Orlando Health Receives “Best Children’s Hospital” Designation in 4 Specialties

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2020-2021 Rankings

Orlando, FL (June 16, 2020) – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in hospital rankings and consumer advice, has ranked Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies in its 2020-2021 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today. The hospital was awarded with designations in four specialties.

  • #48 Neonatology
  • #40 Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • #29 Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • #49 Pediatric Urology

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

“We are honored to be ranked as a Best Children’s Hospital for the 11th year in a row,” said Cary D’Ortona, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. “Our priority has always been to provide the highest level of care for our patients and we’re thankful that U.S. News continues to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our pediatric teams.”

The 14th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

“We have the privilege of caring for more than 1,600 premature babies every year in our neonatal intensive care unit,” said Kelly Nierstedt, president of Orlando Health Winnie Palmer. “We are so delighted that U.S. News & World Report has recognized our top-notch team for the life-saving work that they do in neonatology.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.


Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a 156-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. Orlando Health Arnold Palmer provides expertise in pediatric specialties such as cardiac care, craniomaxillofacial surgery, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, orthopedics, pulmonology and sports medicine. The Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer is part of the only Level One Trauma Center in the area and is the first facility in Central Florida to provide emergency care exclusively for pediatric patients. Visit to learn more about all of our specialties.


Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is a 350-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of women and babies. The hospital includes comprehensive fetal diagnostics and labor and delivery services, a regional center for neonatal intensive care, maternal intensive care and women’s services. Annually, more than 14,000 babies are expected to be born at Winnie Palmer Hospital, making it the busiest labor and delivery unit in the state of Florida. The hospital is also home to the state’s only in-utero surgery program to repair Spina bifida defects. To learn more, visit


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