NEW BRUNSWICK – The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals according to the 2012-13 U.S.News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals that was officially released earlier this month.
BMSCH is one of only 80 children’s hospitals out of 178 surveyed nationally ranked in one or more specialties. BMSCH is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in the nation in Urology (No. 35) Pulmonology (No. 46) and Orthopedics (No. 49). The rankings feature 50 of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
“This recognition is clear evidence that BMSCH, along with our partners at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (UMDNJ-RWJMS) and our private physicians in the community, continues to define itself as a national leader in pediatric academic medicine,” notes Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “Earning this national distinction is the culmination of a shared vision to build a nationally distinguished pediatric academic health campus with our partners in New Jersey that provides access to unparalleled innovative technology and treatment to children and their families close to home.”
The 105-bed, free-standing Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is the focal point of a pediatric academic medical campus that also features UMDNJ-RWJMS’ Child Health Institute of New Jersey, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and Ronald McDonald House-New Brunswick.
For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.
This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists—150 in each specialty—were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.
The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.
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