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U.S.News 2008 'Best Hospitals' Issue Again Ranks Packard Children's as One of Nation's Best
Date:5/29/2008

Neonatalogy, heart & heart surgery ranked in nation's Top 5; Cancer program

in Top 10

Highest-ranked children's hospital in Bay Area

STANFORD, Calif., May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford has been ranked one of the nation's best.

In its annual America's Best Children's Hospitals issue hitting newsstands June 2, the magazine places Lucile Packard Children's Hospital # 12 overall among children's hospitals nationwide, and tops in the Bay Area. Additionally, the hospital's neonatology, heart and heart surgery specialties each ranked # 5 in the U.S., with cancer ranking # 10. Programs in digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, neurology and neurosurgery were also noted for excellence with Top 20 rankings.

Christopher Dawes, president and chief executive officer at Packard Children's, was proud of this recognition. "Making the U.S.News list is always an honor. It reflects what our faculty and staff have built and continue to build -- a nationally and internationally pre-eminent children's hospital. The children's hospitals of America provide superb care, and we're thrilled to be one of the best of the best."

The specialty rankings of this year's America's Best Children's Hospitals were based on a new methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing, advanced technology, credentialing and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at http://www.usnews.com/pediatrics beginning May 30.

The U.S.News honor adds to a growing list of recent highlights at the hospital, including the 2008 launch of a new Web site that allows visitors to access a variety of data about the hospital's performance. This move toward greater data transparency is another milestone in the hospital's ongoing campaig
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