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At Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, our vision is to be the leader in improving child health. We are dedicated to transforming the way healthcare is delivered and to implementing quality improvements to advance patient safety, outcomes and experiences.
We are honored and proud when we receive national recognition; it strengthens our commitment to improving child health worldwide. Even though the awards are acknowledgement of what we’ve accomplished, we know we have a long way to go. It’s a journey, and we are committed to continuing to make the changes required to provide the best and safest care for the children we serve.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Cincinnati Children’s No. 3 in the nation in the magazine's 2012-2013 list of the best children's hospitals. Cincinnati Children’s was also rated in the top 10 in all pediatric specialties.
No. 1 in neonatology
No. 2 in pulmonology
No. 3 in cancer
No. 3 in gastroenterology
No. 3 in nephrology
No. 4 in neurology and neurosurgery
No. 4 in orthopaedics
No. 4 in urology
No. 5 in diabetes and endocrinology
No. 8 in cardiology and heart surgery
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the third best children’s hospital in the United States, according to Parents magazine’s 10 Best Children’s Hospitals survey. Cincinnati Children’s also ranked among the top three hospitals for all of the six areas of pediatric subspecialty care surveyed.
The subspecialties and Cincinnati Children’s rank are:
The hospitals were ranked by Parents editors, with input from medical advisers, based on responses to detailed questions in these areas:
All surveyed hospitals are members of the Children’s Hospital Association.
The 10 Best Children’s Hospitals list appears in the March 2013 issue of Parents.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine as the third best pediatric program at a medical school in the United States, behind only the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University. The UC Department of Pediatrics is comprised entirely of faculty members from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
The third-place ranking, based on a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty, is in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News & World Report guide to America’s best graduate schools.
The Heart Institute at Cincinnati Children’s has been named the first accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute in the United States.
The Healthcare Accreditation Colloquium's designation recognized the Heart Institute for seeking “pre-eminence in heart care.”
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has named Cincinnati Children's a 2012 best healthcare facility for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients and families. Cincinnati Children’s is the only free-standing pediatric hospital to be honored with the recognition and is the only hospital in the Tristate to be named as such. The Healthcare Equality Index measures how healthcare facilities in the United States treat their LGBT patients, employees and families. Measures include policies addressing patient and employment nondiscrimination, patient and family visitation and training in LGBT patient-centered care.
James Page, assistant vice president, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, said Cincinnati Children’s is committed to treating every family that visits the hospital with respect and dignity. He said this commitment also applies to every hospital employee.
A decade-long performance improvement project at Cincinnati Children’s has resulted in a 43 percent decrease in mortality rates in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and a 34 percent decrease in hospital-wide mortality.
The decrease in mortality rates also has earned the 2012 RACE for Results performance improvement award from the national Children’s Hospital Association.
The RACE for Results award is given for exceptional clinical and business improvements in children’s hospitals. The Cincinnati Children’s project, “The Journey to High Reliability: Quality Transformation Leads to Improved Patient Outcomes,” was selected from more than 40 entries. A panel of hospital peers and international health care experts selected Cincinnati Children’s for impact and ability to replicate practices, so that peer hospitals can achieve the same results.
Cincinnati Children’s achieved success through aggressive efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections, implement electronic health records, improved recognition of patient deterioration, prevent codes (emergency resuscitations) outside the PICU and mandate staff training throughout the hospital.
“The PICU is at the center of our hospital system and interacts with almost every other clinical service in the hospital,” says Derek Wheeler, MD, director of the PICU and associate patient safety officer at Cincinnati Children’s. “In addition, the vast majority of deaths in our hospital occur in the PICU. The PICU is our ‘canary in the coal mine.’ Improving processes of care in the hospital at large had a significant impact on the mortality rate in the PICU and throughout the hospital.”
As part of an overall initiative dating back many years to eliminate all serious harm at the hospital, Cincinnati Children’s embarked on a journey to become a high reliability organization. This is defined as an organization that avoids catastrophes despite existing in an unforgiving, highly complex environment where accidents occur. Examples of high reliability organizations include commercial and military aviation, the nuclear power industry and wilderness firefighting. Cincinnati Children’s adapted the lessons these industries learned to improve the safety and quality of care in the PICU and throughout the hospital.
In fiscal year 2001, the mortality rate in the PICU was 4.6 percent. Through multiple hospital-wide initiatives, the mortality rate dropped to 2.6 percent at the end of fiscal year 2011. During the same period, the hospital-wide standardized mortality ratio (actual mortality rate divided by the expected mortality) declined from 1.03 to .68.
The Joint Commission, which accredits and certifies more than 15,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States, named Cincinnati Children’s a 2008 recipient of the Ernest Amory Codman Award. The award recognizes excellence in the use of outcomes measurement by healthcare organizations to achieve improvements in the quality and safety of healthcare.
Cincinnati Children’s was recognized for an initiative to eliminate preventable surgical site infections.
Cincinnati Children’s received the 2006 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize. This prestigious award is presented to an organization that demonstrates commitment to achieving the Institute of Medicine’s six quality aims − safety, patient-centeredness, effectiveness, efficiency, timeliness and equity. The winner is chosen by a multidisciplinary committee of healthcare and patient safety experts.
Cincinnati Children’s is the first pediatric hospital to win the McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.
J.D. Power and Associates recognized the Billing Customer Service Call Center at Cincinnati Children’s as a certified call center of excellence in 2006 for providing “An Outstanding Customer Service Experience.”
Following a site visit that consisted of interviews with management, staff and a parent representative, approximately 400 callers were surveyed for satisfaction. Results of that survey showed Cincinnati Children’s overall satisfaction index score was 862 out of 1,000, well exceeding the score of 730 required for certification.
The Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging at Cincinnati Children’s was chosen among the industry top 10 by Medical Imaging magazine in its January 2006 issue.
The department was voted fifth best radiology department within a hospital based on equipment offerings, patient care and outcomes, clinical research and staff. It was the only pediatric radiology department voted into the top 10.
Cincinnati Children’s, as a member of the Greater Cincinnati Patient Safety ICU Collaborative, received the 2005 Joint Commission’s Ernest Amory Codman Award. The Codman Award showcases the effective use of performance measurement by healthcare organizations to improve the quality and safety of healthcare.
Cincinnati Children’s was one of 10 hospitals working together throughout the Greater Cincinnati Health Council to implement evidence-based practices to reduce central line and surgical site infections.
According to the Joint Commission, the collaborative successfully created a “community of practice” that resulted in increased innovation, sharing of successful strategies, reduced rework and decreased learning curves.
Cincinnati Children’s received the 2008 Picker Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care. The award is given by the Picker Institute, an international nonprofit organization that has pioneered the creation of scientifically valid nationwide surveys and databanks on patient-centered care to educate doctors and hospital staff in how to improve service for their patients.
The Picker Awards for Excellence were established in 2003 to recognize individuals and organizations who have committed themselves to improving the patient experience, whether in a hospital or doctor’s office.
Cincinnati Children’s was inducted in to the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work Hall of Fame” in November 2008 after several inclusions on the annual list.
A national magazine, Modern Healthcare, ranked Cincinnati Children’s the 35th best place to work in healthcare. The top 100 organizations are listed in the publication’s Oct. 27, 2008, issue.
The honor “recognizes workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible care and services,” according to the magazine.
U.S. News & World Report recognized our commitment to patient quality and safety by naming us to its 2012-13 Honor Roll, a distinction shared by only 12 children’s hospitals across the nation.
> Visit the U.S. News website for more information about its rankings.
> Read the Cincinnati Children’s press release.
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