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U.S. News & World Report ranks OHSU Doernbecher among the nation’s best children’s hospitals

Hospital recognized for excellence in specialties, including pediatric cancer, cardiology and neurology

For the sixth consecutive year, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital ranks among the best children’s hospitals in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals.

This year, OHSU Doernbecher received recognition in the following pediatric specialties:

  • 27th in Cancer
  • 49th in Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • 31st in Neonatology
  • 25th in Nephrology
  • 34th in Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • 40th in Pulmonology
  • 49th in Urology

“This consistent national recognition is a testament to the extraordinary care provided by OHSU Doernbecher physicians, nurses and staff,” said Jodi Coombs, R.N., M.B.A., vice president for Women’s & Children’s Services, OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. “It is important that families have complete confidence in their pediatric care, and we are proud to be able to provide this comfort across Oregon, Southwest Washington and beyond.”

Since it first applied for consideration in 2009, OHSU Doernbecher remains the only medical center in Oregon whose pediatric specialties meet U.S. News’ criteria for:

  • Level and quality of hospital resources, including staffing, technology and special services.
  • Delivery of care, such as reputation among pediatric specialists, programs that prevent infections and adherence to best practices.
  • Clinical outcomes, including patient survival infection rates and complications

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’ top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialty areas based on an extensive analysis using a methodology that combines clinical and operational data collected directly from a survey of children’s hospitals, results from a reputational survey of board-certified pediatric specialists and supplemental information from resources such as the National Cancer Institute. Eighty-three hospitals nationwide ranked in at least one specialty.

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 families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 184 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, etc., can be viewed online and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook in September.

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