Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Nationally Ranked in Four Specialties In U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals
The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.
“This is our highest level of recognition to date. We believe it reflects our ongoing commitment to high quality, subspecialty care that makes a difference in the lives of children and their families,” said Carl Gumbiner, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs and Children’s chief medical officer. “We’re honored to be among this elite group of pediatric centers, and we’ll continue to challenge ourselves to further improve quality, processes and the delivery of care to the benefit of children from across the region.”
U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.
Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.
“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and are published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook.