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Top billing from U.S. News & World Report

James Downing poses with St. Jude patients in front of the U.S. News and World Report Best Children’s Hospital sign.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked St. Jude as the nation’s No. 1 pediatric cancer hospital in its “Best Children’s Hospitals” list. St. Jude President and Chief Executive Officer James R. Downing, MD, joined patients Sophia Kaplanis (center) and Tashayla Clayton in celebrating the ranking.

St. Jude is the only National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children, having received the NCI’s highest ranking of “exceptional.” The hospital has top survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia and medulloblastoma. St. Jude creates more cancer clinical trials than any other children’s hospital in the U.S., and unlike most hospitals, no family receives a bill from St. Jude for anything, including treatment, travel, housing or food.

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