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U.S. News & World Report ranks Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight specialties

Graphic shows the City of Richmond skyline with the phrase “Locally Loved. Nationally Ranked 8 Times.” There is also a badge from US News 7 World Report for Best Hospitals. Locally loved and nationally ranked: U.S. News & World Report ranks the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight specialties. (Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU)

U.S. News & World Report has named Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU (CHoR) one of the nation’s best hospitals for kids in eight out of 10 pediatric specialties – the most since the Best Children’s Hospital rankings were established 17 years ago. The publication’s 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were released today.

“Our health system teams put the needs of patients first – and when it comes to Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, that means creating an all-inclusive space to address children’s’ health care and families’ needs in a comprehensive way,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health. “I’m proud to see that work recognized. Pediatric subspecialty care is vitally important, and our pediatric experts are the best in providing the best care possible, creating hope and a brighter future for the children and families of Richmond and beyond.”

CHoR’s rankings include nephrology (#26), pulmonology (#26), neurology & neurosurgery (#33), urology (#33), gastroenterology (#36), cancer (#37), diabetes & endocrinology (#41) and neonatology (#49). CHoR is also rated among the top 10 children’s hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic region, which encompasses Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.



“We’re beyond proud to be a full-service, comprehensive children’s hospital for kids and families from Virginia and beyond,” said Elias Neujahr, MHA, MBA, CHoR president. “These U.S. News rankings demonstrate that when families come to CHoR, they’re getting care that is among the best in the country – and our continued advancement in these rankings speaks to the priority we place on delivering quality, safe and innovative care for children every day.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are designed to provide families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses with data-driven guidance to find quality medical care. U.S. News, together with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 119 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. Children’s hospitals awarded a “best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care and expert opinion among pediatric specialists.

“The Troutmans traveled across state lines for a groundbreaking infusion to delay the onset of diabetes, while Maydelin Juarez’s family relocated from Guatemala for a critical kidney transplant – two examples of the thousands of families who turn to CHoR when their children’s lives depend on it,” said Shari Barkin, M.D., physician-in-chief of CHoR and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at VCU School of Medicine. “ The bedrock of this extraordinary care is a combination of clinical experts who are continually investigating and implementing enhanced pediatric treatment options, and team members who are devoted to providing nurturing support for our patients and families.”

CHoR cares for kids with injuries and illnesses ranging from common to complex, serving more than 70,000 families last year from across the commonwealth, nearly all 50 states and outside the United States. Earlier this year, the hospital opened the Children’s Tower, its new 16-story home for pediatric inpatient, emergency and trauma care.

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