U.S. News & World Report ranks North Carolina Children's Hospital in nation’s top 10 for children with respiratory disorders

U.S. News and World Report has recognized North Carolina Children's Hospital as seventh in the nation among the Top 30 children's hospitals caring for children with respiratory disorders. The ranking will appear in the magazine's 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics and available on newsstands Monday, June 2.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks North Carolina Children's Hospital in nation’s top 10 for children with respiratory disorders

CHAPEL HILL, NC — U.S. News and World Report has recognized North Carolina Children’s Hospital as seventh in the nation among the Top 30 children’s hospitals caring for children with respiratory disorders. The ranking will appear in the magazine’s 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, published online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics and available on newsstands Monday, June 2.

“We are proud and honored to be ranked by U.S. News and World Report,” said Alan Stiles, MD, physician-in-chief of North Carolina Children's Hospital. “We’ve long recognized ourselves as one of the country’s best children’s hospitals, and I firmly believe this distinction is reflective of our faculty and clinical staff’s tireless dedication and commitment to our three-tiered mission of patient care, research and education.”

This year marks the first time that the magazine has extended its pediatric rankings beyond the top 30 pediatric centers overall. The 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals list now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics.

“Very sick kids need very special care,” said Senior Writer Avery Comarow, who has been editor of the America’s Best Hospitals and America’s Best Children’s Hospitals annual rankings since their inception. “The best places for them are pediatric facilities with a deep pool of expertise in their particular illness. Breaking out key specialties is crucial to help parents and other caregivers find these facilities.”

N.C. Children’s Hospital’s seventh place ranking is the highest achieved by any children’s hospital in North Carolina. In fact, N.C. Children’s Hospital and Duke Children’s Hospital are the only two children’s hospitals in the entire state to be recognized in the 2008 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

The specialty rankings of this year’s America’s Best Children’s Hospitals were based on a new and improved methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at www.usnews.com/pediatrics.

N.C. Children’s Hospital’s placement on the 2008 America’s Best Children’s Hospitals further distinguishes UNC Hospitals, which has been included in U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Hospitals issue rankings for the last 15 years in a row.

Media representatives interested in faculty interviews related to this news release should contact Danielle Bates at 919.843.9714 or dbates@med.unc.edu to coordinate.

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ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
Each year, more children from all 100 counties across the state make over 70,000 visits to North Carolina Children's Hospital, a part of UNC Hospitals. The Children’s Hospital relocated to a state-of-the-art facility in 2002, which includes a comprehensive children's outpatient center and 136 inpatient beds in a child-friendly, family-focused environment. It is the first children's hospital in North Carolina to bring together complete inpatient and outpatient care in one location. For more information about North Carolina Children's Hospital, please visit the Web site at www.ncchildrenshospital.org.

ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF RESPIRATORY DISORDERS AT N.C. CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of pediatric respiratory diseases and is engaged in leading-edge research. N.C. Children’s Hospital is a major referral center for children with many pulmonary diseases including cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, and airway disorders. The Children’s Hospital is also home of the North Carolina Children’s Airway Center, a multidisciplinary group focused on improve the care of children with complex congenital or acquired airway problems. It is one of only five pediatric airway centers in the nation and the only one located on the Eastern seaboard.

ABOUT UNC HEALTH CARE
The UNC Health Care System is a not-for-profit integrated health care system owned by the state of North Carolina and based in Chapel Hill. It exists to further the teaching mission of the University of North Carolina and to provide state-of-the-art patient care. UNC Health Care is comprised of UNC Hospitals, which is ranked among the top 50 in the nation in six specialties by U.S. News & World Report and ranked one of the country’s 41 best on the Leapfrog 2007 Top Hospitals list; the UNC School of Medicine, a nationally eminent research institution; community practices; home health and hospice services in seven central North Carolina counties; and Rex Healthcare and its provider network in Wake County. UNC Health Care also manages Chatham Hospital in Siler City.

ABOUT U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT
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