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Levine Children’s Hospital (LCH) has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as being among the top 50 “Best Children’s Hospitals” in the nation for pediatric care in six specialties. In addition to being recognized in nephrology for the third time, LCH’s cancer, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, gastroenterology, neonatology and orthopedics services have been newly recognized in the U.S. News’ 2012-2013 rankings, which were released to the public today.
LCH ranked number 26 in gastroenterology; number 34 in cancer; number 33 in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery; number 40 in nephrology; number 41 in orthopedics; and number 43 in neonatology.
“We are honored that the work of our physicians and staff has been recognized at a national level,” said Leonard G. Feld, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of Pediatrics at LCH. “These individuals put forth great effort each and every day to ensure the highest level of care for our patients. It is our pleasure to be included among such a select group of peer institutions for delivering clinical excellence in each of these areas. We are committed to continuously upholding our reputation as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals."
Dr. Feld also noted that it was unusual for LCH to receive rankings in so many specialty areas so soon after the hospital’s opening in 2007. “It is truly remarkable to have six programs honored in such a short period of time. Our rankings speak to the tremendous efforts that our physicians devote to their patients on a daily basis, and reflect an equally impressive amount of teamwork and dedication exhibited by each individual at LCH.”
Martha Whitecotton, President of LCH, said that rankings of this magnitude “recognize the expertise not only of our physicians who specialize in these six areas of service, but of the entire medical team at LCH that supports them. It reflects well on each and every member of the LCH medical community when we garner such national recognition. These rankings are very competitive, and it is an honor to have third-party validation that we are delivering the highest-quality care to our patients in each of these service areas.”
Now in its sixth year, the “Best Children’s Hospitals” listing is based on clinical and operational data from a comprehensive annual survey. The survey includes such items as survival rates, nurse staffing and availability of sub-specialists. Survey findings are combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists regarding the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.
EDITOR’S NOTE: To see stories from patients who have recently benefited from some of the most complex services provided at LCH, please visit www.carolinashealthcare.org/USNews