U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rates Texas Children’s Hospital as America’s No. 1 pediatric pulmonology institution, and fourth overall among the nation’s best pediatric institutions.
The Houston hospital was also rated second in cancer pediatrics, second in cardiology and heart surgery, second in neurology and neurosurgery, and third in pediatric nephrology.
The news magazine has compiled its Best Hospitals rankings since 1990, and hospitals that excel in many U.S. categories, such as the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties, are awarded a ranking in the Honor Roll.
To compile the pediatric rankings, U.S. News & World Report gathers key clinical data from about 180 pediatric centers in a detailed survey questionnaire. The methodology evaluates a combination of outcome and care-related factors, such as quality of nursing care, outcomes, best practices, advanced technology, credentialing, reputation, infection prevention, and more.
Part of each hospital’s score is also derived from surveys questioning more than 10,000 pediatric specialists as to where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.
In the 2016-17 report, 78 children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one of the pediatric specialties U.S. News & World Report evaluates, with 11 of them scoring sufficiently high in three or more specialties to be named to the Honor Roll.
“This survey result demonstrates what we already know, Texas Children’s is one of the best places in the country for children in need of pulmonary care,” said Dr. Peter Hiatt, chief of pulmonary medicine at Texas Children’s and an associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine, in a press release. “Our team’s steadfast commitment to providing the most innovative treatments possible to our patients and families is what motivates us every single day to do better, to be better, with the ultimate goal of providing life-changing and life-saving treatments to children in need.”
Texas Children’s, which is a not-for-profit institution, offers a range of services for treating children with pulmonary issues, and is involved in research covering a wide range of both common and rare pediatric pulmonary disorders. The hospital operates specialty clinics focused specifically on cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, pulmonary hypertension, tracheostomy, and ventilator issues, as well as sickle-cell focused pulmonary issues clinics, aerodigestive multispecialty clinics, and more.
The Texas Children’s Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Care Center is the only accredited pediatric CF center in Southeast Texas, and also provides comprehensive clinical services to assist CF patients, their families, and referring physicians in dealing with the many problematic issues associated with the disease.
Texas Children’s Pulmonary Hypertension Program has been diagnosing and treating patients with pediatric pulmonary hypertension since 2001, and is one of only a few pulmonary hypertension programs in the U.S. specifically dedicated to treating children. The hospital, in its teaching role, is able to offer extensive training in diagnosis and treatment of infants, children, and teens afflicted with this rare disorder.
A service offered by the hospital’s dedicated Asthma Center helps families learn more about identifying their children’s asthma triggers and in determining what their goals are for asthma control. The Asthma Center’s multidisciplinary team is staffed by both pulmonary medicine and pediatric allergy and immunology experts, who work together with the family and referring physician to create a tailored daily management plan and an acute rescue plan to help prevent asthma episodes.
Another Texas Children’s pediatric pulmonology asset is one of the world’s largest, most successful pediatric lung transplant programs. The hospital is one of only two institutions worldwide that performs more than 10 pediatric lung transplants annually. Texas Children’s also offers shorter transplant wait times than most other pediatric lung transplant programs, with the median wait being less than four months, and has performed lung transplants in children from around the country.
A video about Texas Children’s U.S. News ranking in pulmonology can be viewed at http://youtu.be/nIquiuhCgeU
The 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals is available online at http://usnews.com/childrenshospitals.
To learn more about pulmonary care delivered at Texas Children’s, visit http://texaschildrens.org/pulmonology.