Children's Health

U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for Third Consecutive Year

Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has been ranked in three specialties in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. This is the third consecutive year for Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to be recognized in this ranking.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital ranked among the best in cancer, nephrology and urology.

“Being recognized among the best hospitals for a third time is a direct reflection of the commitment to excellence shared by everyone in our programs,” said Bob Connors, MD, president, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. “This distinction is an honor and signifies the high quality care and excellent patient experiences that our physicians and staff provide individuals and families.”

U.S. News lists the top 50 hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

For the 2014-15 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 183 pediatric centers to obtain clinical data in 10 specialties and asked 150 pediatric specialists in each specialty where they would send the sickest children. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

Introduced by U.S. News in 2007, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings provide a tool for families as they search out the best medical care for sick children.

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is a 236-bed regional referral center and teaching hospital. It offers advanced pediatric specialty care with more than 200 pediatric physicians who practice in more than 50 pediatric specialties and programs. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is Michigan’s largest neonatal center. More information is available at

Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system, based in West Michigan, offering a full continuum of care through the Spectrum Health Hospital Group, which is comprised of 11 hospitals including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital; 170 ambulatory and service sites; 1,080 employed physicians and advanced practice providers including members of the Spectrum Health Medical Group; and Priority Health, a 575,000-member health plan. Spectrum Health is West Michigan’s largest employer with 21,300 employees. The organization provided $250 million in community benefit during its 2013 fiscal year.