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Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt earns top honors from U.S. News & World Report

Jun. 14, 2022, 7:43 AM


by Christina Echegaray

Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been named No. 1 children’s hospital in the Southeast and continues to be recognized among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings.

In the newly released 2022-2023 rankings, Children’s Hospital was again named the No. 1 children’s hospital in Tennessee and achieved a maximum 10 out of 10 pediatric specialty programs nationally ranked, with three specialties earning spots in the top 20. Children’s Hospital is one of only 23 pediatric hospitals in the nation to rank in all 10 specialties, and the only pediatric facility in Tennessee to attain this goal.

This is the second year in the new regional rankings category that Children’s Hospital was recognized as No. 1 in the Southeast. The Southeast Region includes 18 pediatric facilities in nine states (Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina). Children’s Hospital shares first place in the region with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Children’s Hospital of Alabama.

“This recognition is tremendous. It is a direct reflection of our dedicated health care and administrative teams. These highly skilled and talented individuals come to work each day thinking, ‘If this patient were my child, how would I want them to be treated? And how can I best meet the specific needs of this patient and their parent?’” said C. Wright Pinson, MBA, MD, Deputy CEO and Chief Health System Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Pediatric Urology earned a spot at No. 8 and has ranked every year in the top 10 since 2009, when U.S. News began including the specialty in its rankings. The other pediatric specialties ranked are: Cancer (19); Cardiology and Heart Surgery (30); Diabetes & Endocrinology (29); Gastroenterology and GI Surgery (28); Neonatology (22) Nephrology (47); Neurology & Neurosurgery (23); Orthopedics (30); and Pulmonology (19).

“We are honored that for the 16th consecutive year Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt has been recognized as a state, regional and national leader in pediatric health care,” said Meg Rush, MD, MMHC, President of Children’s Hospital. “Every day our teams work diligently to provide high quality and compassionate care to the more than 1,800 children and families who come to us for hope and healing. I am tremendously proud of and grateful for our physicians’, nurses’ and staff’s unwavering commitment and dedication to excellence in caring for the patients we serve. Congratulations to all of our teams on this wonderful achievement.”

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals report ranks the top 50 pediatric centers in 10 medical specialties. Scores are calculated using clinical data from 198 medical centers through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient safety, infection prevention and adequacy of nurse staffing. In addition, part of each hospital’s score is derived from reputational surveys of board-certified pediatric specialists. In the 2022-2023 report, only 90 children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one of the pediatric specialties.

Learn more about Children’s Hospital’s ranked specialties at The full Best Children’s Hospital rankings can be viewed online at

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