Nationwide Childrens Hospital ranked in all seven pediatric specialties surveyed in the new, expanded U.S.News and World Reports listing of Americas Best Childrens Hospitals published online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics and in the magazines June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2.
Last year the pediatric rankings listed the top 30 pediatric centers. This years survey uses an all new methodology focusing on specialties rather than an overall ranking. Of the 143 childrens hospitals invited to participate, 113 responded. The 2008 Americas Best Childrens Hospitals now includes the 30-top-ranked hospitals in each of the following specialties: cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders and general pediatrics.
Nationwide Childrens ranked among the best in all categories including ninth in digestive disorders and heart and heart surgery, 15th in general pediatrics, 22nd in cancer, and 24th in neonatal care, respiratory disorders and neurology and neurosurgery. Steve Allen, MD, chief executive officer for Nationwide Children's Hospital, said this latest national recognition highlighting the hospitals expertise in subspecialties illustrates its comprehensive ability to care for all patients.
Making this list of best childrens hospitals validates our strategic plan and focused mission to transform healthcare for our children, said Allen. The commitment of our dedicated physicians and staff to provide the best in family-centered care is at the heart of Nationwide Childrens Hospital and this recognition.
Very sick kids need very special care, said Senior Writer Avery Comarow, who has been editor of the Americas Best Hospitals and Americas Best Childrens Hospitals annual rankings since their inception. The best places for them are pediatric facilities with a deep pool of expertise in their particular illness. Breaking out key specialties is crucial to help parents and other caregivers find these facilities.
About Nationwide Childrens Hospital
Ranked in U.S.News & World Reports 2008 list of "Americas Best Childrens Hospitals, Nationwide Childrens Hospital is one of the nations largest pediatric healthcare networks providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children, adolescents and adult patients with congenital disease. A medical staff of nearly 900 and a hospital staff of 6,000 provide state-of-the-art pediatric care for more than 700,000 patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Childrens Hospital physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital is one of the top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded free-standing pediatric research facilities. In honor of a $50 million transformational philanthropic gift from Nationwide Foundation, Columbus Childrens Hospital became Nationwide Childrens Hospital September 24, 2007. This renaming reflects the hospitals national stature while staying true to the original mission since its founding in 1892 of providing care regardless of any familys ability to pay. More information is available by calling (614) 722-KIDS (5437) or through www.NationwideChildrens.org.
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*Full rankings for Americas Best Childrens Hospitals can be found online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics