Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the country’s elite, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children's Hospitals rankings published online recently.

The rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties.

Holtz was ranked in seven specialties this year: 25th in neonatology, 26th in nephrology, 41st in diabetes and endocrinology, 42nd in urology, 43rd in both cardiology/heart surgery and gastroenterology, and 49th in cancer.

Also, U.S. News ranked the University of Miami Health System’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in ophthalmology and the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center’s ear, nose and throat program as part of its 2010-2011 “Best Hospitals” rankings. Both programs support Holtz in providing child health services.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings pull together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey completed by the hospitals. That survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability and many more pieces of critical information.

Data from the survey are combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists nationwide on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging medical problems.

“This important honor reminds all of us of the outstanding medical expertise and compassionate care that Holtz provides to children every day,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of the Jackson Health System.

Dr. Pascal J. Goldschmidt, senior vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Miller School, said the recognition “is a testament to the high quality of our physicians and nurses who devote their lives to helping sick children become healthy and lead productive lives.’’

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children's hospitals in the southeast United States. In 2010, Holtz had more pediatric specialists selected as Best Doctors in America than any other children’s hospital in South Florida.

The rankings may be seen online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and will also appear in the Best Hospitals print guide on newsstands on Aug. 30.