Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals. The rankings are based on quality-related data, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and procedure volume and, to a lesser degree, peer-to-peer rankings.
The annual rankings feature 50 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.
OHSU Doernbecher Children’s ranks among the nation’s top 50 in:
- Cardiology and heart surgery
- Diabetes and endocrinology
- Neurology and neurosurgery
“I am enormously proud of the Doernbecher doctors, nurses and other staff who work so hard on behalf of our patients and families, and I’m delighted that they’ve received this recognition,” said Stacy Nicholson, M.D., M.P.H., Physician-in-Chief at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Credit Unions for Kids Professor and Chair of Pediatrics in the OHSU School of Medicine.
For the 2012-13 rankings, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data, including availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The data survey comprised 75 percent of the rankings. In a separate reputational survey, 1,500 pediatric specialists nationwide — 150 in each specialty — were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, and their response made up the remaining 25 percent.
According to U.S. News, for families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides “unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings.” Since its 2007 debut, the children’s hospital rankings have “put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.”
Full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.
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