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Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Of UPMC

Renowned for its outstanding clinical services, research programs, and medical education, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is one of 12 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals” for 2012–13. Children’s Hospital is ranked in nine of the 10 pediatric specialties for the survey's 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. Children's ranked in the following pediatric specialties:

  • cancer
  • diabetes and endocrinology
  • gastroenterology
  • heart and heart surgery
  • kidney
  • neonatology
  • neurology and neurosurgery
  • pulmonology
  • urology

Children’s ranked in the top 10 in four of the specialties: diabetes and endocrinology, 6th; gastroenterology, 6th; neonatology, 8th; and urology, 10th. From ambulatory care to highly specialized services — such as the neurosciences, transplantation, and cardiac care — our talented and committed pediatric experts care for more than 1,000,000 infants, children, and adolescents annually.

Designed With Kids in Mind 

Opened in 2009, the campus of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC was designed with input from physicians, nurses, and families to ensure patients receive care in a comfortable and efficient setting.

The hospital is a benchmark for quality care and is built on five principles:

  1. family-centered care
  2. patient safety and quality
  3. technological sophistication
  4. environmental sustainability
  5. quiet hospital environment

Recognized for Excellence 

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is consistently honored as a leader in the care of children across the country.

A few recent achievements include:

  • One of 12 pediatric hospitals in the United States named to the U.S. News & World Report 2012–13 Honor Roll of America’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.”  
  • Children’s Hospital earned prestigious Magnet® recognition, granted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to only 6 percent of hospitals nationwide.
  • Pediatric research programs at Children’s Hospital and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine ranked seventh in number of grants from the NIH for fiscal year 2011.
  • The first pediatric hospital in the country to achieve Stage 7 recognition – the highest level attainable -- from HIMSS Analytics for its electronic medical record.
  • Recognized by KLAS, an independent health care research organization, as the number one pediatric hospital in the nation in its use of health care information technology. 

Pediatric Research Moves Forward

Researchers at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC are part of one of the fastest growing research programs in the country, currently ranking among the top 10 pediatric research units in the country in terms of funded research programs.

Children’s is one of the leading sites in the United States for pediatric clinical research, currentlyengaged in more than 200 active protocols.

As major leaps in pediatric health care begin with small steps in the laboratory, Children’s has an exceptional team of dedicated researchers equipped with the most advanced tools, allowing them to investigate the origins of disease down to the molecular level.

At Children’s Hospital’s John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center, nearly 390 active protocols are being pursued by more than 125 principal investigators in 63 separate laboratories.

Significant current programs include:

  • developmental biology
  • gene and cellular therapy
  • infection and immunity research
  • inflammatory diseases
  • inherited metabolic disorders
  • novel strategies for treating pediatric cancer
  • stem cell biology/regenerative medicine