N.C. Children's Hospital ranked as one of the nation’s best

Tue, May 17, 2011 — North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been ranked in six of 10 U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” ranking categories, including a Top 10 ranking in pulmonology — the only top 10 ranking achieved by any children’s hospital in North Carolina.

N.C. Children's Hospital ranked as one of the nation’s best click to enlarge N.C. Children’s Hospital ranked 10th in pulmonology, 37th in diabetes and endocrinology, 39th in gastroenterology, 42nd in orthopaedics, 43rd in cardiology and heart surgery, and 44th in neonatology.

CHAPEL HILL, NC — North Carolina Children’s Hospital at UNC Hospitals has been ranked in six of 10 U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” ranking categories, including a Top 10 ranking in pulmonology—the only top 10 ranking achieved by any children’s hospital in North Carolina.

N.C. Children’s Hospital ranked 10th in pulmonology, 37th in diabetes and endocrinology, 39th in gastroenterology, 42nd in orthopaedics, 43rd in cardiology and heart surgery, and 44th in neonatology. The complete rankings are now available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

“This marks the fourth consecutive year N.C. Children's Hospital attained the highest ranking of any children's hospital in the state,” said Alan Stiles, MD, the Children's Hospital's chief physician and chair of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. “We have two repeat rankings — pulmonology, in the top 10, has been ranked the past four years, and our diabetes and endocrinology made its debut in the rankings last year—but to have four additional clinical areas receive a nod as among the nation’s best, we feel that’s a direct reflection of our caregivers’ tireless commitment to our three-tiered mission of patient care, research and education.”

The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Seventy-six hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.

“We salute North Carolina Children’s Hospital,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children's Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and North Carolina Children’s Hospital is one of those centers.”

Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

For the full rankings and methodology, visit www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

Media contact: Danielle Bates, (919) 843-9714, dbates@med.unc.edu

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