By Gary Lloyd
BIRMINGHAM — For the fifth consecutive year, Children’s of Alabama is ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.
Eight of Children’s pediatric specialty services – Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, Neonatology, Cancer and Pulmonology – were placed among the top 50 in the United States in the magazine’s 2014-2015 Best Children’s Hospital rankings.
“We are very pleased that for the fifth straight year we are ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals,” said Children’s CEO and President Mike Warren. “Without question we provide exceptional care, service and comfort to the patients who are entrusted to us.”
Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery collaborated to submit the requested information. Children’s is the primary site for pediatric clinical and educational programs for the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
“The U.S. News & World Report ranking is further acknowledgement of the standard set by Children’s of Alabama,” said Sergio Stagno, M.D., physician-in-chief of Children’s and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.
Families from every county in the state, 41 other states and four foreign countries made more than 670,000 outpatient visits to Children’s last year, plus more than 60,000 emergency department visits. More than 21,000 surgeries were performed in 2013. About half of all admissions come through the emergency department.
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