University of Miami/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital Ranks Among the Nation’s Best

Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, published online today. The rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of the 10 pediatric specialties.

Holtz was ranked in seven specialties this year: 20th in diabetes and endocrinology, 25th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 33rd in nephrology, 44th in cardiology and heart surgery, and 45th in urology, 47th in pulmonology, and 48th in neonatology.

“Being recognized in seven specialties demonstrates the excellence of the medical team at UM/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Miller School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine. “We are extremely proud of everyone involved.”

“Holtz Children’s Hospital has a stellar reputation for its ability to deliver the best in advanced patient care to some of the most critically ill children locally and around the world,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “Families in South Florida are lucky to have the Holtz medical team available around the clock to provide compassionate, quality care to every child who needs it.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings pull together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey completed by the hospitals. That survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information. Data from the survey are combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists nationwide on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging medical problems.

“We are pleased to again be recognized this year by U.S. News & World Report as among the nation’s leading hospitals in a growing number of specialties,” said Judith L. Schaechter, M.D., professor and interim chair of pediatrics. “For more than 50 years, UM physicians and Jackson nurses have served children in South Florida and those who come from all over the world because at Holtz Children’s Hospital we treat healthcare as science and children like family. Our teams deliver the highest level of quality care and compassion, so sick children can get back to enjoying a healthy childhood. That’s what our team of dedicated doctors, nurses and child-focused professionals focuses on every day.”

“We are delighted and proud to once again be recognized by U.S. News as a “Best Children’s Hospital” for so many of our pediatric specialties,” said Barry Gelman, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics and chief medical officer of Holtz Children’s Hospital. “Located in South Florida’s only academic medical center, Holtz Children’s Hospital capitalizes on the size and reach of the Jackson Health System, and the expertise of medical faculty at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and UHealth, to bring comprehensive and innovative care to children in our community, and to referrals from all over Florida, the southeast U.S., the Caribbean, Central and South America, and beyond. ‘Miracles Made Daily’ is not only our motto, it’s our driving philosophy. Whatever the medical problem, we provide the best care for the best outcomes in a nurturing, family-centered environment. At Holtz, our passion is the health and well-being of your child, and every child.”

The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty nine hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 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 families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.

Five-sixths 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 of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

The rankings can be reviewed online and will also appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2015 guidebook, available in August.

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeastern United States. Through its experienced medical and support staff, including some of the top pediatricians in the nation, the facility provides research and treatment in a wide range of pediatric medical specialties.

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