Orlando Health Receives “Best Children’s Hospital” Designation in Five Specialties

Jun 14, 2022 at 10:21 am by pj

Orlando  – Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies have been recognized as Best Children’s Hospitals for 2022-2023 by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice.

Tied for the #1 spot in Florida and #8 in the southeast region, the hospital system was awarded with designations in five specialties.


  • #28 Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • #34 Neonatology
  • #35 Pediatric Orthopedics
  • #41 Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • #49 Pediatric Urology

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in its 16th year, are designed to assist families and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions.

“We are thrilled to be ranked as a Best Children’s Hospital for the 13th year in a row,” said Cary D’Ortona, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. “Not only are we committed to providing the highest level of care to the children in our community, but we also have the important role of caring for many families who experience an illness or injury while visiting Central Florida each year.” 

For 2022-23, U. S. News ranked the top 50 centers in each of these 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery and urology.

“In our neonatal intensive care unit, we care for some of the tiniest and most critical babies in the world,” said Kelly Nierstedt, president of Orlando Health Winnie Palmer. “We are honored that U.S. News & World Report has again recognized our unmatched team for the life-saving work that they do.”

The Best Children's Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as health equity and available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. To calculate the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News gathered relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2022 and from pediatric physicians and other healthcare organizations as well as available clinical resources, compliance with best practices, and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among patients and staff in 2022.


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