“We salute Kosair Children’s Hospital,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children's Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and Kosair Children’s is one of those centers.”
“Our thanks go to our employees, nursing leaders, members of our medical staff, and the faculty of the University of Louisville School of Medicine for helping us achieve this wonderful accomplishment,” said Thomas D. Kmetz, president of Kosair Children’s Hospital & Pediatric Services. “This recognition speaks well to the quality of work that has been performed at Kosair Children’s for decades. Our top rankings also represent an important step toward achieving our ‘20/20 Vision’ to establish Kosair Children’s Hospital as a top-tier national children’s hospital by 2020.
“We are considered to be among a very select group to be one of the 177 hospitals to even be invited to participate in the survey. This really is a great honor.”
The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, pulmonology, and urology. Seventy-six hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.
Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.
For the full rankings and methodology, visit: www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.