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Infection Prevention, High-tech Transport Boost St. Louis Children’s to #6 in the Nation
Date:6/11/2013

Washington DC (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

The U.S. News & World Report list of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals will include St. Louis Children’s Hospital-Washington University for the 11th consecutive year. The annual report evaluated hospitals in 10 specialty care areas. St. Louis Children’s ranked in the top 10 in four of those specialties, qualifying it for the prestigious Honor Roll. Only 10 pediatric hospitals nationwide received such a distinction.

Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in Missouri to make the Honor Roll.

“St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University deserve the highest praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Being listed in the Honor Roll shows how dedication and expertise can span multiple specialties. U.S.News wants to call attention to pediatric centers that help the sickest kids across a wide range of medical problems.”

Across the country, 87 hospitals ranked in one or more specialties. St. Louis Children’s ranked in all 10: neurology and neurosurgery (#2), neonatology/newborn medicine (#3), orthopedics (#6), pulmonology (#8), cardiology and heart surgery (#14), cancer (#15), nephrology (#21), diabetes and endocrinology (#22), gastroenterology (#18), and urology (#22). The majority of the report is based on detailed quality information including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more.

Hospital reputation, based on a survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists, is also taken into account. Since its 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over reputation.

“We are delighted the professionals who track clinical excellence nationwide recognize what we see every day: a team of physicians and staff who consistently give our patients and families the best care pediatric medicine can offer,” says Joan Magruder, St. L
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