ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital ranks among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue. It is also the only hospital in the state to be nationally ranked in all seven pediatric specialty areas featured in this special report.
Most notably, Mott ranks 4 for heart and heart surgery, 15 for neonatal care, 16 for respiratory disorders, and among the nation's best for all other pediatric specialties - cancer, digestive disorders, general pediatrics, and neurology and neurosurgery.
The 2008 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue will be published in the magazine's June 9 issue, on newsstands Monday, June 2, and is available today online at www.USNews.com/pediatrics.
"To be recognized nationally illustrates the strength of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in a range of national and state rankings, and truly exemplifies the outstanding care our faculty and staff provide to patients and families from Michigan and across the country," says Patricia A. Warner, MPH, associate hospital director for Children's and Women's Services at the U-M Health System
. "We are especially honored to be ranked among the top 5 for pediatric heart care, and listed among the nation's best for all other pediatric specialties."
Unlike its 2007 pediatric ranking, this year's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" features only the 30 top ranked hospitals in seven specialties: cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics. 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 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.
Today's announcement builds further momentum for the U-M Health System's successful fund-raising campaign for the new $523 million C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital building project. Already UMHS has raised more than $50 million of its $75 million goal for the new facility, set to open in 2011.
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 include16 pediatric operating rooms, four pediatric surgical procedure rooms, four Caesarean section suites, and 264 private inpatient beds upon opening, including 50 single room maternity care beds, with capacity for an additional 84 beds in the future.
About U.S.News & World Report's ranking and methodology
Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions in either of two categories-a freestanding children's hospital or a children's "hospital within a hospital" (a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center). In addition, several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. Of the 143 children's hospitals invited to complete a survey asking for information as detailed as whether a center offers postgraduate fellowships in pediatric cardiology, 113 responded. The survey was constructed by RTI International, which collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings.