NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has been named one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals according to the 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report ranking of America's Best Children’s Hospitals officially released today.
BMSCH is one of only 80 children’s hospitals out of 178 surveyed nationally ranked in one or more specialties. It is ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation in Urology (No. 35), Pulmonology (No. 46) and Orthopedics (No. 49).
The rankings feature 50 of the nation's best children’s 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.
“This recognition is clear evidence that BMSCH, along with our partners at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and our private physicians in the community, continues to define itself as a national leader in pediatric academic medicine,” notes Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “Earning this national distinction is the culmination of a shared vision to build a nationally distinguished pediatric academic health campus with our partners in New Jersey that provides access to unparalleled innovative technology and treatment to children and their families close to home.”
The 105-bed, free-standing Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is the focal point of a pediatric academic medical campus that also features UMDNJ-RWJMS’ Child Health Institute of New Jersey, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and Ronald McDonald House - New Brunswick.
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 also will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.
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About The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital
The 105-bed Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (BMSCH) at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital remains the focal point of New Brunswick’s growing children’s health campus, which also includes UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s (UMDNJ-RWJMS) Child Health Institute of New Jersey, PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital and Ronald McDonald House-New Brunswick. BMSCH consistently ranks in the top one percent of all children’s hospitals nationwide for patient satisfaction. BMSCH has nearly 10,000 inpatient admissions and 22,000 pediatric emergency room visits annually. From pediatric surgery, urology and cardiology to oncology, hematology and pulmonology, BMSCH benefits from the talent and expertise of specialists and intensivists affiliated with UMDNJ-RWJMS and community physician practices who provide advanced care for children of all ages.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (www.bmsch.org). As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the only Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, an “A” patient safety rating from the Leapfrog Group and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.
The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center. The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.