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Vermont Children’s Hospital Selected for U.S. News & World Report’s

“Best Children’s Hospitals” List for 2012-2013


U.S. News & World Report has cited two pediatric specialties at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care) as being among the best in the nation. The magazine’s health care experts have determined that both pulmonology and gastroenterology care ranks at or near the top 25% of pediatric centers nationwide, qualifying UVM Children’s Hospital for the magazine’s Best Children’s Hospitals list. It is the only children’s hospital identified in northern New England and northern New York State on the list.

“We’re delighted to receive this important recognition from U.S. News & World Report,” said Lewis First, M.D., chief of Pediatrics at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital.” I congratulate all of our expert providers and staff in Pulmonology and Gastroenterology, along with our entire team at The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital, who dedicate themselves to ensuring their patients receive the best quality of care possible.”

“This ranking comes on the heels of several national acknowledgements of the high quality of care provided at The University of Vermont Medical Center, including placement on the U.S. News Best Regional Hospitals list earlier this year,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer. “We’re very proud that parents in our region can be confident their children are receiving care as good as can be found anywhere in the country.”

“Our goal at U.S. News is to identify the pediatric centers which excel at helping the sickest children,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow.” The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital deserves high praise for having the reservoir of expertise reflected in this recognition.”

U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers and 1,500 pediatric specialists to make its determinations. In addition to rankings, the “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey provides quality-related information including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, availability of key resources, and ability to prevent complications and infections, among other factors. The full rankings and methodology are available at

View a short video of Dr. First commenting on this development..