U.S. News Ranks Golisano Children’s Hospital Among Nation’s Best

Man holding childGolisano Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals for neonatology, pediatric orthopaedics, neurology and neurosurgery in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Golisano Children’s Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a level IIID facility, the highest rated by the American Academy of Pediatrics and state designation – the only one of its kind in the Finger Lakes region. URMC’s reputation for excellence in care for Child Neurology and Pediatric Neurosurgery brings children and families from across the country for the treatment of Tourette syndrome and neurodegenerative disorders. Its Pediatric Orthopaedic division has expanded exponentially to meet demand for its highly specialized care of scoliosis and spinal and ribcage deformities.

“We are delighted that Golisano Children’s Hospital has, again, been recognized nationally for the expert care we are known for regionally,” said Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics chair and pediatrician-in-chief. “We are able to provide this top-notch care because of the collaboration among the departments of Pediatrics, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Ronald McDonald House, and the community.”

Golisano Children’s Hospital serves more than 70,000 children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region and beyond every year.

Neonatal Referral Center

The 52-bed NICU, the biggest and one of the busiest units in the children’s hospital, is the major referral center for sick and premature infants in the Finger Lakes region, caring for one of every 13 babies born in the region. In addition to providing clinical care, the Division of Neonatology leads robust clinical, educational and research programs.

“Our Neonatal team, supported by many divisions within the Department of Pediatrics and URMC, has been working very hard to improve outcomes for our fragile patients,” said William Maniscalco, M.D., chief of Neonatology and professor of Pediatrics. “We’re gratified for national recognition of both our outstanding care, which helps our patients grow into healthy children, and our important research, which improves the lives of newborns everywhere.”

Neurological Expertise

The Child Neurology division sees about 3,500 pediatric patients every year; many come from across the region but some come from other countries to see the hospital’s experts in movement disorders and rare neurodegenerative diseases, such as Batten Disease.

“The University of Rochester Medical Center has a long history of achievements in Child Neurology and has become a destination for families searching for the best possible care for their children,” said Steven A. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Neurology. “Our chief of pediatric neurology, Dr. Jonathan Mink, is one of the finest pediatric neurologists in the country, and the premier expert in the U.S. on pediatric movement disorders; he has built a division that has become a magnet for families nationwide.”

Pediatric Neurosurgery has grown steadily at URMC, using the latest diagnostic imaging, neuronavigational and neurophysiology monitoring technologies to advance care. Howard Silberstein, M.D., along with pediatric oncologist David Korones, M.D., developed a leading pediatric brain tumor treatment program.

“We pride ourselves on providing the highest quality neurosurgical care to our region’s children so parents don’t have to leave the area to find the best possible care,” said Neurosurgery Chair Webster H. Pilcher, M.D., Ph.D.

Musculoskeletal Leader

URMC is home to one of the largest, most comprehensive orthopaedic practices in the region, covering every subspecialty of orthopaedics, from spine and sports medicine, to foot and ankle surgery, to joint replacement.

“Being selected as a top pediatric orthopaedic hospital for the third year in a row is a tribute to the leadership of Dr. James Sanders as chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics,” said Regis J. O'Keefe, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. “The pediatric orthopaedic team has enhanced musculoskeletal health for children throughout the region. We are excited about this recognition of their outstanding care.”

Sanders heads a team of orthopaedic surgeons who are also nationally recognized for their care of children. They include Paul T. Rubery, M.D., associate chair of Clinical Affairs, a leading surgeon in the treatment of childhood spinal deformity; John T. Gorczyca, M.D., who leads URMC’s regional trauma service; Judith F. Baumhauer, M.D., M.P.H., foot and ankle surgeon; and Susan V. Bukata, M.D., a metabolic bone disease and cancer surgeon.    

The U.S. News & World Report rankings were published in May online and will be available Aug. 30 on newsstands. The most extensive listing of its kind, the 2011 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals edition ranks pediatric hospitals in 10 specialties, based on data submitted by nearly 180 institutions nationwide.

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