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Mott is fifth in the nation, best in Michigan

An independent national survey has confirmed what thousands of children and parents already knew: U-M's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is one of the best places in America for kids who need medical care.

Mott ranks fifth in the list of top 10 children's hospitals released last week by Child magazine. It is the only children's hospital in Michigan to make the top 10 list. In addition, the quality of pediatric heart care at Mott earned a national rank of fifth in the specialty of cardiology, the best in the entire Midwest.

"We're absolutely thrilled to have this independent recognition of the excellence we strive for every day," says Patricia Warner, the U-M associate hospital director who oversees Mott. "Every member of the Mott team deserves credit for making our hospital the best it can be. Together, our hard work has paid off."

"This ranking is based on solid data that reflect the high quality of care and the broad range of services we providemaking our rank that much more meaningful," says Dr. Lazar Greenfield, interim executive vice president for medical affairs.

The Child ranking was compiled using statistics and information on a broad range of medical, surgical and supportive care, and research and education, at 178 children's hospitals nationwide. It is the second time the magazine has ranked such facilities, but the new ranking is based on a more exhaustive methodology than before. In 2001, Mott ranked ninth overall. This is the first year specialties have been ranked.

The hospital facility, built in 1969, is named after industrialist and philanthropist Charles Stewart Mott, whose foundation's $6.5 million gift in 1964 helped make construction possible. Necessary renovations were made in 1994, again with assistance from the C.S. Mott Foundation.

Today, Mott has grown to include inpatient and outpatient pediatric specialty care in numerous disciplines, a surgical suite with nine operating rooms, a 28-bed intesive care unit, the 37-bed Level III Holden Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for critically ill newborns, a child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit, an 11-bed pediatric emergency department, and a Level I pediatric trauma program that is one of only 13 in North America.

More than 165 physicians from the Medical School faculty see patients at Mott. Virtually all of those who see patients are board certified in pediatrics or a pediatric subspecialty, as are many Mott nurses.

Child magazine took many factors into account when compiling its list, with the aim of helping parents understand all the components that make a good children's hospital. Child's ranking process began with the 100 hospitals that are full members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. The magazine then looked at the results of each institution's evaluation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), an independent agency. JCAHO, which accredited all of the U-M's hospitals and health centers in 2001, conducts a rigorous three-day examination of treatment protocols, record-keeping, dispensing of medication, and dozens of other areas.

Fifty-four finalist hospitals then were sent a comprehensive 72-question survey developed by Child magazine's medical advisory board. The survey addressed issues ranging from cancer survival rates to the extent of the hospital's Child Life programs for the emotional needs of patients. Child's medical advisory board reviewed and evaluated the survey results.

Besides Mott, the other 10 best children's hospitals in the nation are: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Children's Hospital Boston; Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland; Texas Children's Hospital, Houston; St. Louis Children's Hospital; Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, Mo.; Children's Hospital & Regional Medical Center, Seattle; and Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City.

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