(CHICAGO) — Rush Children’s Hospital was ranked #40 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery by U.S. News & World Report. The 2013 – 2014 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are published on www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. Only 87 children’s hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.
“The rankings indicate families of very sick kids that they will receive some of the best care available at Rush,” said Dr.Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush University Medical Center. “We are dedicated to providing excellent care and expertise to children across all of Rush Children’s Hospital programs.”
The rankings feature the 50 best performing 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.
U.S. News provides quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and procedure volume. The rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance.
This year, U.S. News surveyed 179 pediatric centers across the country 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 2014 guidebook, which will be available in August.
“This annual ranking reflects the great work everyone at Rush does to provide the best possible patient care. We are proud that we have earned a place among America’s best pediatric hospitals,” Dr. Goodman said.