Primary Children’s Medical Center has been ranked in seven specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.
Primary Children’s ranked 18th in Cardiology and Heart Surgery, 17th in Orthopedics, 33rd in Neurology & Neurosurgery, 43th in Cancer, 45th in Nephrology, 45th in Gastroenterology, and 46th in Urology.
The rankings feature 50 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. Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.
“We are pleased to be ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country, said Katy Welkie, chief executive officer of Primary Children’s Medical Center. “These rankings reflect the dedication of our physicians and staff as they provide care to the children we serve. We know that many of our programs provide service that compares favorably with the best in the country. While no survey can evaluate all aspects of care, we are proud of those specialties that earned the U.S. News and World Report Rankings,” Welkie added.
“Primary Children’s deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Primary Children’s has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids. Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”
“We are pleased to be recognized for the outstanding accomplishments of our clinical teams,” said Ed Clark, M.D., chief medical officer for Primary Children’s. “This ranking is only one measure of excellence, and we continually strive for outstanding clinical care in every program.”
For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.
This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists—150 in each specialty—were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.
The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals
. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.