MILWAUKEE (6/4/2010) - Six pediatric specialties at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin have been ranked in the 2010-11 edition of Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, published online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and featured in the August issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands starting July 27.
The rankings are as follows: Heart and Heart Surgery, 8; Digestive Disorders, 14; Urology, 20; Respiratory Disorders, 28; Neurology and Neurosurgery, 28; and Neonatal care, 30.
"Children's Hospital is a national leader in pediatric health care," said Cindy Christensen, JD, RN executive vice president, chief operating officer, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. "The rankings clearly reflect the knowledge, compassion and dedication of everyone who provides direct patient care or supports those who do."
The mission of the Best Children's Hospital rankings is to identify hospitals that provide the highest quality of care for children with the most serious or complicated medical conditions, using the most robust and sensitive measures available.
The methodology behind this year's rankings weighed a three-part blend of hospital resources directly related to patient care, outcomes and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of peer review from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a survey covering important medical information ranging from surgical death rates to whether pediatric anesthesiologists and other sub specialists are on the staff. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.
Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from two membership categories of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI): freestanding children's hospitals, or "hospitals within a hospital" (large, multidisciplinary pediatric departments within a medical center). Several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. The survey was created and administered by RTI International, the same respected research organization that collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings.
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, founded in 1894, is recognized as one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the United States. It is rated No. 3 in the nation by Parents magazine and named one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons. The hospital has been re-designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a national honor that recognizes nursing excellence. Private, independent and not-for-profit, the hospital serves children and families from Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Illinois and beyond. Children's Hospital is the flagship member of Children's Hospital and Health System. In 2008, the health system invested more than $114 million back into the community to improve the health status of children. For more information, visit the website at www.chw.org.