Children’s Hospital Ranks Among Nation’s Best

Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center  has been listed among the nation’s best hospitals for four pediatric specialties: gastroenterology, neonatology, orthopaedics and neurology/neurosurgery, moving steadily up the list in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings. The annual rankings, which are published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, are based on data submitted by nearly 180 pediatric institutions nationwide.

In each of the past four years, Golisano Children’s Hospital has added a specialty to the U.S. News rankings, starting in 2009 with orthopaedics, which ranked #38 this year. Neonatology ranked #27; Gastroenterology, new to the list this year, ranked #41, and Neurology and Neurosurgery ranked #44.

“We are delighted that Golisano Children’s Hospital has, again, been recognized nationally for the expert care for which we are already known regionally,” said  Nina F. Schor, M.D., Ph.D., chair of URMC’s Department of Pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief. “We are able to provide this top-notch care because of the collaboration among many departments within URMC, the Ronald McDonald House and the community. And because of those partnerships, we are a destination for pediatric care throughout upstate New York, which underscores, even more, the need for our new children’s hospital.”

Each of the U.S. News-ranked programs has made major improvements in recent years. For example, Neonatology has been focusing on driving down infection rates and being more patient- and family-centered. Its NICU recently added eight new beds and more space to help families transition their babies to home. Neonatology moved up 23 slots on the U.S. News list from #50 in 2011, the first year it was ranked.

Orthopaedics moved up 10 slots this year, after specially training inpatient nursing staff to treat the complicated pediatric orthopaedic patients the division is now attracting from across the northeast. The division also recently hired a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in complex hip issues in children.

The U.S. News & World Report rankings feature the 50 best hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

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