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Levine Children’s Hospital Named Among Nation’s Best
U.S News & World Report Ranking Highlights Exceptional First
Half of 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 21, 2016 – For the seventh consecutive year,
Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children's Hospital is ranked as a
“Best Children’s Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report, which
was announced by the publication today. With more than 200 pediatric
hospitals in the United States, Levine Children’s is one of the
nation’s top hospitals for children, as well as the only pediatric
medical center in Charlotte to be ranked. The rankings for 2016-2017
include: Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Nephrology; Neurology and
Neurosurgery; and Orthopedics. This is also the fifth year the hospital
is ranked in multiple specialties.
“Every year since we’ve made this national list, we invite the
communities we serve to celebrate with us, as this is validation that
when they choose to come here for care, they are in great hands,” said
Callie Dobbins, vice president, facility executive for Levine
Children’s Hospital. “The rankings help reinforce what we know to be
true – that our teams’ work is among the best in the nation.”
Since opening in 2007, Levine Children’s Hospital continues to treat
more pediatric patients per day than any other hospital in North
Carolina. It is the largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and
Washington, D.C. with comprehensive pediatric services in more than 30
pediatric subspecialty areas.
“We are very proud of our Family Centered Care approach, where children
and their families are our partners in healthcare—from prevention to
diagnosis to treatment,” said Andrew Herman, MD, who was appointed to
the position of chief medical officer in June. “This has been a
tremendous year for us and we look forward to continuing to provide the
children of the region with the best care possible.”
Notable Milestones in
Paul Kirshbom, MD, one of the preeminent congenital heart
surgeons in the country, joined Levine Children’s Hospital and is now
leading the congenital heart program.
The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium recognized Levine
Children's Hospital as an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute.
Levine Children's Hospital is the first pediatric facility in the
Carolinas and the 11th in the nation to earn this distinction.
Oncologists successfully led and implemented a clinical
trial that speeds up the recovery of patients after a bone marrow
Neonatologists treated one of the smallest surviving babies
in the world. Born at just 10 ounces, baby E’Layah spent five months in
intensive care but is now home with her family.
The pediatric gastroenterologists division became part of
the ImproveCareNow national network. This has raised the bar for the
standard of care in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease while
increasing the number of children in remission without new
The psychosocial oncology team, in collaboration with
clinical nurses, created a new mentorship program, which provides
emotional support for current and former cancer patients. The program
positively impacts the quality of life and coping for adolescents and
young adults battling cancer.
Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the
nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides
a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North
and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes
academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency
departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers,
home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as
well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare
System works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its
communities through high quality patient care, education and research
programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.