BOSTON, MA - APRIL 17: Kira Wright of Runner's World spends time with Francis at Boston Children's Hospital on April 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images for BCH)
The latest 2019-2020 rankings put Boston Children's atop the list for the sixth time, with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in second place. Cincinnati Children's and Texas Children's are tied for third, and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles rounds out the top 5.
U.S. News and World Report measures three key metrics when building their rankings, "clinical outcomes, such as maximizing cancer survival, minimizing complications from kidney biopsies and preventing infections in the neonatal intensive care unit; efficient coordination of care as demonstrated, for example, by complying with accepted hand-washing protocols and other 'best practices'; and providing sufficient care-related resources such as nursing staff and outpatient programs tailored to particular conditions."
In addition to the clinical analysis, a survey sent to pediatric specialists around the country was weighed in the rankings.
You can see a full description of the methodology used here.