Connecticut Children's Medical Center among the best in the nation

Joy Montgomery
June 28, 2017

The New Hyde Park medical center earned top 50 national rankings for exceptional care in nine pediatric specialties, according to US News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals.

The hospital was ranked No. 11 for cardiology and heart surgery, No. 28 for nephrology, No. 36 for cancer, No. 37 for urology, No. 45 for neurology and neurosurgery, and No. 47 for gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery. The hospital also has the region's only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, which means it meets the highest standards set by the Academy of Pediatrics.

The U.S. News Best Children's Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists.

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"We try to make the best use of that information to provide patients and their families about where to get the best care for their kids", said Ben Harder, who spearheads the project for U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the cardiology and heart surgery programs now sit one spot away from the top 10 programs in the country.

The U.S. News analysis of hospitals includes data from almost 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Heading the overall list again this year is Boston Children's Hospital.

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"We are happy that for the eighth year we are ranked among the nation's best pediatric hospitals", Children's CEO and president Mike Warren said in a statement. Johns Hopkins bumped Seattle Children's Hospital for a top 10 honor this year.

This year's rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals 2018" guidebook and available on newsstands September 12. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on US pediatric centers.

The Best Children's Hospitals rankings take into account objective measurements, such as clinical outcomes, compliance with best practices, patient volume, infection control, adequacy of nurse staffing, and efficiency and coordination of care.

This year, the University of MI hospitals and health centers also achieved Magnet status - the highest institutional honor awarded for nursing excellence - from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

U.S. News will publish this year's rankings in their Best Hospitals 2018 guidebook, which will be available on newsstands September 12.

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was ranked as second best with the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center taking the title of third best.

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