U of M hospital ranked 8th best pediatric facility in nation

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital makes 10 best list by 'Parents Magazine' for overall pediatric, specialty care

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Monday, "Parents Magazine" announced their list of the top 10 children's hospitals across the nation.

University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital ranked 8th and was the only Michigan hospital to make the list.

In compiling the list of top pediatric facilities, the magazine ranked key areas including treatment success, groundbreaking research and family-friendly facilities.

"This is a major point of pride for our Health System, for the State of Michigan and for everyone who helped make the new C.S. Mott Children's Hospital a reality, including our patient and family partners," said Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., executive vice president for medical affairs of the University of Michigan and chief executive officer of the U-M Health System. "I am incredibly proud of our talented faculty and staff who discover and deliver the best and most advanced care for children – this honor belongs to them."

C.S. Mott opened a new 348-bed building in December 2011.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by a magazine trusted by so many parents for advice on raising healthy children," said Chris Dickinson, M.D., interim executive director of C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics. "It is gratifying to be recognized for the top-notch care we provide, as well as for our groundbreaking research conducted by our faculty that truly changes the way pediatric diseases are treated around the world."

The new hospital features many patient and family-centered amenities like private rooms, family exercise facilities, an in-house Ronald McDonald house, playrooms and lounges with laundry and kitchen facilities, on-demand food, and internet and in-room movies.

"At C.S. Mott, the new building has given us a great place to do the great work that our doctors and nurses provide each and every day to the children we serve," said Valerie P. Castle, professor and chair of the department of pediatrics and communicable diseases. "But this ranking also highlights our commitment to researching new and better ways to combat the diseases that afflict children worldwide. As one of the nation's leading children's hospitals in NIH funding to research pediatric disease, we are proud of our discoveries and scientific programs that improve children's health."

Hospitals on the list were ranked by editors from the magazine, with input from a team of medical advisors, based on responses to detailed questions in the areas of : survival rates for childhood cancer, pediatric heart disease, and other critical conditions; experience in performing certain complex procedures; depth of the research program; safeguards to prevent medical errors; staffing ratios and quality; community outreach; and services that address the emotional needs of families of patients.

All surveyed hospitals are members of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions.

"Making an informed decision about your child's health care can be overwhelming, especially in the face of a serious illness," says Dana Points, editor in chief of the magazine. "We created this guide with the hope of making it easier to find a great hospital when you need one most." 

The full list will appear in the March 2013 issue on newsstands February 12th, or online at Parents.com

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