Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Recognized Among The Top In U.S. News & World Report 2015-2016 Best Children's Hospitals

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Children's hospital in Broward recognized for third consecutive year as being among the top 50 in pediatric care

For the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital among the top in its Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. For the 2015-2016 rankings, J oe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital was recognized among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation in pediatric care in the following specialties: Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Urology and Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery.

“We are proud to be among the elite in providing pediatric specialty care, which speaks to our ongoing commitment to delivering quality patient care,” said Chantal Leconte, FACHE, administrator, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and pediatric services, Memorial Healthcare System. “We are committed to best practices and to our philosophy of patient and family-centered care, as well as the adoption of health information technology. These and many other components help us provide top quality and service to our patients.”

This recognition is a testimony to the sophisticated medical expertise available at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. All three specialties are part of one of the largest board-certified and fellowship-trained pediatric groups in South Florida. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides world-class care for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions of children, adolescents and young adults, including spinal deformities, sports injuries, hip disorders, limb deformity and leg length inequality, cerebral palsy and other neuromuscular disorders. The Division of Pediatric Urology provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of urological disorders, including vesicoureteral reflux, urinary tract diseases, chronic and congenital conditions. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Heart Institute offers comprehensive care for children, adolescents and young adults with a wide range of conditions, from heart transplants to the rarest, most complex congenital defects.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

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 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

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