US News names 10 children's hospitals to its Honor Roll: 6 things to know

For the fourth year in a row and the six year overall, Boston Children's Hospital earned the top spot on U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll this year.

The publication released its 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals rankings Tuesday.

Here are six things to know about the 11th year of U.S. News' Best Children's Hospitals rankings.

1. U.S. News updated its Best Children's Hospitals metrics this year. As part of the update, to make this year's Honor Roll, hospitals received points based on their rankings in 10 specialties. The 10 hospitals with the most points received a coveted spot on the Honor Roll.

2. This year, Boston Children's Hospital was ranked No. 1 in five of the 10 ranked specialties (orthopedics, gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, urology, and neurology and neurosurgery) and earned the No. 1 spot on the Honor Roll.

3. Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore made an appearance on the Honor Roll this year for the first time since 2014, while Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif., and Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora both fell off the Honor Roll.

4. For the 2017-18 rankings, 113 hospitals — seven more than last year — were evaluated, and 82 were ranked nationally in one or more specialty.

5. The 10 hospitals on the 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll are:

1. Boston Children's Hospital

2. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

3. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

4. Texas Children's Hospital (Houston)

5. Johns Hopkins Children's Center (Baltimore)

6. Children's Hospital Los Angeles

7. Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

7. Nationwide Children's Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)

9. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC

10. Children's National Medical Center (Washington, D.C.)

6. Other hospitals that earned No. 1 positions for the other five ranked specialties are:

Cancer: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Cardiology and heart surgery: Texas Children's Hospital

Diabetes and endocrinology: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Neonatology: Children's National Medical Center

Pulmonology: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

To see the 2016-17 Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll listing from U.S. News, click here.

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