U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wolfson Children’s Hospital among the 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology & Neurology.
These 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. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.
Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin said, “Wolfson Children’s Hospital – along with our pediatric healthcare partners, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville – is happy to be named among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country for the fifth year in a row. Our Wolfson Children’s Hospital Neuroscience Institute is among the best in the country, bringing children and their families from around the U.S. and the world to Jacksonville for brain and spine care. We are proud of the efforts of our medical faculty, nurses and all of our staff for their commitment to outstanding, safe, effective children’s health care. U.S. News rankings assure parents that their children can get the same comprehensive, quality pediatric health care here in North Florida and South Georgia that is available at other nationally known top children’s hospitals across the nation.”
U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.
Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.
“Wolfson Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.
David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Nemours, says: “Nemours Children’s Health System has made a promise to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. We are honored that these specialty rankings from U.S.News & World Report recognize the expertise, dedication and teamwork of our physicians, nurses, researchers and staff, working in partnership with families to improve and restore the health of children entrusted to our care. Our commitment extends beyond the walls of Nemours to the care we provide through outstanding hospital partners, sharing our expertise and capabilities to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions, and doing so at the highest level, every time.”
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 a 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 Clinic, 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 insure not only that we sustain our level of excellence, but also that we continue to expand the scope of care available to our children.”
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.