U.S. News & World Report recently ranked St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis the top pediatric cancer hospital in the country, with St. Jude earning a perfect score and topping more than 5,000 medical centers throughout the country.
"We are honored to know that U.S. News & World Report recognizes our commitment to integrating unsurpassed clinical care and innovative research to find cures and save children with cancer," St. Jude President and CEO James Downing said in a release. "This recognition is an outstanding external acknowledgment for our institution, but more importantly for the dedicated St. Jude faculty and staff who devote their time, talent and energy to the patients we care for every day."
St. Jude and the other institutions included in the rankings were evaluated based on several areas including clinical outcomes, patient volume and infection control. St. Jude received top marks on a wide range of criteria, including its five-year cancer survival rates, number of patients and number of new patients, as well as its staffing in terms of nurses, physicians and specialists.
"Recognition as the No. 1 hospital for children with cancer is a testament especially to our clinical staff, who won't stop their lifesaving research and care until no child dies from cancer," St. Jude Clinical Director, Physician-in-Chief and Executive Vice President Ellis Neufeld said in the release. "As we work to set the standard for pediatric cancer care, recognition such as this reaffirms that our focus and efforts are in the right place. St. Jude is truly unique."