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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Ranked #1 Children's Hospital in Florida

Posted on Jun 15, 2021

The neurology and neurosurgery programs are part of the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences headed by George Jallo, M.D.
The neurology and neurosurgery programs are part of the Institute for Brain Protection Sciences headed by George Jallo, M.D.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in a tie for best pediatric hospital in Florida in its 2021-2022 rankings. Johns Hopkins All Children’s ranked nationally in eight specialty areas, matching last year as its best-ever performance.

The state rankings are new, and U.S. News & World Report also introduced a regional ranking with Johns Hopkins All Children’s tying for fifth place in the Southeast region, which stretches north to Tennessee and North Carolina and west to Arkansas and Louisiana. State and regional rankings are based on the number of pediatric specialties the hospital ranks for nationally.

The magazine’s 15th annual children’s hospital ranking lists Johns Hopkins All Children’s among the top 50 in these areas:

  • Neurology and Neurosurgery #25 (tie)
  • Diabetes and Endocrinology #30 (tie)
  • Nephrology #39
  • Cancer #43
  • Neonatology #45
  • Orthopaedics #45 (tie)
  • Urology #45
  • Pulmonology #46 (tie)

“With the world focused on health, medicine and science, we are honored to be recognized for the broad range of expert care we offer to this community and its children and families,” says Thomas Kmetz, president of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “It is humbling to think that an organization formed to fight a national polio crisis more than 90 years ago now stands amid a pandemic at the forefront of care for kids in Florida and beyond.”

U.S. News & World Report compiles its rankings by gathering data from more than 100 children’s medical centers throughout the country, considering certifications from organizations such as the nursing Magnet program and surveying pediatric specialists.

The neurology and neurosurgery programs are part of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Institute for Brain Protection Sciences headed by George Jallo, M.D., a neurosurgeon who joined the hospital in 2015. They have been ranked in four of the past five years with this year’s ranking as their highest ever. The programs promote healthy neurodevelopment early in life and provide state-of-the-art care for children with brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries and other brain conditions to ensure the best possible recovery.

The endocrinology and diabetes program ranks for the second year in a row and moved up three spots to achieve its highest ranking ever. It provides diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for children, teens and young adults with endocrine and diabetes disorders. 

Nephrology, which is a collaboration with the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, ranks for the third time in four years and matched its ranking from last year. It is the highest-ranking pediatric nephrology program in the state. It provides comprehensive medical care for children with acute and chronic diseases of the kidney system, including congenital malformations of the kidney, polycystic kidney disease, chronic renal insufficiency, acute renal failure, hypertension, electrolyte disorders and other problems.

The Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute is the highest-ranked pediatric cancer program in the state and the first certified pediatric center in Florida to offer CAR-T cell therapy to treat patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. It ranks for the third year in a row and sixth time overall.

The neonatology program offers expertise in premature, very low and extremely low birth weight babies in the 97-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) on the hospital’s main campus, which has a Level IV ranking, the highest available from the American Academy of Pediatrics. The team also manages nearly 100 beds in collaborative arrangements with Level II-III NICU network hospitals in the region. It is in the U.S. News rankings for the fourth time in six years.

The orthopaedics program is a collaboration with Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates. It specializes in the care of orthopaedic conditions, including scoliosis and limb deformity; congenital anomalies such as clubfoot and hip dysplasia; problems of the hand, foot and knee; and acute injuries such as sports injuries, fractures and trauma. It has ranked five of the past six years and six times overall.

The urology program is a collaboration with Children’s Urology Group, providing laparoscopic and minimally-invasive surgical services for a variety of urologic conditions. It moves up one spot in the ranking and appears on the list for the sixth time overall and is the highest ranked pediatric urology program in Florida this year.

The pulmonology and cystic fibrosis program began offering a new drug therapy in 2019 that will help an estimated 90% of cystic fibrosis patients. The program also treats several other lung diseases and respiratory disorders from severe asthma to bronchopulmonary dysplasia. It moved up one spot in the ranking and makes the list for the third year in a row and sixth time overall. 

More than 100 pediatric hospitals across the country participate in the survey each year, including Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, which ranked nationally in 10 specialty areas. Since joining the Johns Hopkins Health System in 2011, specialists at All Children’s have collaborated with colleagues in Baltimore on a variety of treatment and research initiatives.

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