St. Louis Children's Hospital has been included in U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll for pediatric hospitals. The Honor Roll is part of the publication's annual report on America's Best Children's Hospitals. St. Louis Children's Hospital was ranked as the sixth best pediatric hospital by the publication.
The annual report evaluated hospitals in 10 specialty care areas. St. Louis Children's ranked in the top 10 in four of those specialties, qualifying it for the prestigious Honor Roll. Only 10 pediatric hospitals nationwide received such a distinction, according to a hospital news release. Children's Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in Missouri to make the Honor Roll.
Across the country, 87 hospitals ranked in one or more specialties. St. Louis Children's ranked in all 10: neurology and neurosurgery (number 2), neonatology/newborn medicine (number 3), orthopedics (number 6), pulmonology (number 8), cardiology and heart surgery (number 14), cancer (number 15), nephrology (number 21), diabetes and endocrinology (number 22), gastroenterology (number 18), and urology (number 22). The majority of the report is based on detailed quality information including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and more.
"We are delighted the professionals who track clinical excellence nationwide recognize what we see every day: a team of physicians and staff who consistently give our patients and families the best care pediatric medicine can offer," said Joan Magruder, St. Louis Children's Hospital president. "And while we care for children across our community and region, we continue to grow as a destination center for families around our country and the world seeking the highest quality care."
The hospital's success draws from its ability to provide more than today's best medicine. "We provide tomorrow's medicine," explains Dr. Alan Schwartz, Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine and Pediatrician-in-Chief at St. Louis Children's Hospital. "St. Louis Children's Hospital provides an immediate application for some of the most promising scientific discoveries at Washington University School of Medicine, its academic partner." The hospital's medical staff includes over 500 Washington University pediatric specialists.
"We believe a number of factors helped elevate us in the rankings," says Dr. F. Sessions Cole, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Newborn Medicine at St. Louis Children's and Washington University School of Medicine. "Over the last year, we've implemented new strategies to reduce blood stream infections, with dramatic results across our patient population. Additionally, we offer transport services for the most critical babies, those on ECMO heart and lung support, a service offered at only a handful of hospitals."