Orlando Health Receives “Best Children’s Hospital” Designation in 5 Specialties

U.S. News & World Report Releases 2022-2023 Rankings

Orlando, FL (June 14, 2022) – 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.


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. Located in Orlando, Arnold Palmer Hospital 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 Arnold Palmer Hospital 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

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 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


U.S. News & World Report

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