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M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is Twin Cities’ top-ranked children’s hospital, according to U.S. News & World Report

For the 14th year in a row, our compassionate care and world-class expertise have been recognized in by U.S. News & World Report on its 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospital list. 
  • June 15, 2021
  • By Staff Writer

Compassionate care. Comprehensive medicine. Breakthrough innovation.

That is the commitment we make to the children and families under our care at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. For the 14th year in a row, that dedication and our world-class expertise have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

On Tuesday, U.S. News released its 2021-2022 Best Children’s Hospitals list. This year, our hospital was nationally ranked in three specialties: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal surgery, and Nephrology (kidney care). We placed second in the overall children’s hospital rankings for Minnesota, but were the highest ranked children's hospital in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

“This honor reflects our role as Minnesota’s only academic children’s hospital. We’re able to provide truly innovative care through our partnership with the University of Minnesota,” said Pediatric Gastroenterologist Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, MD, M Health Fairview Women’s and Children’s Service Line Co-Chief and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at University of Minnesota Medical School. “Through that partnership, our legacy of discovery and family-centered pediatric care stretches back 100 years.”

Nationally ranked care, available locally in Minneapolis

U.S. News & World Report introduced its “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings in 2007 to help the families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best-possible medical care. The rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric hospitals across the U.S. in 10 specialties, ranging from diabetes care to urology.

To produce the list, U.S. News reviews data from nearly 200 medical centers. They evaluate a range of factors, including patient safety, infection prevention, adequacy of nurse staffing, and an annual survey of over 11,000 pediatric specialists.

The specialties and our national rankings are as follows. View the entire 2021 report here.

Diabetes & Endocrinology (34)
Our diabetes and endocrinology team taps into leading-edge research to provide innovative treatments for diabetes, growth problems, thyroid disease, and more. Our clinical investigators study how endocrine disorders impact specific groups of people such as children who have cancer, fetal alcohol syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and other conditions.

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (49)
Our gastroenterology and GI surgery team provides holistic gastrointestinal care. We collaborate with other experts from across our health system – for example, with the Minnesota Cystic Fibrosis Center and our Liver Transplant team – and utilize our university partnership. We are also members of ImproveCareNow, a national quality improvement cooperative for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Nephrology* (Tied for 26)
Our nephrology team offers Minnesota’s only dedicated pediatric dialysis center, in addition to comprehensive care for all causes of kidney disease in children and teens. Our transplant center teams have performed the largest number of pediatric kidney transplants worldwide and have the highest reported infant kidney transplant success rate in the nation.

*In partnership with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Caring for patients’ physical and emotional needs

M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is equipped with more than 250 staffed hospital beds and offers a wide range of services spanning more than 50 pediatric specialties. This year, we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of our state-of-the-art, family-friendly facility, which opened in 2011. Our children’s hospital is also one of the region’s largest providers of child and adolescent mental health services, with access to academic experts who provide leading-edge mental health care.

In addition to the multidisciplinary expertise of our physicians and care providers, we surround our patients and families with care coordination and support from our Child-Family Life Services team, our clinical social work team, and many others. Together, we partner with families and guide them through each step of their unique care journey.

“I’m proud of our entire team, all of whom go above and beyond to bring joy and hope to patients,” said Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist Joseph Neglia, MD, MPH, Physician-In-Chief at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at University of Minnesota Medical School. “We couldn’t have received this recognition without all of our staff members’ unwavering commitment to providing the best care possible.”

Our children’s hospital is often a “home away from home” for our patients and families, many of whom travel long distances for care. In addition to nationally-ranked specialty care, we’ve created several family-friendly amenities to make patients’ stays as welcoming and comfortable as possible.

Below are a few of the unique amenities that we provide, with help from our strong community partnerships:

“We’re proud to serve both our local and global communities,” said Maternal-Fetal Medicine Physician Dan Landers, MD, FACOG, M Health Fairview Women’s and Children’s Service Line Co-Chief and Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. “In addition to innovative care, we aim to provide hope and comfort for our patients and their families.”