Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital named to Best Children’s Hospitals rankings

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital named to Best Children’s Hospitals rankings

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:01 pm

For the first time, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was named to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals list. Four specialties were recognized for their excellence. Neurology and neurosurgery is 25th; orthopaedics 32nd; nephrology 37th; and cardiology and heart surgery 46th.  The rankings are now available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.
“We salute Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and Le Bonheur is one of those centers.”
The new rankings recognize the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Seventy-six hospitals are ranked in at least one specialty.
Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own.
The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.
“The children we care for count on us to be the best.  We have taken that responsibility very seriously and are thrilled to be recognized by the experts at U.S. News & World Report,” said Le Bonheur President and CEO Meri Armour.  “We will continue to provide excellent care for children for years to come.”
Establishing Le Bonheur among the nation’s top children’s hospital has been a vision since 2005. The hospital’s strategic plan included building a new $340 million facility and creating programs of distinction. Le Bonheur has focused on creating multi-disciplinary programs, implementing quality improvement initiatives and investing in technology. By recruiting some of the nation’s most respected pediatric specialists and investing in research and technology, the hospital has ensured that all children in Memphis and across the country have access to excellent care.
“While what really counts is that our patients are getting world-class care, we are also happy to have the recognition,” Armour said.
The hospital has used the survey as benchmarking tool since 2007 and completed the survey for the first time in 2008. This year Le Bonheur completed the survey in four categories – neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, nephrology, and cardiology and heart surgery and was ranked in all four categories. By measuring the hospital against a national standard, Le Bonheur identified areas of excellence and opportunities for improvement.
For the full rankings and methodology, visit www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.
 Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is known for cutting-edge programs in pediatric neuroscience, orthopaedics, critical care and cardiovascular services.
Le Bonheur treats more than 130,000 children each year in a 255-bed hospital that features state-of-the-art technology and family-friendly resources.
Serving as a primary teaching affiliate for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the hospital trains more pediatricians than any other hospital in the state. For more information, please call (901) 287-6030 or visit www.lebonheur.org.
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