NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been rated 34th among the top 50 in newborn care in the new 2019-20 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online by U.S. News & World Report today.

Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital is the only New Jersey-based hospital to be recognized in the top 50 in neonatology.

The 13th 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.

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“We are truly honored to be among the best healthcare facilities nationwide for neonatology,” said Bipin Patel, chairman of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief at The Children's Hospital at Saint Peter's University Hospital. “While no parent wants to think about having a child in the neonatal intensive care unit, we are often the destination for such specialty cases in the region. Our Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides advanced technologies and treatment programs that translate to the best possible outcomes, but it is our team of specially-trained physicians, nurses and support staff that truly make the difference in patient satisfaction.”

“We are so proud of the work we do here at Saint Peter's," said Mark Hiatt, director of Saint Peter’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and chief of the Division of Neonatal Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital. “As a level three unit, we take care of babies with any kind of medical or surgical problem. Not only do we have the most sophisticated and modern technology, we have expert staff that provides the extraordinary and compassionate care for which we are renown.”

“The Best Children's Hospitals rankings were designed to help provide families seeking the best medical care for their sick child with access to the most comprehensive data available,” said Ben Harder, Managing Editor and Chief of Health Analysis at U.S. News. “The rankings, coupled with guidance from pediatricians, help families make better-informed decisions about where to find high-quality, compassionate care for their children when they need it most.”

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 are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

This year’s rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook, available in stores mid-September.