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Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked Among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the third straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country.

Brenner Children’s, ranked in orthopedics (No. 48), stands out for its comprehensive, multidisciplinary pediatric orthopedic program. As a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Brenner Children’s has a designated inpatient unit for pediatric and adolescent orthopedic patients; a dedicated pediatric imaging center; a multidisciplinary musculoskeletal oncology program; a motion laboratory (gait analysis); and seating services or wheelchair coordination clinics for patients with neuromuscular disorders.

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. Eighty-three of the 184 surveyed hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical and operational data, adherence to best practices and reputation with pediatric specialists.

“We are pleased to be ranked by U.S. News as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country for a third consecutive year,” said Katherine A. Poehling, M.D., interim chair of pediatrics, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “The ranking speaks to our specialty in orthopedics, which is one of many pediatric services we provide in the delivery of quality patient- and family-centered care to our patients.”

Within its orthopedics specialty, Brenner Children’s also offers care and treatment in pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, scoliosis, cerebral palsy, and pediatric neck and spine surgery. 

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families find the best pediatric care available. The rankings offer an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance. Prior to 2007, pediatrics was listed as a care category in the annual U.S. News Best Hospitals list in the reputational rankings.

“There is nothing more overwhelming for parents than finding care for a child with a rare or life-threatening condition,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News’s health rankings editor. “We hope the Best Children’s Hospitals provides a good starting point for research and helps make a family’s search for the best care for their child a little easier.”

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