Hospital, heart hospital nationally ranked

A survey in the upcoming issue of Child magazine solidifies the place Children's holds among the country's top pediatric healthcare institutions, especially in the area of heart care.

The Child magazine survey ranks the hospital as one of the top 25 providers nationally for overall pediatrics, and the Children's cardiac service line is listed among the top 10. Only one other hospital in the state - Texas Children's Hospital in Houston - earned top-25 overall status.

"We are honored to be recognized by Child magazine as one of the leaders in our industry," said Christopher J. Durovich, president and chief executive officer of Children's. "All of our employees have played a significant role in reaching this status by virtue of their daily commitment to the children that we serve. We are extremely proud of our cardiac team for its Top 10 ranking and I know that each of us will use this ranking as motivation to continue striving toward this achievement in many more lines of service. Together we can start the year with a renewed commitment to expanding our base of knowledge, to implementing better systems and processes and to providing better customer service - all of which indicate preeminent care for the children of our region."

The results of the survey are from an exhaustive, nine-month investigation of 116 hospitals affiliated with the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. The survey focused quantitatively on vital medical information (survival rates, the number of complex procedures and intricate surgeries conducted, volume of research studies, efforts to reduce medical errors and training for doctors and nurses) as well as child-friendliness, family support and community involvement.

The survey results will be published in the magazine's February 2007 issue, which will appear on newsstands Tuesday, Jan. 9.