U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wolfson Children’s Hospital in two specialties in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
- Gastroenterology & GI surgery
- Neurology & neurosurgery
The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin said, “We are so pleased to be named once again among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country. The collaboration between our physicians, management and team members with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville has led to this honor and are a testament of our caregivers’ commitment to providing outstanding, comprehensive and effective health care for children."
David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Nemours, says: "At Nemours restoring and improving the health of children honors a promise made in partnership with families nearly 75 years ago. A promise extended through our affiliation with Wolfson Children's Hospital where our world-class physicians provide the care they need here in Jacksonville, Fla. These U.S. News & World Report rankings recognize the dedication, expertise and teamwork of Nemours physicians working with Wolfson nurses and staff, as well as our research to advance the highest quality care for children."
Mark L. Hudak, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville, says: "The University of Florida has always strived to provide the very best care to the children and families of Northeast Florida and beyond. For years, we have believed that the quality of care and the depth of medical expertise that children can access in our community is on par with some of the best pediatric centers in the country. Over the years, a strong collaboration among the Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and University of Florida organizations has catalyzed significant growth and advances in pediatric programs. In practical terms, this recognition will help all of us recruit new pediatric physicians, nurses, and other specialists as well as attract high-caliber pediatric residents and fellows to our teaching programs. This will ensure not only that we sustain our level of excellence, but also that we continue to expand the scope of care available to our children."
U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.
Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.
“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”
For survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and more click here. The U.S. News will publish its “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook September 1.