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U.S. News & World Report Ranks All Children’s as the Top Program for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery in Florida

Posted on Jun 09, 2015

U.S. News & World Report ranked All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine as a best children's hospital in two specialty areas in the new 2015-16 Best Children's Hospitals rankings. All Children's Hospital ranked 26th in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery, moving up eight spots from the 2014-15 list, and 48th in pulmonology out of 184 children's hospitals.

All Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in the Tampa Bay area that ranked in any pediatric specialty, and the All Children's cardiology and heart surgery program was ranked the top program in Florida.

"It is a significant accomplishment to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our pediatric cardiology and heart surgery programs along with our pulmonology program," said Jonathan Ellen, M.D., president and physician in chief at All Children's Hospital and professor of pediatrics and vice dean, All Children's Hospital at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "These rankings are a demonstration of our medical staff's expertise and commitment to patient safety and quality, as well as the innovative care we strive to provide throughout all of the pediatric specialty programs offered at All Children's Hospital."

"We have focused the last year on developing rigorous quality metrics and our cardiovascular program is a national and international leader in promoting transparency regarding our outcomes," said Brigitta Mueller, M.D., chief patient safety officer and vice president of medical affairs. "This is reflected in the advancement in rankings in the US News & World Report from 34th to 26th.  This couldn't have been achieved without a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and many others."

Dr. Mueller noted providing care that is safe and of the highest quality is not only a goal, but also a journey. "We can always get better at what we are doing and we will never lose focus of the most important aspect: the children and families we serve."

"More than 80 people served on the 11 survey teams, with many others providing essential data, and support," noted Shelley Baranowski, M.S., R.N., who led this year's survey completion in her role as program development lead in the Division of Patient Safety & Quality. "We will continue to see many benefits from this interdisciplinary collaboration."

Detailed information about each of the hospital rankings and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News "Best Hospitals 2016" guidebook, which will be available September 1.

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