For the eighth consecutive year, N.C. Children’s Hospital was recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” in the publication’s 2015-16 rankings. The hospital ranked in seven clinical categories:
- 13th in pulmonology
- 24th in endocrinology and diabetes
- 25th in orthopaedics
- 28th in cancer
- 32nd in gastroenterology and GI surgery
- 40thin Neonatology
- 44th in nephrology
N.C. Children’s Hospital ranked higher in all seven of the above categories compared to the rankings released last year. One particularly significant improvement was in cancer, which jumped from 44th in 2015to 28th in 2016. Other significant improvements in rankings included gastroenterology and GI surgery (ranked 48th in 2015) and orthopedics (ranked 39th in 2015).
“This recognition is a testament to our dedicated and extraordinary team here at North Carolina Children’s Hospital,” said Kevin J. Kelly, MD, interim chair of the department of pediatrics at the UNC School of Medicine. “This outcome is due to our focus on clinical excellence and quality improvement, and the stellar reputation of our education and research programs nationally. We are proud of our team’s continued commitment to patients and families here at UNC.”
Data for the rankings was collected and analyzed by RTI International. To determine the final order, researchers analyzed data from patient outcomes, physician surveys and structural resources of each hospital. The data included a clinical questionnaire sent to 183 pediatric hospitals across the country, as well as surveys from more than 6,000 pediatric specialists across all ranked specialties.
U.S. News & World Report introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007. This year, only 78 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. Scoring details for N.C. Children’s Hospital’s rankings, including information on survival rates, nurse staffing ratios, procedure volume and much more can be viewed online.