Thursday, September 13, 2007

Data Enters the Picture

Best Children's Hospitals

Mr. B. has previously posted on the local medical arms race involving children's hospitals as has a faculty member in the School of Journalism. This new US News ranking breaks with past ones in that more than just reputation is taken into consideration. Two institutions in the state of Minnesota are ranked: Children's Hospital and Clinic of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and the Mayo Clinic. Congratulations to them for this well deserved recognition.

US News 2007 Rankings:

U.S.News & World Report Ranks America's Best Children's Hospitals

By (BI) Michael Worringer

WASHINGTON, Aug. -- In a further extension of its "America's Best" series, U.S.News & World Report unveiled its first stand-alone "America's Best Children's Hospitals" issue, featuring a detailed ranking of the finest pediatric facilities in the United States.

The exclusive data will be published in the magazine's Sept. 3 issue, on newsstands Monday, Aug. 27, and is available online at

Topping the 30 hospitals listed for 2007 is Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, followed by Children's Hospital Boston and Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital. While, in the past, pediatric hospitals have been ranked based on reputation alone in the magazine's annual America's Best Hospitals issue, this expanded children's hospital ranking is based not only on reputation, but also on data and statistics about hospital performance and quality of care.

1. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2. Children's Hospital Boston
3. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
4. Children's Hospital, Denver
5. Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland
6. Texas Children's Hospital, Houston
7. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
8. New York-Presbyterian Univ. Hosp. of Columbia and Cornell
9. Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle
10. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Palo Alto, Calif.
11. Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
12. Columbus Children's Hospital
13. Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
14. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
15. St. Louis Children's Hospital
16. UCSF Children's Hospital, San Francisco
17. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
18. Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
19. Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
20. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis
21. Mattel Children's Hospital at UCLA, Los Angeles
22. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Ann Arbor
23. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
24. Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
25. Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago
26. Miami Children's Hospital
27. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis
28. Children's Medical Center Dallas
29. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
30. Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

So what does it all mean? It would appear that Children's Hospital and Mayo have a leg up on BigU and that their operations are well regarded. Milwaukee is not that far away. As will be seen shortly in a post, the University of Minnesota Hospital does not seem to have its pediatrics operation where it should be - at least by these measures, which a lot of people consider. Perhaps the money (is it $150 million?) planned to be used for a new building could be better spent bucking up the pediatrics operation? But to be fair, since BigU has sold its hospital to Fairview, they may have less to say about this than when they were in full control

Ciao, Bonzo

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