Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital has been ranked in five U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Despite opening its doors just six years ago, this is the second consecutive year that Levine Children's Hospital has been ranked in multiple categories and the fourth year that the hospital has had at least one ranking.
In the current rankings, Levine Children's Hospital was named among the nation's best pediatric hospitals in:
Offering comprehensive services in more than 30 pediatric subspecialty areas, it is the largest children's hospital between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.
"This is a national recognition that truly demonstrates our physicians' and staff's commitment to clinical excellence," said Leonard G. Feld, MD, PhD, chair of pediatrics and chief medical officer for Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital. "We are thrilled to be part of such an elite group of institutions who shine in each of these pediatric specialties. It is a privilege and an honor to be recognized as one of the premier pediatric hospitals in the country that continuously provides outstanding care and support to our patients and their families."
U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. These rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.
"When Levine Children's Hospital opened in 2007, we made a promise to expand the scope of services available to children in this region, to improve access to specialists, to recruit the best talent and to produce the highest quality outcomes," said Dr. Feld.
Each hospital's reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into these 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. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.
Review survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more. This information will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in August.
Anthony Stallion, MD
Anthony Stallion, MD, recently joined Carolinas Healthcare System on July 15, 2013, as the chief of pediatric surgery and will work throughout the System, including Levine Children's Hospital and Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital. Dr. Stallion was previously at the Cleveland Clinic and is a recognized leader in pediatric surgery, being named to the 2013 Best Doctors in America® list.
"Dr. Stallion is a leader in pediatric surgery and will be a tremendous resource for residents and other staff," said Leonard G. Feld, MD, PhD, chair of pediatrics and chief medical officer for Carolinas HealthCare System's Levine Children's Hospital. "His clinical expertise and ability to develop programs will help us expand clinical services in the Charlotte-metro area and throughout the region."
Dr. Stallion spent the past 12 years as a staff surgeon at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital and was an associate professor of surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. A three-year member of the American College of Surgeons National Committee on Trauma and a former associate and interim director of a Level 1 pediatric trauma center, Dr. Stallion is a leading expert. Carolinas HealthCare System operates the region's only Level 1 trauma center, and Dr. Stallion will contribute to its continued growth and improvement.
"Through Carolinas HealthCare System there is a tremendous amount of potential for pediatric surgical services throughout the region and for us to continue to develop a nationally recognized pediatric surgical department," Dr. Stallion said. "I'm committed to helping the System provide world-class care by promoting health and wellness for children in the Carolinas, developing educational programs and building robust community and clinical programs that deliver the very best quality care."
A board-certified surgeon in both general and pediatric surgery, Dr. Stallion's clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal disease, Hirschsprung's disease, surgical repair of congenital anomalies and care of patients with solid tumors. His research has included systemic and intestinal inflammation and multisystem organ failure.
Dr. Stallion earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1987 before serving a general surgical residency at the University of Cincinnati Hospital. He completed pediatric surgery fellowships at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Children's Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. He is a member of a wide variety of professional organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Surgical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Children's Oncology Group, the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and Alpha Omega Alpha.