Once Again, Le Bonheur Named Among Nation's Best

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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was named this week to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals in five areas: neurology/neurosurgery; orthopedics, pulmonology, nephrology and cardiology/heart surgery.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital was named this week to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals in five areas: neurology/neurosurgery; orthopedics, pulmonology, nephrology and cardiology/heart surgery.

The hospital ranked in four specialties in 2011, and this year added a fifth area – pulmonology – to its list of nationally ranked programs.

“I am so pleased that Le Bonheur is included once again in the Best Children’s Hospitals listing,” said President and CEO Meri Armour, MSN/MBA.  “Our staff is dedicated to providing excellent care for kids so it is gratifying for us to be included among the nation’s best children’s hospitals.”

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital ranked 23rd in neurology/neurosurgery, 25th in orthopedics, 26th in pulmonology, 39th in nephrology and 48th in cardiology/heart surgery.

The U.S. News rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.

“Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Le Bonheur has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids. Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

For families of sick children, Best Children’s Hospitals provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.

This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists – 150 in each specialty – were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.

The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals. The rankings will also be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.