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Indiana Home to One of Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

| Indianapolis—From a premature baby with trouble breathing to a teenager with aortic valve disease and everything in between, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is receiving top honors for its pediatric care. U.S. News Media Group has again named Riley at IU Health one of the best children’s hospitals in the country.

The distinction is based on Riley at IU Health ranking in 10 out of 10 categories in the 2011-12 Best Children’s Hospitals. The rankings are available online and will be featured in the Best Hospitals print edition of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands Aug. 30.

“We’re proud of our Riley family and the tireless dedication our physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers have for the health and well-being of children across the state of Indiana and beyond,” said Dan Fink, president and chief executive officer, Riley at IU Health. “Parents don’t have to worry about where they can get the best possible care for their child - we’re here and we’re close to home.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are the most extensive listing of its kind and recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

Riley at IU Health ranked nationally in all the specialties:

  • Urology – 3rd
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – 12th
  • Pulmonology – 12th
  • Nephrology – 23rd
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery – 25th
  • Gastroenterology – 27th
  • Cancer – 28th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – 28th
  • Orthopedics – 29th
  • Neonatology – 30th

“To be continuously named one of the best children’s hospitals and to be the only one ranked in Indiana not only affirms our expertise and skill, but also illustrates the high quality care and service we strive to give Hoosier children and their families every day,” said Daniel F. Evans, Jr., president and CEO, Indiana University Health. “We will continue to offer the most innovative treatments and the latest technology available for our patients and our communities.”

Now in its fifth year, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings pull together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions covering topics such as survival rates, nurse staffing and subspecialist availability. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

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About Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health For more than 85 years, Riley at IU Health has been one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals. Each year, Riley at IU Health provides compassionate care, support and comfort to 215,000 inpatients and outpatients from across Indiana, the nation and the world. Part of Indiana University Health, our unique partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine gives our highly skilled physicians access to innovative treatments using the latest research and technology. Discover the strength at

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