Riley at IU Health is recognized as one of the nation's top 50 children's hospitals.

We are frequently honored for excellence in pediatric care.

Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is widely recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country. We are proud of the top-quality care that we provide and of the rankings and awards that it brings. The skilled healthcare professionals, innovative clinical trials and advanced equipment and techniques at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health all serve one purpose: to improve the health of children.

Nationally-ranked in 10 specialties by U.S.News & World Report

Riley Hospital at IU Health is honored to be ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S.News & World Report. In 2015-16, we have been ranked in 10 pediatric specialties, and  remain the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Indiana.

In addition, we rank among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country and five specialty programs are ranked in the top 25. The following specialties at Riley at IU Health are recognized in the 2015-16 edition of U.S.News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals:

U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Cancer 2015-2016

Our team treats more than 80 percent of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer in Indiana. We are affiliated with the IU Simon Cancer Center, the state's only NCI designated Cancer Center for clinical care. Riley has Indiana's only pediatric stem cell transplant program and is a Children's Oncology Group Phase I Consortium member. Our patients are able to access the latest clinical trials and cutting edge medications all while under the care of highly skilled physicians and staff.

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Cardiology & Heart Surgery
U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Cardiology & Heart Surgery 2015-2016

Riley is one of the highest volume pediatric cardiovascular centers in the country, and research shows higher volumes translate to better outcomes. Riley's overall survival rate for cardiovascular surgery is significantly better than the national average. The Riley team is the only group performing pediatric heart transplantation in Indiana and the pediatric cardiac critical care team is the only of its kind in Indiana. The Riley Heart Center offers the full scope of heart-related services and treatment options.

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Diabetes & Endocrinology
U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Diabetes & Endocrinology 2015-2016

Our diabetes team provides medical care for approximately 2,000 children with diabetes in Indiana. The team consists of doctors, nurses, dietitians and a social worker — all of whom have special expertise in taking care of children with diabetes. The team provides both inpatient and outpatient care and works to create an individualized care plan for each patient. Riley endocrinologists also provide comprehensive care and consultative services for children with endocrine conditions throughout the state.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Gastroenterology 2015-2016

Ten board certified physicians lead the gastroenterology team at Riley. The team performs more than 2,000 endoscopic procedures a year and works to provide comprehensive care for children with intestinal, liver or nutritional problems. Gastroenterology issues, whether acute or chronic, affect the quality of a patient's life. We help patients manage both common and rare gastrointestinal conditions and offer clinics specializing in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, liver disease, allergic esophagitis, short bowel, cystic fibrosis, obesity and GI motility disorders.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Gastroenterology 2015-2016

The Riley Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is the only comprehensive NICU in the state and offers care by the most experienced physicians. The NICU at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is a Level 4, the highest level of care designation for a NICU. In addition to excellent family-focused service, the Riley team concentrates on research and quality improvement. We are top 10 in research funding among all pediatric hospitals and have many family-centered support services for families.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Nephrology 2015-2016

We provide the state's only comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for children with kidney disease or kidney failure. Our team includes pediatric nephrologists, urologists and dialysis nurses. Riley is a leader in kidney transplantation and has worked to perfect a new hemodialysis technology — continuous veno-venous hemofiltration (CVVH).

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Neurology & Neurosurgery
U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Neurology & Neurosurgery 2015-2016

The Riley neurology and neurosurgery teams provide comprehensive and seamless care for families. Our teams see patients from throughout the Midwest and routinely treat the most complicated issues. Committed to treating any neurological need a patient may have, the teams have developed a number of specialty clinics, including headache and other chronic needs as well as the only comprehensive pediatric surgical epilepsy program in Indiana.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Orthopedics 2013-2014

Patients of the Riley orthopedics program are given access to pediatric orthopedists and orthopedic surgeons who understand growth and the uniqueness of a child's musculoskeletal system. We work side-by-side with other true experts in pediatric orthopedics, including pediatric cast nurses, physical therapists and wound care nurses.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Pulmonology 2015-2016

The pulmonology team at Riley Hospital treats patients from throughout the Midwest and has a major focus on research into lung development and prevention of lung injury in cystic fibrosis and asthma. Our pulmonologists treat patients with breathing disorders of all kinds, including: asthma, chronic lung diseases and acute breathing problems. Another focus is our sleep disorders center and our state-of-the-art, nationally accredited sleep laboratory. We also provide specialized lung function testing for infants and children in the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital, Urology 2015-2016

Six board-certified pediatric urologists lead our urology team at Riley. The team's initial focus is providing a diagnosis and treatment plan. If surgery is required, these physicians are highly skilled and experienced microsurgeons. The team is also nationally and internationally recognized for their commitment to the field.

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Our nursing excellence puts us in elite company.

Riley at IU Health was recently reawarded Magnet status, a national designation recognizing excellence in nursing services and clinical care. The recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center is a seal of approval for quality nursing care. It means you can be assured that at Riley at IU Health, the nurses who care for your child love their work and know how to perform to the highest standards.

Fewer than 7 percent of U.S. hospitals achieve Magnet status. We’ve held the designation since 2006. Being a Magnet hospital means adhering to a rigorous set of nursing standards and committing to continual improvement. Hospitals that achieve this honor consistently show better patient outcomes.

To be considered for the honor, hospitals must excel in 14 areas known as the Forces of Magnetism. Among them are:

  • Quality of nursing leadership.
  • Management style.
  • Quality of care.
  • Quality improvement.

Our patients and their families are cared for by talented and dedicated nurses who are committed to upholding our high standards of care. We commit to hiring top-quality nurses and supporting them as they develop their careers.

The best physicians in Indiana are at Riley at IU Health.

Your child will always be in good hands when seeing a physician at Riley at IU Health. More than 80 percent of Indiana’s top doctors practice at IU Health, according to Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. Castle Connolly has committed itself to the identification of top primary care and specialist physicians across the country for more than two decades. It bases its selections on peer nominations and the research of its physician-led staff.