The Mayo Clinic Children's Center has again been ranked as one of the top facilities in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The Rochester-based facility was one of three Minnesota centers recognized in the 2016-17 ranking of Best Children's Hospitals. The other two were the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, which are both located in Minneapolis.

U.S. News & World Report named Boston Children's Hospital as the best children's hospital in the nation, thanks largely to being ranked in the top 5 percent in all 10 specialties. The list was compiled after examining 178 campuses around the country.

The 10th year of ranking children's hospitals is generally regarded as a precursor to the more widely recognized list of best hospitals, which is typically announced in late July or early August. Mayo Clinic was the top-rated hospital in 2014, but dropped to No. 2 last year.

The Mayo Clinic Children's Center was recognized as one of the top facilities in the Midwest thanks to its high performance in numerous specialties, where it finished among the top 50 in eight of the 10 specialties. However, it was not included in U.S. News & World Report's top 10 list of children's hospitals.

"We are honored to be recognized for the quality care provided to the children and families at the Children's Center," says Dr. Randall Flick, medical director of the Mayo Clinic Children's Center. "This success is a reflection of our staff members, who strive to put the needs of the patients first every day, as well as the application of cutting-edge interventions, such as the use of proton beam therapy for childhood cancer and stem cell treatment for children with heart disease."

It finished No. 18 in diabetes and endocrinology, No. 27 in cardiology and heart surgery and No. 31 in cancer, while also being ranked among the top 50 in orthopedics, pulmonology, urology, and gastroenterology and G.I. surgery.

According to Dr. Flick, the U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospital ranking is an important measure, but not the only measure of Mayo Clinic's performance.

"Ranking in the U.S. News & World Report's survey demonstrates the broad-based excellence and the effectiveness of the team-based approach that is the hallmark of Mayo Clinic care."

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