UR Medicine’s Golisano Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in three specialty areas — neonatology, nephrology, and neurology and neurosurgery — in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings.
The 2017-2018 rankings, released online Tuesday, placed the children’s hospital’s neonatology program at No. 27 nationally; nephrology at No. 43; and neurology and neurosurgery at No. 44.
“As with everything we do and have achieved, this recognition reflects a partnership with contributions from the interdisciplinary workforces of pediatrics, surgery and surgical subspecialties, emergency medicine, neurology, and obstetrics and gynecology,” said Nina Schor, M.D., Ph.D., pediatrician-in-chief at Golisano Children’s Hospital. “It also wouldn’t be possible without our community, and the health care organizations outside the hospital.”
The Division of Neonatology, which provides care for premature and critically ill newborns, admits about 1200 infants per year. Approximately 1 in 12 babies born in the Finger Lakes Region spend their first days in the children’s hospital’s Gosnell Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which is the region’s only Level IV NICU.
The NICU houses 68 beds and is staffed each day by nearly 20 physicians and nurse practitioners and 70-75 specially-trained nurses, along with nutritionists, social workers, child life specialists, and others.
“We’re very happy to have the great work of our team recognized,” said Carl D’Angio, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Neonatology. “We provide specialized, high-quality care to infants and families from across Central and Western New York. What we do wouldn’t be possible without the excellent support we receive from all of the pediatric and surgical specialties at the children’s hospital.”
The Division of Pediatric Nephrology, which provides care for those with kidney disease and hypertension, has approximately 2,600 patient visits annually. Treating conditions such as hematuria, proteinuria, glomerulonephritis, fluid and electrolyte disorders, kidney stones, and kidney failure, the division has a team of six physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and social worker.
“This recognition reflects our excellent clinicians and academic training program,” said George Schwartz, M.D., Chief of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology. “We will work hard to raise further our ranking as we develop an improved kidney transplant program with our surgical colleagues.”
The Division of Child Neurology treats conditions including epilepsy, Tourette syndrome and other movement disorders, complications from brain tumors, Autism Spectrum Disorder, various developmental delays, and a variety of more rare conditions, including Batten Disease. Child neurologists often work hand-in-hand with the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, which provides care for children with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, craniosynostosis, congenital malformations, various brain and head injuries, and more.
“We are delighted to be recognized,” said Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D., chief of the Division of Child Neurology. “Our division is the largest in Upstate New York, and we’re proud to serve patients and families from almost every country in the state while also providing expert consultation to patients from other states and countries.”
“The physical structure, faculty, nursing, and support staff combine to provide state-of-the-art care and services to our community,” said Howard Silberstein, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery.
The U.S. News and World Report rankings feature the 50 best children’s 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.
Over the past six years, Golisano Children’s Hospital has appeared in the top 50 in six of the ten categories.
The rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2017 guidebook in September.