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Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, Ranks in 5 Specialties among U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals

Jacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) June 11, 2013

Wolfson Children’s Hospital has been ranked in five out of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Wolfson Children’s Hospital ranked among the top 50 in the following specialties: diabetes & endocrinology (4th year in a row this specialty has been among top 50); neonatology (first time in rankings); orthopedics (first time in rankings); pulmonology (2nd year in a row); and urology (3rd year in a row).

“Wolfson Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Wolfson Children’s brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“Wolfson Children’s Hospital, along with our pediatric healthcare partners, Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, is thrilled to be named among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country for the fourth year in a row,” says Wolfson Children’s Hospital President Michael D. Aubin. “We are proud of the efforts of our medical faculty, nurses, and all of our staff for their commitment to outstanding children’s health care, which has led once again to this recognition. U.S. News rankings assure parents that their children can get the same comprehensive, quality pediatric health care here in Northeast Florida that is available at other nationally known top children’s hospitals across the nation.”

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Nemours, says: “Nemours has made a promise to do whatever it takes to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. Working with outstanding partners like Wolfson Children’s Hospital, delivering on that promise means having the expertise and capabilities to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions, and doing it at the highest level, every time. We are committed to being among the best in the nation in providing pediatric and specialty care to our children and families. The specialty rankings from U.S. News & World Report recognize deep expertise in caring for children with serious problems – and places Nemours among the best in the nation.”

Mark Hudak, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Florida College of Medicine—Jacksonville, says: “The University of Florida has always strived to provide the very best care to the children and families of Northeast Florida and beyond. For years, we have believed that the quality of care and the depth of medical expertise that children can access in our community is on a par with some of the best pediatric centers in the country. Over the years, a strong collaboration among the Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Clinic, and University of Florida organizations has catalyzed significant growth and advances in pediatric programs. In practical terms, this recognition will help all of us recruit new pediatric physicians, nurses, and other specialists as well as attract high-caliber pediatric residents and fellows to our teaching programs. This will insure not only that we sustain our level of excellence, but also that we continue to expand the scope of care available to our children.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.


About Wolfson Children’s Hospital
Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, serves as our region’s pediatric referral center and only hospital just for kids. The 213-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features an environment filled with bright colors, warm smiles and the latest children’s medical technology. At Wolfson Children’s Hospital, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, orthopaedic conditions, behavioral health disorders, and more. The hospital is staffed by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children. Wolfson Children’s pediatric partners include Nemours Children’s Clinic, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. For additional information, visit

About Nemours
Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized children’s health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando, Florida along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

About the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville
The University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville is the largest of three UF colleges on the 110-acre University of Florida Health at Jacksonville. The college’s 15 clinical science departments house more than 380 faculty members. The college offers more than 30 different graduate medical education programs and has more than 300 residents and fellows in training. Last year, the college secured more than $19 million for research projects – the sixth consecutive year funding has increased.

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