1. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: It treats extremely sick babies; in 2005 alone, 518 babies were transferred from other hospitals that have a high-level neonatal intensive care units (NICUs). What's more, its survival rates are phenomenal, with more than 90% of infants being discharged.
2. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta: In 2005, this hospital's survival rate for infants who needed to be placed on a heart lung bypass machine was 88% -- above the national average of 76%.
3. Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital: In addition to high survival rates, an innovative pilot program to support the mental health and well-being of parents whose infants are in the NICU. The medical team includes a counselor, who is available to meet privately with a parent or with the infant's parents and doctors.
4. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center: This hospital is one of a handful of pediatric facilities to perform a specialized procedure to deliver babies with breathing problems. Doctors partially deliver the baby allowing the umbilical cord to remain attached, while a surgeon repairs the airway so the infant, can breathe independently.
5. Columbus Children's Hospital: Its neonatal center, the largest in the nation, is conducting innovative research to help understand and prevent feeding problems in preemies.
Runners-Up: 6. St. Louis Children's Hospital; 7. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston; 8. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto, CA; 9. Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis; and 10. The Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville