Nationwide Children’s Hospital has again been ranked in all 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
This is the eighth consecutive year Nationwide Children’s has been ranked in all 10 specialties, including four specialties ranked in the top 10. In addition, nine out of ten specialties were ranked in the top 15. Nationwide Children’s rankings include:
#5 in Neonatology
#10 in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
#10 in Nephrology
#10 in Pulmonology
#12 in Orthopedics
#12 in Urology
#13 in Cancer
#14 in Neurology & Neurosurgery
#22 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties. Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties. 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 offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.
“While rankings are certainly not the reason for our work, they are an external validation of our staff’s commitment to delivering outstanding care and quality,” said Steve Allen, MD, Nationwide Children’s CEO. “These results are another way that we demonstrate our belief that everything matters.”
For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure
volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.
This year, U.S. News surveyed 110 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists—150 in each specialty—were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.