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Arnold Palmer Hospital Named One of the Best Children’s Hospitals

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children was ranked in seven pediatric specialties.


Geo Morales, APR
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Wednesday, May 10, 2015) — U.S. News & World Report has ranked Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in the 2015-16 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings. It is the only hospital in Orlando to be ranked.

The hospital was ranked among the “Best Children’s Hospitals” in seven pediatric specialties:

  • #33 in cardiology and heart surgery
  • #43 in diabetes and endocrinology
  • #30 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery
  • #42 in neurology and neurosurgery
  • #39 in orthopedics
  • #27 in pulmonology
  • #25 in urology

The “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings highlight U.S. News & World Report’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.

“To be ranked among such a prestigious group of hospitals is an honor and reflects the hard work and commitment our physicians, nurses, and team members put into caring for our patients,” says Kathy Swanson, president of Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies. “For families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses, the ranking is a tool to help find the best medical care, and we’re ecstatic to be recognized as the place to go in Central Florida for the best pediatric care.”

The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance. Most of the scoring relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on here and will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available Sept. 1.