U.S. News & World Report Ranks 4 Arkansas Children’s Hospital Specialties Among its 2020-21 List of Best Children’s Hospitals


U.S. News and World Report Ranks ACH in 4 Specialties

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (June 16, 2020) – U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arkansas Children’s Hospital in four specialties in the new 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today.  

The state’s only pediatric health system is proud to have the following programs ranked among the national list: 

While the ranking is designated for Arkansas Children’s Hospital, providers in the ranked programs also care for patients at Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Arkansas Children’s Jonesboro Clinic.

“We are pleased that U.S. News & World Report recognizes the tremendous advancements happening for child health at Arkansas Children’s, and especially that our Urology service ranked for the first time,” said Marcy Doderer, FACHE, Arkansas Children’s President & CEO. “This is further evidence of our team’s unyielding commitment to fulfill a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health statewide, regardless of the obstacles we’ve faced together in the last three months. We hope families see this as another reason to make sure they are seeking the care their children need to ensure a happy childhood.”

The 14th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The 2020 edition of “Best Children’s Hospitals” is published online at and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2020 guidebook, which will be available later this summer. “Best Children’s Hospitals” pulls together clinical and operational data from an extensive survey, completed by 193 hospitals.



Arkansas Children's, Inc. is the only healthcare system in the state solely dedicated to caring for Arkansas' 710,000 children. The private, non-profit organization includes two pediatric hospitals, a pediatric research institute and USDA nutrition center, a philanthropic foundation, a nursery alliance, statewide clinics, and many education and outreach programs — all focused on fulfilling a promise to define and deliver unprecedented child health. Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH) is a 336-bed, Magnet-recognized facility in Little Rock operating the state’s only Level I pediatric trauma center; the state's only burn center; the state's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit; the state's only pediatric intensive care unit; the state’s only pediatric surgery program with Level 1 verification from the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the state’s only magnetoencephalography (MEG) system for neurosurgical planning and cutting-edge research; and the state's only nationally recognized pediatric transport program. Additionally, ACH is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four pediatric subspecialties (2020-2021): Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology. ACH is one of only five hospitals in the nation that have achieved Magnet Status, ACS Level 1 verification and a Beacon award from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACNW), the first and only pediatric hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region, opened in Springdale in early 2018. ACNW operates a 24-bed inpatient unit; a surgical unit with five operating rooms; outpatient clinics offering over 20 subspecialties; diagnostic services; imaging capabilities; occupational therapy services; and Northwest Arkansas' only pediatric emergency department, equipped with 30 exam rooms. Generous philanthropic and volunteer engagement has sustained Arkansas Children's since it began as an orphanage in 1912, and today ensures the system can fundamentally transform the health of children in Arkansas and beyond. To learn more, visit

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