MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Thursday was a day of celebration at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, after it was named the number one children's cancer hospital in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
"A lot of times we read a whole lot more about being number one in basketball than we do being number one in cancer treatment, but we need to celebrate all these and that's what St. Jude is about," hospital CEO Dr. William Evans said.
Catherine Williams said she was grateful for the care her 17-month-old son Les Paul has received.
"Les was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in January," she said. "We came here on his first birthday. He's had a rough start, but he's doing amazing."
St. Jude received the best overall score for quality care. The hospital is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, and serves as an international resource to physicians and researchers.
"The doctors and staff here are great," Williams said. "They helped my son fight a winning battle. He overcame H1N1, and his cancer is doing great."
This year's rankings were based on how well the hospital did in areas like its reputation, and medical outcomes such as cancer survival.
"We make the decisions," Evans said. "What's best for that child? What's the best way to treat that disease? And we're fortunate that that's our mission."
U.S. News and World Report ranked Children's Hospital of Philadelphia second, while Chidren's Hospital Boston came in third.