Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital ranks as the top pediatric hospital on Florida’s west coast, according to 2018-2019 Best Children’s Hospital rankings released Tuesday by U.S. News & World Report.
The hospital rated among the nation’s best in five specialties in the magazine’s annual rankings of children’s hospitals across the county. Johns Hopkins All Children’s had the highest ranking in Florida for neonatology and was the only hospital in Florida to rank in nephrology.
“For our organization, U.S. News & World Report is not a competition, it is an opportunity to measure our evolution into a leading pediatric academic health system against standards established by our peers,” said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and vice dean at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. “Our results show we are making great progress. Our accomplishments to date are a testament to our physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists, environmental services and food services workers, and other team members who demonstrate, every day, a deep commitment to our patients and their families. It is humbling and inspiring to be part of this organization.”
Each year, U.S. News & World Report conducts a survey of pediatric specialists and collects clinical data related to patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, clinical resources and compliance with best practices. The information gathered helps families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available and serves as the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.
Improvements to patient safety and to staffing levels helped the Johns Hopkins All Children’s neonatology program rank for the second time in three years, placing 31st. As part of the Maternal, Fetal & Neonatal Institute, the neonatologists are part of a continuum of care program that begins during pregnancy, continues through birth and extends into early childhood with monitoring of children up to age 5. The program creates value for expectant mothers by organizing what could otherwise be fragmented care.
In the Orthopedics category, the Johns Hopkins All Children’s program, a collaboration with Children’s Orthopaedic and Scoliosis Surgery Associates, ranked 32nd. The team provides specialized care across the spectrum of pediatric orthopedic services. It is the fourth time in the past five years it has been ranked.
The neurology and neurosurgery program ranked 37th, its second consecutive year in the rankings. The four-member neurosurgery team, led by world-renowned George Jallo, M.D., is the largest in Florida with both minimally invasive and open surgery.
The nephrology program, a collaboration with USF Health, ranked for the first time, checking in at No. 50.