Duke Children’s has once again ranked among the nation's finest in the 2016-17 U.S. News & World Report's Best Children's Hospitals rankings announced June 21. Duke Children’s ranked among the top 50 nationally in 10 areas of specialty, including cancer, (#25), cardiology and heart surgery (#22), diabetes and endocrinology (#26), gastroenterology and GI surgery (#36), neonatology (#15), nephrology (#37), neurology and neurosurgery (#25), orthopedics (#40), pulmonology (#48) and urology (#50).
“We are proud and honored to be ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 10 programmatic areas,” says Ann Reed, MD, chair of the Duke Department of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of Duke Children’s. “I firmly believe this distinction reflects the high quality care we deliver and our outstanding commitment to our patients and their families."
Why rankings matter
The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties. The 2016-17 rankings were created from clinical data collected through a detailed survey sent to 183 hospitals. In addition, part of each hospital’s score is derived from surveys of board-certified pediatric specialists and subspecialists who were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty. Most of the 183 facilities surveyed for this year's Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are either freestanding children’s hospitals or a “hospital within a hospital” — a large and essentially autonomous multidisciplinary pediatric department within a major medical center. In the 2016-17 rankings, 78 of the surveyed hospitals were ranked in one or more specialties.
U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. Best Children's Hospitals 2016-17 goes beyond rankings, offering families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on the U.S. News & World Report website and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2017 Guidebook, available beginning in August.
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