June 19, 2009

Six Children’s Hospital specialties ranked among best in U.S.

Six Children’s Hospital specialties ranked among best in U.S.

The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation in six pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s Hospital was ranked sixth best in the United States in Urology in the annual listing of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. The hospital also was ranked No. 13 in Neonatology; No. 21 in Digestive Disorders; No. 22 in Orthopaedics; No. 23 in Heart and Heart Surgery; and No. 25 in Cancer.

“Children’s Hospital is a special place where an entire team comes together for just one critical purpose, and that’s to care for children and families in our community and beyond,” said Kevin B. Churchwell, M.D., chief executive officer of the hospital. “This type of nationally recognized excellence can be achieved only by the work of an outstanding staff which put children first in every way and constantly look for ways to improve.”

“These latest rankings underscore the extraordinary leadership of Kevin Churchwell and the dedication and commitment of all our faculty and staff to a standard of excellence in compassion and discovery,” said Jonathan Gitlin, M.D., chair of the Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief at Children’s Hospital. “Our pace of academic growth in the first five years has been phenomenal and portends a brilliant future.”

The No. 6 ranking continues a strong history of excellence for the hospital’s Pediatric Urology program.

“To be recognized by your peers as one of the top programs in the country is another validation of the hard work of many people,” said John Brock III, M.D., director of Pediatric Urology and surgeon-in-chief at Children's Hospital. “It is incredibly gratifying to be a part of a program that started from nothing approximately 15 years ago and now is recognized around the world as one of the best programs in Pediatric Urology.

“This is a testament to the faculty in both the clinical and basic science arenas, to the nursing staff who help provide such great care to our patients and to the many ancillary services that work with us to allow our patients to get the very best of care. This is the perfect example of what can be done in a collaborative atmosphere at Vanderbilt. We are very proud of this recognition.”

The rankings weighed reputation, outcome and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a 65-page survey. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

The rankings will be published online Thursday at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report.

“The objective of the Best Children's Hospitals rankings is to help children with uniquely challenging medical needs, and for these special patients, it is essential they seek treatment at pediatric facilities with deep expertise. With this year's rankings, we're providing important information on the best of the best,” said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor for U.S. News & World Report.