Children’s Of Alabama Ranked Among Best Pediatric Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

• Kathy Bowers, 205/638-9002 (Kathy.bowers@childrensal.org)

BIRMINGHAM (June 11, 2013) – For the fourth consecutive year, Children’s of Alabama is ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by US News & World Report magazine.

Six of Children’s pediatric specialty services – Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Diabetes/Endocrinology, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology – were placed among the top 50 in the United States in the magazine’s 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospital rankings. The complete listing and corresponding rankings may be found at http://www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

“We are pleased to be recognized again this year for the type of care we offer here at Children’s,” said Children’s CEO and president Mike Warren. “It’s been an amazing year since the opening of our expansion last August and I think it is entirely appropriate that the focus of this award is on the care being given to children inside the new building.”

Children’s and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Departments of Pediatrics and Surgery collaborated to submit the requested information. Children’s is the primary site for pediatric clinical and educational programs for the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Families from across the nation made more than 670,000 outpatient visits to Children’s last year plus nearly 52,000 emergency department visits. More than 21,000 surgeries were performed in 2012.

“Children’s of Alabama deserves high praise,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Children’s brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospital 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.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at http://www.childrensal.org.

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