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Kids who come to Cincinnati Children’s receive some of the best care in the country, according to the latest ranking by U.S. News & World Report.
Cincinnati Children’s was ranked No. 3 in the Honor Roll of top pediatric hospitals in the magazine’s 2013 Best Children’s Hospitals report. We were nationally ranked in all 10 subspecialty categories.
Our cancer program was ranked No. 1 in the country. Our pulmonology and nephrology services were ranked No. 2, and six other specialty care areas were ranked among the top 10 programs. This was the fifth straight year we have been included in the U.S. News Honor Roll of top pediatric hospitals.
No. 1 in cancer
No. 3 in urology
No. 4 in neurology and neurosurgery
No. 2 in pulmonology
No. 5 in cardiology and heart surgery
No. 3 in gastroenterology
No. 6 in diabetes and endocrinology
No. 3 in orthopaedics
No. 14 in neonatology
The magazine requested information from 179 pediatric hospitals nationwide; 87 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. The quality of care accounted for 75 percent of each hospital’s score, including measures of survival rates, infection rates, physician expertise, nursing staff size, high-tech equipment and more. The remaining 25 percent was based on a survey of 1,500 pediatric specialists who were asked where they would send the sickest children in their field.
“I’m proud that we are again recognized as one of the top three children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” says Michael Fisher, president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s. “Our exceptional overall ranking and the stellar rankings of so many of our programs are the result of hard work and teamwork throughout the medical center.”
This is the third consecutive year that Cincinnati Children’s placed third among the Honor Roll hospitals in the U.S. News report. This year’s high rating reflects an institution-wide effort to further improve outcomes, expand expertise and eliminate patient harm. Key factors in our overall and subspecialty rankings include:
Our cancer program rose from No. 3 a year ago to the top spot this year. Reasons for the improvement include excellent outcomes in one of the nation’s largest bone marrow transplant programs, low infection rates and a culture of collaboration that encourages innovation among laboratory staff, nurses, scientists and doctors from several specialties.
“Our program stands out for serving children whose cancers have relapsed and taking on the highest-risk cases, which helps explain why more than 60 percent of our patients travel from other states and countries to receive care here,” says John Perentesis, MD, FAAP, director of oncology and cancer programs and co-director of our Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.
Our team includes more than 60 experienced faculty members who conduct more cancer research than nearly any other pediatric medical center. We are the only children’s hospital participating in all four of the nation’s leading cancer research groups. Through these efforts we are transforming care for children by developing and introducing better treatments for leukemia, brain tumors and other types of cancer.
“We share and collaborate to make science count for our patients,” Perentesis says. “We pour a lot of resources into changing approaches that aren’t working and we export what we learn.”
> Read more about our Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute.
Our cardiology and cardiac surgery services jumped from eighth in the nation a year ago to fifth in the nation this year. This was the first year that the cardiac program was rated among the top five programs in the country.
Our improved rating reflects several factors. We have experienced strong growth in patient volumes and we are treating more complex conditions while maintaining consistently high outcomes for children. We have developed one of the largest cardiomyopathy and heart failure programs in the country, which cares for patients through adulthood. We also have expanded use of life-extending cardiac-assist devices for children with heart failure.
We offer a unique cardiovascular genetics program, a growing adolescent and adult congenital heart disease program and other special programs for unique disorders.
We formed our Heart Institute four years ago to forge closer collaborations among cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and researchers. Since that time, we have grown from performing one heart transplant in 2009 to 13 in the past year. Our overall number of heart surgeries has doubled.
We’ve also launched 12 new clinical programs in the past four years that address the genetics of heart disease, learning and developmental issues related to heart problems, advanced care for children born with heart defects and more. We also have received more than $35 million in the past year in grants for heart research.
These are just some of the reasons why children from 42 states and 19 countries have placed their hearts in our hands.
“We’ve expanded from hiring specialists and acquiring the latest technology to training future leaders and helping develop the latest technology,” says Jeffrey Towbin, MD, co-director of our Heart Institute.
> Read more about our Heart Institute.
Our patients have benefited from successful efforts to prevent bed sores and reduce complications related to catheter use. We also reported significant progress in preventing the spread of antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” These and other system improvements helped boost our ratings in several categories of care, along with improvements in specific specialties.
In addition to cancer and heart care, our rankings improved in three other categories of care. Read more about our nephrology (kidney disease), orthopedics and urology programs.
Our rating in neonatology dropped to No. 14 this year. This occurred because we reported a higher number of bloodstream infections at the same time that a change in U.S. News ranking priorities placed a greater emphasis on this complication.
Bloodstream infections are rare, but infants in our NICU are especially susceptible to these infections because of the intensity and duration of IV treatments they require. All the infections that occurred last year were successfully treated.
“Regardless of how our ranking may be affected, we take these incidents seriously,” says James Greenberg, MD, co-director of the Perinatal Institute at Cincinnati Children’s. “We work constantly to improve our care and to mitigate any and all risks to our patients.”
> Read more about our ongoing commitment to safety.
U.S. News & World Report recognized our commitment to patient quality and safety by naming us to its 2013-14 Honor Roll, a distinction shared by only nine other hospitals.
> Visit the U.S. News website.
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