2010 “America’s Best Children's Hospitals” Survey by U.S.News Again Ranks Packard Children’s as One of Nation’s Best

  • Only Bay Area children’s hospital with specialty programs ranked in nation’s Top Ten
  • Three programs ranked as best in California
  • Two programs ranked as best on West Coast

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- In the new U.S.News & World Report rankings of America's Best Children’s Hospitals 2010, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford has again been named one of the nation’s best.

In their annual survey online today (3) at usnews.com/childrenshospitals, U.S.News places three of the hospital’s specialties in the nation’s Top Ten, including heart and heart surgery (#5), kidney disorders (#5), and neonatology (#6). These honors made Packard Children’s the only Bay Area children’s hospital with programs in the Top Ten. Additionally, these three specialty rankings were the highest among children’s hospitals in California, and both the heart and neonatology programs ranked as highest among children’s hospitals on the West Coast.

Additionally, six other programs ranked highly on the U.S.News specialty list, including cancer, diabetes/endocrinology, gastroenterology, pulmonology, urology, and neurology/neurosurgery.

Christopher Dawes, president and chief executive officer at Packard Children’s, was proud of the news. “We share this success with our entire faculty and staff. They’re pioneers in pediatric and obstetric medicine, and it’s through their passion and innovation that we have built one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals,” said Dawes. “The new rankings are a testament to this phenomenal work.”

The U.S.News honor adds to a growing list of recent highlights for Packard Children’s, including:

* A study that showed for the first time that a significant decrease in hospital-wide mortality rates can be associated with implementation of a computerized physician order entry system.

* Opening the new Center for Fetal Health, providing comprehensive, collaborative care for families facing complex fetal problems.

* In a U.S. imaging first, the pediatric radiology team used prenatal MRI to detect a rare genetic disease in a newborn.

* The successful implantation of a high-tech artificial bone in a three-year-old’s arm, a surgery never before attempted on a toddler.

* The announcement at Packard Children’s by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Apple CEO Steve Jobs of legislation that will make it easier for Californians to affirm their preferred organ donor status.

The specialty rankings of this year’s America’s Best Children’s Hospitals survey were based on a methodology that weighed a blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as volume, nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at http://health.usnews.com/health-news/best-childrens-hospitals/articles/2010/06/02/behind-the-2010-11-best-childrens-hospitals-rankings.h.

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital

Perennially ranked as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S.News & World Report, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 312-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services, from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit www.lpch.org.


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