ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital has been ranked among the best pediatric hospitals in the nation in U.S. News Media Group's 2009 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals." It is also the only hospital in the state to be nationally ranked in eight pediatric specialty areas of ten featured in this special report.
The rankings are featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands starting July 21.
Mott ranks 4th in heart and heart surgery, 11th in kidney care, 11th in orthopedics, and ranks among the nation's best for the pediatric specialties of cancer, diabetes, digestive disorders, neonatal care and respiratory disorders.
The 2009 America's Best Children's Hospitals, the most extensive listing of its kind, ranks hospitals in the areas of cancer, diabetes and endocrine disorders, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, respiratory disorders, and urology.
The methodology behind this year's rankings weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a 65-page survey covering important medical information ranging from surgical death rates to whether pediatric anesthesiologists and other sub specialists are on the staff. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals
Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from two membership categories of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI): freestanding children's hospitals, or "hospitals within a hospital." Several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is a comprehensive children's hospital within a larger academic health system.
Of the 160 children's hospitals invited to complete the 65-page survey, 98 responded. The survey was created and administered by RTI International, the same respected research organization that collects the data and oversees the methodology behind the adult Best Hospitals rankings.
The U-M Health System is building a new $754 million C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital that opens in 2012. The 1.1 million square feet 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.