Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mott Hospital earns top rankings from U.S. News & World Report

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital is among the best children's hospitals in the country in pediatric specialties and is the only hospital in Michigan ranked in all 10 specialties evaluated, according to the U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.


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The hospital is nationally ranked in all 10 of the evaluated categories including sixth in the country in cardiology and heart surgery, 20th in urology, 20th in nephrology, 21st in diabetes and endocrinology and among the country's best in cancer, gastroenterology, neurology and neurosurgery, neonatology, pulmonology and orthopedics.

Mott has been named among the nation's best in these rankings since they were introduced in 2007.

The new rankings recognize the top 50 children's hospitals in each of those 10 pediatric specialties.

"We are extremely proud that we continue to get high rankings from U.S. News & World Report for the tremendous care we provide to our patients and families at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital," says Dr. Ora H. Pescovitz, executive vice president for medical affairs and CEO of the U-M Health System.

"We strive for an ideal patient care experience, so it's wonderful to receive recognition for our efforts and to be ranked year after year among the nation's best in all the specialties."

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 quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

"We have worked very hard at improving quality of care, safety and patient satisfaction at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, so it is very meaningful to be honored once again as a comprehensive children's hospital in all of the specialty pediatric disciplines," says Dr. Valerie Castle, Ravitz Foundation Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.

Dr. Chris Dickinson, interim executive director of Mott Hospital, said he's glad U.S. News and World Report has recognized the tremendous care provided for the children at the hospital.

"This ranking, along with the recent Parents Magazine ranking that placed C.S. Mott Children's Hospital eighth in the nation, demonstrate that we are on the right track, providing top-notch care for often the sickest children with the most complicated diseases from Michigan and around the world," says Dickinson, professor of pediatric gastroenterology.

Mott's highest ranking was in heart care and heart surgery, sixth in the nation.

The hospital's Congenital Heart Center performs more than 850 cardiac operations each year — from the most common to the most complex. As an international referral center for children with complex congenital heart problems, U-M has the second-largest congenital heart program in the United States.

"Our teams of caregivers really shine in all of our programs, so we're thrilled to be ranked among the nation's best in all 10 categories evaluated," says Dr. John Park, surgeon-in-chief and Cheng Yang Chang professor of pediatric urology. "Here at the University of Michigan we are committed to becoming the leaders and best in innovative interdisciplinary care, merging kind and compassionate healing with cutting-edge research and education."

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 rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.