For the third consecutive year, The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has been named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals, according to the 2014-15 U.S.News & World Report ranking of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.
BMSCH is one of only 89 children’s hospitals out of 183 surveyed nationally ranked in one or more specialties. BMSCH is ranked among the top children’s hospitals in Pediatric Urology (#39).
The eighth annual rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. In the 2014-15 rankings, 89 hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.
“Earning this outstanding national recognition is the direct result of a shared commitment among all partners on our pediatric academic medical campus to provide families with the finest pediatric care and destination therapies available anywhere in the United States, directly in the heart of New Jersey,” notes Michael Antoniades, MPA, Senior Vice President of Operations of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and BMSCH. “Here at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital, we strive to create a warm, caring and healing environment so our children can recover from their illnesses and return home to get back to doing the things they love. We’re proud that U.S.News & World Report recognized the quality of our hospital for the third consecutive year.”
The 105-bed, free-standing Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is the focal point of a pediatric academic medical campus that also features Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Child Health Institute of New Jersey, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and Ronald McDonald House-New Brunswick. The Embrace Kids Foundation provides generous support to many programs and services offered at BMSCH.
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.
The methodology behind the new rankings underwent various changes. The scoring weight assigned to infection prevention and to use of “best practices” was increased and the weight of hospital reputation was decreased, to cite two such changes.
Five-sixths (83.3 percent) of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth (16.7 percent) derived from three years’ of responses to an annual survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and procedure volume are among the many kinds of information about each ranked hospital that can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook (ISBN 978-1-931469-64-7), which will be available in August.
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