, even with our NICU being in the top 5 at the time that C. was born, we still had to be transported to Chicago in order to have her retinal surgery done. Their NICU didn’t rank as high, but they had one of the only three surgeons in the country qualified to do the surgery she needed.

  • Jennie

    I’ve learned over the last 13 years of being a part of this “club” the best may not be the “best” for my child. The best is a facility and staff that understands my child and me.

  • jj

    My son was transferred from UCLA-Santa Monica to UCLA-Ronald Reagan. While Ronald Reagan is on the list, we had problems at both hospitals with nurse/staff mistakes, with one incident that nearly killed my son. No matter which hospital you go to, it’s really important to ask questions and be on top of your child’s care. We often tend to trust doctors/nurses blindly but they are human and can make fatal mistakes.

  • [...] of these hospitals are repeats from last year’s list– they just moved around a bit in terms of ranking. Once again, I am delighted to see how [...]

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