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

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2023-2024 Rankings

Orlando, FL (June 21, 2023) – Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies have been recognized as Best Children’s Hospitals for 2023-2024 by U.S. News & World Report. Now in its 17th year, the rankings assist parents of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses and their doctors in choosing the right hospital for them.

Tied for the #3 spot in Florida and #12 in the southeast region, Orlando Health was awarded with designations in four specialties:

  • #34 (tie) Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • #45 (tie) Pediatric Orthopedics
  • #49 (tie) Neonatology
  • #50 Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery

“We are thrilled to be named a Best Children’s Hospital for the 14th consecutive year,” said Cary D’Ortona, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer. “It’s an honor to be consistently recognized for our team’s dedication to providing a healthier and better future for the children we serve.”

U.S. News, together with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 119 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. Children’s hospitals awarded a “Best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care and expert opinion among pediatric specialists.

Suzanne Worthington, president of Orlando Health Winnie Palmer added: “In our NICU, we care for some of the tiniest and most critical babies in the world, many of whom require the absolute highest level of care to survive. We are honored to have our neonatology team recognized by U.S. News for the life-saving work they do every day.”


About Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

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.


About Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies

Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and 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 13,000 babies are expected to be born at Orlando Health Winnie Palmer, 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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