SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center has been ranked among the country's top pediatric heart and neonatology programs in U.S. News & World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals rankings.
|Kenneth Schowengerdt, M.D., listens to the heart of his patient Orion Smithey.|
SSM Cardinal Glennon ranked 46th in Pediatric Cardiology/Heart Surgery and 45th in Neonatology. Located in mid-town St. Louis, SSM Cardinal Glennon is a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center and academic hospital affiliated with Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
"We appreciate the recognition of the unmatched expertise and care we provide to the families we serve," said Sherlyn Hailstone, president of SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. "Children are not small adults; they need specialists who only focus on children to provide the highest level of care. Our physicians, nurses and caregivers only treat children, so they truly understand how to address not only that child's medical needs but their emotional and mental needs as well."
SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center has made significant investments to its pediatric heart program in recent years, introducing the Dorothy and Larry Dallas Heart Center in 2009 and the region's only pediatric hybrid cardiac catheterization suite in 2011. SSM Cardinal Glennon's pediatric heart team, among the fastest-growing in the Midwest, includes the region's most experienced pediatric heart surgeons.
"We are grateful to be recognized as a team because that is truly our approach to caring for children," said Kenneth Schowengerdt, M.D., Wieck-Sullivan professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and medical director of cardiology at Cardinal Glennon.
"Our physicians and nurses come together as a comprehensive team to help the family from the moment of a child's diagnosis. We work hand-in-hand with patients and their parents to provide not only the highest level of clinical care but compassion and hope to families facing complex and stressful diagnoses."
SSM Cardinal Glennon is currently expanding the Dana Brown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 60 to 65 all-private rooms. Cardinal Glennon has a Level IV NICU, the highest designation available. Neonatologists from SSM Cardinal Glennon/Saint Louis University School of Medicine staff the Level III NICU at SSM St. Mary's Health Center, a high-risk maternity hospital. Neonatology experts also support nurseries at SSM Health Care and affiliate hospitals throughout the St. Louis metro region.
"Our team constantly strives to provide the highest level of care to the smallest and most vulnerable babies using the latest technology," said Farouk Sadiq, M.D., medical director of neonatology and associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.
"Families look to our physicians, nurses and staff members to provide healing and guidance during the most stressful time of their lives. We serve the families who entrust us with their care 24 hours a day, whether it's at the bedside providing medical treatment or researching new ways to heal babies."
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.
"Cardinal Glennon deserves high praise," said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Cardinal Glennon 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."
The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of these pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty-seven hospitals ranked in at least one of the 10 specialties.
Each hospital's reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of each hospital's score was determined through an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care. To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and, for the reputational assessment, a survey of 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty. The 1,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.