ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Parents Magazine today recognized University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital among the nation’s 20 most innovative children’s hospitals.
Parents identified top hospitals based on a comprehensive survey about innovations in various specialties, as well as research, patents, and partnerships. Hospitals on the list had to show a proven track-record of innovations that have led to medical advances and adoption of the latest technologies and innovative efforts to support families.
“We strive to be leaders in research, innovation and technology advancements that will improve the lives of all of the children and families we serve,” says Paul King, executive director of Mott and Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.
“We are pleased to see our teams recognized for their commitment to develop and implement innovative services and therapies for our youngest patients.”
In the Parents magazine issue, which will hit newsstands nationwide in October, Mott was particularly lauded for its use of 3-D printing technology. A bioresorbable 3D-printed airway splint created through a collaboration between Mott’s otolaryngology department and U-M’s School of Engineering helps treat children with tracheobroncomalacia. The rare disease causes the windpipe to periodically collapse and prevent normal breathing.
In 2017, U-M pediatric departments published at least 642 journal articles and submitted at least 93 patent applications. Mott also leads a multi-center international clinical trial that combines immunotherapy and chemotherapy in a non-conventional way to treat relapsed neuroblastoma, a solid cancerous tumor caused by uncontrolled or abnormal cell growth in nerve cells.
“We are proud of our faculty’s groundbreaking research that is changing the way pediatric diseases are treated around the world," says Chris Dickinson, M.D., chief medical officer at Mott.
"We are constantly seeking ways to advance research and provide innovative treatment and services to help children fighting rare and life-threatening diseases.”
Parents also collected a list of “little things that make a big difference” at top hospitals. Mott’s list included everything from virtual reality technology to child life services, such as music therapy, pet therapy and the sibling program.
“Our winning children’s hospitals collectively published more than 16,000 studies last year. We’re in awe of their pioneering treatments, genius medical devices, improved medications, and the steps they’ve taken to make a hospital stay less stressful for little patients and their families,” says Liz Vaccariello, Parents’ editor-in-chief.
“But, most of all, we’re grateful that these hospitals have made it a priority to share their innovations with other centers, making it easier for kids to receive excellent care closer to where they live.”
In June, Mott was also recognized among the top-performing children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report. It was the only hospital in the state nationally ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties.