Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Ranks in Orthopedics in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospital Rankings

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:33 pm EDT

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Washington, D.C.
"Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one."

Hard work and dedication are paying off for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, which received the coveted recognition of being ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Although this is Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s first appearance on the rankings, placing 50th in orthopedics, pediatric category, hospital leaders feel the inclusion stands as a testament to the caliber of medical expertise that is available closer to home. The hospital’s orthopedic team has the largest group of fellowship-trained pediatric orthopedic surgeons in South Florida.

“Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty-seven 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.

Each hospital’s reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital’s score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“We are honored to be ranked among the best programs in the country,” said Chantal Leconte, Administrator, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Services, Memorial Healthcare System. “For our community, this is incredible news.”

About Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Orthopedic program

Developed to meet the orthopedic needs of the pediatric & adolescent population the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery serves all children with orthopedic injuries ranging from scoliosis and spinal deformities, bone tumors, fractures, limb lengthening deformities, hip injuries and disorders, and sports injuries through the U18 Sports Medicine program.

About Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood, Fla., is a facility of Memorial Healthcare System, the fifth-largest public healthcare system in the nation. It is one of the region’s leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs in a child-friendly environment, supervised by the largest diversity of board-certified specialists. It is the only pediatric hospital in Broward County performing cardiac transplants and was the first to open an inpatient rehabilitation unit that now serves South Florida. As an advocate for children's healthcare and related causes, the 204-bed facility also offers community education, child safety programs and the Conine Clubhouse, a home away from home for families of hospitalized children. For more information, visit jdch.com.