Mott earns top rankings from U.S. News & World Report

Mott is only children’s hospital in Michigan to rank among the best in the country in a broad range of pediatric specialties


ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has earned the highest rankings in the state of Michigan and is among the best in the country in pediatric specialties in the U.S. News & World Report's new "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue.

Mott is nationally ranked in eight of 10 pediatric specialty areas featured in the report.

Mott is recognized as 4th in the nation in children's heart care and heart surgery, 13th in orthopedics, and 19th in kidney disorders, and among the nation's best in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology, neonatology and urology.

"We are excited to be recognized as among the best in the nation by our peers," says Patricia A. Warner, M.P.H., executive director of C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals.

"These top rankings in a variety of specialties illustrate the strength, skill, and exemplary care our faculty and staff provide to patients and families from Michigan and across the country."

The 2010 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue is available today online at usnews.com/childrenshospitals.  The 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals rankings also will be published in the August print issue of U.S.News & World Report, which will be available to subscribers by July 15 and on newsstands starting July 27.

This year's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue features the 30 top-ranked hospitals in ten specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, kidney, respiratory disorders, urology, and orthopedics. It no longer includes an overall pediatric ranking.

The specialty rankings of this year's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" were based on a methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcomes, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors.

Today's announcement builds further momentum for the upcoming opening of the new C.S. Mott Children's and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospitals. The University of Michigan Health System has raised more than $69 million of its $75 million fundraising goal for the new $754 million facility.

With 1.1 million square feet, the facility will provide a new and larger home for specialty services not offered anywhere else in Michigan for newborns, children and pregnant women, such as the pediatric liver transplant program, the Level I Pediatric Trauma Program, the Pediatric and Adolescent Home Ventilator Program, the Craniofacial Anomalies Program, high-risk pregnancy services and specialty gynecological services. 

Plans for the new children's and women's facility include 20 pediatric operating and procedure rooms , 348 beds, of which 234 are general and critical care pediatric inpatient beds, 50 women's beds, and 32 adult bone marrow transplant beds. An additional 32 beds will be allocated based on need. All beds will be in a single, private-room setting.

About U.S. News & World Report's ranking and methodology

For the 2010 rankings, U.S. News & World Report used the assistance of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). They asked 170 pediatric centers to complete a 75-page online survey. Most of the centers surveyed are NACHRI members and fit the description of standalone centers or a hospital within a hospital. A small number of specialty and non-NACHRI hospitals were added because they were previously ranked or were recommended by trusted sources. RTI International, a large research and consulting firm that also oversees the Best Hospitals rankings, reviewed the recommendations. Of the 170 hospitals contacted, 96 provided information. If and how high a hospital was ranked depended on how well it did in three areas: reputation, medical outcomes (such as cancer survival), and care-related indicators of quality (such as the number of patients, nurse staffing, and availability of specialized programs).

A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. For more information about U.S.News & World Report, visit http://health.usnews.com/.

Written by Margarita Bauza

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