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U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals: Staying Focused on Providing Best Outcomes

If you don’t keep track of how you’re doing, there’s no way to know if you’re getting better.

Michael Fisher, President and CEO

That’s why we measure just about everything at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. We’re dedicated to providing better outcomes for children, a better experience for them and their families, and greater value for everyone.

To do that, we measure.

When we look at the data and our outcomes over time, we see the evidence that our hospital is reliably delivering better care, reducing errors and preventing hospital-acquired infections.

So we’re not surprised to learn we rank highly in the latest US News & World Report survey of best children’s hospitals. Just take a look at the latest on-line edition of the national news magazine.

For the second time Cincinnati Children’s made the magazine’s honor roll because all of our specialty programs ranked among the top 10. Additionally, our medical center is among the top five programs in eight of the 10 specialty areas analyzed by the magazine, which include cancer, diabetes/endocrine disorders, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, urology and gastroenterology.

Once again, our gastroenterology team was ranked first by the magazine, the pulmonology team was second, we ranked number three for both kidney disorders and neonatal care, the cancer team was fourth and we had fifth place rankings for orthopedics and diabetes/endocrine disorders.

We’re proud of those numbers. We’re honored to be ranked among the best. In fact, our top-ranked programs are just the tip of the iceberg. As one of the most comprehensive children’s hospitals in the country, we provide outstanding care in many, many other pediatric specialties — and we do it with unprecedented attention to quality, safety, family experience and value.

Truth is, we’re never satisfied. We set the most challenging goals and measure how we’re doing. If we don’t meet our own high standards or fail to achieve our goals, we work even harder. When we see good progress, we set a higher goal.

Don’t get us wrong: we’re thrilled to have the recognition that provides us with high reputational scores in the US News survey. And it’s nice to see how we stack up against our peers in children’s hospitals in Boston, Philadelphia and elsewhere.

But what’s really important is that we stay focused on providing the best possible outcomes for the children we’re here to serve.

That’s why we’re always working to improve the way we deliver care and why we measure everything.

That’s how we know we’re getting better: virtually eliminated ventilator-associated pneumonia, reduced wait time for appointments, reduced hospital admission rates for asthma and other common childhood conditions.

And that’s why we believe that health care reform must focus on more than health insurance reform. True reform requires all hospitals to improve the quality, safety and reliability of their health care delivery systems.

Cincinnati Children’s is a pioneer on that transformational journey, and we’ve just reaffirmed our commitment in our new strategic plan, which begins by saying: “We will deliver demonstrably superior outcomes and experience at the lowest possible cost and discover and apply better ways to improve the health of more children, here and around the world.”

We have real measures in place to make sure we’re getting there. And we’ll share the outcomes.

But for now, we’ll take a moment (just a moment) to savor the latest US News rankings. And then, back to work.

The children are counting on us.

Michael Fisher is President and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s. In 2004 he joined the Cincinnati Children’s Board of Trustees where he strongly advocated for improving child health. Fisher feels that by becoming President and CEO, his sense of commitment, understanding and excitement for Cincinnati Children’s has amplified. 

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