|A National Parenting Publication Has Once Again Named All Children's Hospital as One of The Top 25 Children's Hospitals in the United States|
A National Parenting Publication Has Once Again Named All Children's Hospital as One of The Top 25 Children's Hospitals in the United States
(January 5, 2005) St. Petersburg, FL – A national parenting publication has once again named All Children's Hospital as one of the top 25 children’s hospitals in the United States. All Children’s is the only Florida hospital to make the list. For the cover story of its February edition, Child Magazine released results of a survey it conducted of children’s facilities across the nation. All Children’s was ranked 21st nationally after an extensive evaluation of information provided by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and a 164-question survey developed by a physician expert panel.
Similar Child magazine surveys of children’s hospitals, published in February of 2001 and 2003, also ranked All Children’s Hospital among the top 25 nationwide. This honor places All Children’s among some very distinguished company. The full listing of the survey results can be found in the February edition of Child Magazine and on the magazine’s web site at www.child.com.
“We are honored to once again be recognized among the best in pediatric healthcare nationwide,” said Gary Carnes, President & CEO of All Children’s Health System. “The 2004 Child Magazine survey was the most in-depth comparison of children’s healthcare settings to date. Several of our peers on this list have been long-standing leaders in pediatrics with established links to the most prestigious academic centers in the world. Others have joined the ranks with new patient facilities and commitments to pediatric research – much as we are developing right here at All Children’s. We are proud to be considered among such honored company. We remain committed to furthering excellence in pediatric treatment, teaching and research that will also increase our standing among the best children’s hospitals in the future.”
In fact, several key factors assessed in the magazine’s survey relate directly to developments currently in the works at All Children’s Hospital. Construction of a new hospital will begin this year, based on design plans developed with input from patients and families as well as hospital staff to assure a focus on family centered care. A new ambulatory care and physician office building are also planned immediately adjacent to the new hospital, along with covered parking for increased convenience and safety. And All Children’s commitment to research continues through its partnership with the University of South Florida at the Children’s Research Institute, where a national search is currently underway to fill four additional Endowed Chairs with distinguished researchers.
To be considered for the Child magazine survey, a hospital must be among the 144 full members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Child magazine narrowed the field to 100, based on each hospital’s evaluation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a nonprofit agency that visits each hospital to complete a broad-based review of the quality of care for patients in all areas of the hospital. JCAHO grades hospitals on many measures that relate to the safe delivery of high-quality care, such as policies and procedures for medication use, anesthesia care, infection control, and more. At the time of its last JCAHO survey, All Children’s Hospital earned one of the highest scores in the nation for pediatric hospitals.
All of the semi-finalists then received a detailed 164-question survey developed in conjunction with a team of advisers engaged especially for this story. The 2004 survey was almost twice the length of those used in previous years. It covered questions pertaining to outcomes statistics for transplant, cancer, cardiac and neonatal care; staff qualifications; nurse-to-patient ratios; commitment/funded dollars for research and comforts such as Child Life specialists who use toys and games to ease a patient’s fears. The inquiry was then expanded to include safety issues as well as specific data on two additional hospital services for 2004 – emergency medicine and orthopedic care. Child magazine’s analysis of the scores found that five of the previous top hospitals remained on the list and six new hospitals emerged (two tied at the tenth spot). For more information or for a list of the top 25 children’s hospitals, go to www.child.com.