St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children Ranks in Nephrology and Gastroenterology and GI Surgery in U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals

Philadelphia, PA, June 28, 2015 --( U.S. News & World Report has ranked St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in nephrology and gastroenterology and GI surgery in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

“At St. Christopher’s, we remain committed to the health and well-being of the children in and around the Philadelphia area. Having our nephrology and gastroenterology (GI) & GI surgery departments ranked in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals truly exemplifies this dedication,” says St. Christopher’s newly-appointed CEO Mark McLoone. “It is this commitment and others that drive us to continue to expand and find new ways to meet the pediatric healthcare needs of the children we serve.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

About St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Since 1875, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children has been providing exceptional patient care and advancing new pediatric treatments through research and innovation. Through affiliations with Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and Albert Einstein Medical Center, St. Christopher’s is a teaching hospital helping to train the next generation of professionals in pediatric medicine. For more than 60 years, the hospital has been dedicated to not only the education and training of physicians; but, that of nurses and other allied health professionals.

St. Christopher’s is a 189-bed hospital that is committed to delivering high quality patient-centered care to children throughout the greater Delaware Valley. It has a full range of pediatric subspecialists to support the care of its patients and the families it serves. Its highly acclaimed programs include the highest level of pediatric trauma care and neonatal care, a Heart Center, Oncology unit and the only dedicated pediatric burn center in the region. St. Christopher’s also has one of the busiest emergency departments for children in the country, with over 70,000 annual visits.

St. Christopher’s once again achieved Magnet status in 2014 and numerous awards to St. Christopher’s physicians, who are frequently recognized in regional and national publications as “Top Docs” in their fields of expertise. In 2014, St. Christopher’s was the only pediatric hospital in the state and one of only nine nationally to be listed as a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital award is given to hospitals that demonstrate excellence in hospital safety and quality and is given to less than seven percent of eligible hospitals.

St. Christopher’s recently opened the Center for the Urban Child, which provides children with comprehensive services to help break the cycles of food insecurity, violence and childhood illness. Construction is currently underway for another facility, the Critical Care Tower, opening in 2016. The Critical Care Tower will feature advanced technology while incorporating families’ needs and will house 50 critical care and 60 NICU beds.

To learn more about St. Christopher’s, visit or call 215-427-5000 or 1-888-CHRISKIDS (247-4754). Find us on social media at,,,, and on instagram at @stchrismarketing and twitter at @stchrishospital.
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
Kelsey Jacobsen