Riley Hospital Nationally Ranked in 10 Pediatric Specialties

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Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is once again distinguished as the only nationally ranked children’s hospital in Indiana by U.S. News & World Report, which released its 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings today. Riley Hospital at IU Health ranked in ten out of ten pediatric specialties.

This year, fewer than 100 U.S. children’s hospitals were ranked in at least one of the 10 pediatric specialties U.S.News evaluates. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation among pediatric specialists around the country, Riley at IU Health ranked in each of these areas, including: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Riley at IU Health is one of only 21 children’s hospitals to have ranked in all ten pediatric specialties.

“This distinction is reflective of our team’s skill and compassion in treating our patients, and the incredible impact it has on the lives of Indiana’s children and families,” said Paul R. Haut, MD, interim president and chief medical officer at Riley at IU Health. “From the routine to the unforeseen, the level of care and commitment that each child receives is what really distinguishes Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.”

Riley at IU Health continues to be ranked among the top 50 pediatric facilities nationwide for a range of pediatric specialties. Notably, the hospital’s urology program has been named No. 4 in the country.

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 provide an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

“We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness,” said U.S.News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise.”

To gather clinical data, U.S.News & World Report sent a clinical questionnaire to 184 pediatric hospitals. More than 80 percent of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. The remaining percentage derived from a survey of 2,769 pediatric specialists.  The survey asked physicians to give the names of up to ten hospitals in their specialty that provide the best care to patients with serious conditions, without considering location or expense.

Further details on the rankings can be viewed online and in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available in August.

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