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For 5th Year in a Row, Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL, Ranks Among 50 Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

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>PRWEB.COM NewswireJacksonville, Florida (PRWEB) June 10, 2014

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wolfson Children's Hospital among the 50 Best Children's Hospitals in the nation for Neurology & Neurology.

These rankings highlight U.S. News's top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

Wolfson Children's Hospital President Michael D. Aubin said, "Wolfson Children's Hospital – along with our pediatric healthcare partners, Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville – is happy to be named one of the top 50 children's hospitals in the country for the fifth year in a row. Our Wolfson Children's Hospital Neuroscience Institute is among the best in the country, bringing children and their families from around the U.S. and the world to Jacksonville for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system. We are proud of the efforts of our medical faculty, nurses and all of our staff for their commitment to outstanding, safe, effective children's health care. U.S. News rankings assure parents that their children can get the same comprehensive, quality pediatric health care here in North Florida and South Georgia that is available at other nationally known children's hospitals."

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 open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital's performance.

Five-sixths of each hospital's score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

"Wolfson Children's Hospital deserves high praise," said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness."

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals 2015" guidebook, which will be available in August.

David J. Bailey, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Nemours, says: "Nemours Children's Health System has made a promise to help children grow up healthy and reach their full potential. We are honored that these specialty rankings from U.S. News & World Report recognize the expertise, dedication and teamwork of our physicians, nurses, researchers and staff, working in partnership with families to improve and restore the health of children entrusted to our care. Our commitment extends beyond the walls of Nemours to the care we provide through outstanding hospital partners, sharing our expertise and capabilities to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions, and doing so at the highest level, every time."

Mark L. Hudak, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics for the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, says, "The University of Florida has always strived to provide the very best care to the children and families of Northeast Florida and beyond. For years, we have believed that the quality of care and the depth of medical expertise that children can access in our community is on a par with some of the best pediatric centers in the country. Over the years, a strong collaboration among the Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Clinic, and University of Florida organizations has catalyzed significant growth and advances in pediatric programs. This continuing recognition by U.S. News will help all of us recruit new pediatric physicians, nurses and other specialists, as well as attract high-caliber pediatric residents and fellows to our teaching programs. This will ensure not only that we sustain our level of excellence, but also that we continue to expand the scope of care available to our children."

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume, and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available beginning in August.


About Wolfson Children's Hospital
Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, serves as our region's pediatric referral center and only hospital just for kids. The 213-bed, patient- and family-centered hospital features an environment filled with bright colors, warm smiles and the latest children's medical technology. At Wolfson Children's Hospital, nationally recognized pediatric specialists representing nearly every medical and surgical specialty work with pediatricians to provide care for children of all ages with congenital heart conditions, cancer, neurological disorders, orthopaedic conditions, behavioral health disorders, and more. The hospital is staffed by pediatric nurses and other healthcare professionals specially trained to work with children. Wolfson Children's pediatric partners include Nemours Children's Clinic, Jacksonville, the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, and Mayo Clinic Florida. For additional information, visit

About Nemours
Nemours (NAH-mors) is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware and the Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Florida along with major pediatric specialty clinics in Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. du Pont, Nemours offers pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to all families in the communities it serves. For more information, visit

About the University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville
The University of Florida College of Medicine–Jacksonville is the largest of three UF colleges on the 110-acre University of Florida Health at Jacksonville. The college's 15 clinical science departments house more than 380 faculty members. The college offers more than 30 different graduate medical education programs and has more than 300 residents and fellows in training. Last year, the college secured more than $19 million for research projects – the sixth consecutive year funding has increased.

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