January 12, 2007

Children’s Hospital once again named among best in nation

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Children’s Hospital once again named among best in nation

For the second consecutive time, Child magazine has named the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt as one of the top children's hospitals in the nation.

Additionally, two areas within the Children's Hospital have been recognized for their excellence: the Pediatric Emergency Department was ranked No. 6 and the Division of Neonatology was ranked No. 10.

Children's Hospital was ranked No. 14 in the nation in the biennial poll by the magazine.

Previously, Children's Hospital ranked No. 8 out of 46 applicants, while this year, 76 hospitals submitted applications for consideration. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked No. 1 for the fourth consecutive time.

“We are proud to remain among the top children's hospitals in this nation,” said Kevin Churchwell, M.D., interim CEO for Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. We have come so far in such a short time and we know we have much to accomplish.

“I want to thank everyone — our nurses, physicians and support staff — for their enthusiasm, great cheer and the commitment I see every day.”

This is the fourth survey of the top children's hospitals by Child magazine.

The comprehensive 247-question survey, guided by leading pediatric experts, examines vital medical information including survival rates, the number of complex procedures and intricate surgeries conducted, volume of research studies, efforts to reduce medical errors, and quality and training of the doctors and nurses along with child-friendliness, support for families and community involvement.

The survey was sent to 116 full members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions in August 2006. The responses were graded to determine the best hospitals overall and the leaders in six pediatric subspecialty areas.

The rankings will appear in Child magazine's February issue.