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Levine Children’s Hospital Named Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report - Archived

"The repeat of these rankings is further evidence of the commitment of Carolinas HealthCare System to a fully integrated system of care delivery for children.”

Martha Whitecotton
Levine Children’s Hospital

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital was again named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 2013-2014. Despite opening its doors just six years ago, this is the fourth year that Levine Children’s Hospital has appeared in the prestigious rankings and the second consecutive year that the hospital has ranked in multiple categories.

In the current 2013-2014 rankings, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital was named among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals in nephrology (36th), cardiology and heart surgery (37th) gastroenterology and GI surgery (41st), neonatology (46th) and oncology (49th).

“This is a national recognition that truly demonstrates our physicians’ and staff’s commitment to clinical excellence,” said Leonard G. Feld, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of Pediatrics at 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.”

Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offers comprehensive pediatric services in more than 30 pediatric subspecialty areas, and includes:

  • Inpatient general pediatrics
  • Intensive care services for pediatric and neonatal patients
  • The only Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities accredited inpatient pediatric rehabilitative care in North Carolina, which includes 13 rehabilitation beds
  • Outpatient services focusing on subspecialty ambulatory care and procedural services
  • Emergency care, with the region’s only dedicated pediatric Emergency Department open 24/7

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level. The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty-seven hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.

“When we opened in 2007, we made a promise to expand the scope of services available to children in this region, to improve access to specialty care, to recruit the most talented physicians and medical staff, and to produce the highest quality outcomes,” said Martha Whitecotton, president of Levine Children’s Hospital. “The repeat of these rankings is further evidence of the commitment of Carolinas HealthCare System to a fully integrated system of care delivery for children.”

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its 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. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty.

The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.