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Advocate Children's Hospital Ranked Among Nation's Best

OAK LAWN, IL--(Marketwired - June 11, 2013) -   For the third consecutive year, Advocate Children's Hospital has been listed among the nation's 50 top pediatric hospitals for cardiology and heart surgery in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals" 2013-14 rankings, which were released today (June 11).

And, for the second year in a row, the publication ranked Advocate Children's Hospital among the top 50 in neonatology.

Nearly 180 pediatric hospitals were invited to participate in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings survey. Eighty-seven children's hospitals qualified for recognition as a "top 50" in at least one of 10 specialties reviewed: cancer, cardiology/heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology/GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology/neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

"Being ranked among the country's leaders in pediatric care highlights our hospital's commitment to our patients and their families, the strength and experience of our health care teams and our ability to deliver the highest level of treatment in the safest manner possible," said Michael Farrell, president of Advocate Children's Hospital.

RTI International (Research Triangle Institute) collected and analyzed the data for determining the "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. Its methodology accounted for the level and quality of a hospital's resources directly related to patient care, such as staffing, technology and availability of special services; the delivery of health care, including the hospital's adherence to best practices; and clinical outcomes like patient survival, infection rates and complications.

Also given heavy weight (25 percent of the score) was the hospital's reputation, based on a survey of pediatric specialists and subspecialists concerning their perspectives on hospitals that they consider best for treating children with challenging health problems.

Advocate Children's Hospital received additional points in cardiology and heart surgery for having an adult congenital heart program, a pediatric trauma center and designation by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization as a national Center of Excellence in Life Support. It also maintained its national ranking in neonatology, even though U.S. News & World Report changed its methodology to limit ranking eligibility only to hospitals that meet requirements for treating the "riskiest infants."

"Our children's hospital excels in providing innovative solutions to pediatric heart problems that are so complex most other hospitals in the region are unable to address them," said Rabi Sulayman, MD, chair of pediatrics at Advocate Children's hospital-Oak Lawn.

Advocate Children's has one of the largest pediatric heart programs in the Midwest, and its neonatal intensive care units serve as a major referral center for infants born prematurely or with complex and life-threatening health problems.

Dr. Sulayman placed special emphasis on the hospital's designation as a Center of Excellence in Life support, indicating that such designation "distinguishes us as a leader in pediatric critical care and highlights our hospital's commitment and ability to provide the highest level of treatment to our patients." In fact, Advocate Children's Hospital has the state of Illinois' only pediatric team capable of transporting a child while the child is on ECMO, technology similar to heart-lung bypass.

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 offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level. The latest pediatric hospital rankings are now available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals

About Advocate Children's Hospital

As part of Advocate Health Care, Advocate Children's Hospital is the largest network provider of pediatric services in Illinois and among the top 10 in the nation. The two main campuses are located in the Chicago metropolitan region -- Oak Lawn in the southwest and Park Ridge in the northwest, with additional services accessible at other Advocate hospitals throughout the state. Advocate Children's Hospital serves as a major referral center for infants and children. Through a special, wholistic approach, Advocate Children's Hospital combines some of the country's most respected medical talent with exceptional and compassionate care. In fact, the children's hospital has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation's leaders in pediatric cardiology and neonatology, and numerous physicians have been cited as being among the "Top Doctors" regionally and nationally in their respective fields. Advocate Children's Hospital is staffed by more than 400 pediatricians and 230 pediatric subspecialists who offer a wide range of services for children.