The University of Florida Health Shands Children’s Hospital once again ranked among the nation’s best pediatric hospitals in six medical specialties for 2018-19, moving even higher in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery and in pulmonology, according to the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.
The hospital ranked among the nation’s elite in the same six specialties as it did a year ago. But UF Health’s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program moved up two places from last year to 19th nationwide, the highest-ranked specialty at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.
Additional rankings included pulmonology, which moved up 11 spots from last year to 22nd, also a historically high ranking. The other ranked specialties were diabetes and endocrinology (27nd), neonatology (39th), cancer (49th) and neurology and neurosurgery (50th).
“I take great pride in the tireless work by our physicians, nurses and staff whose excellence is reflected in these rankings,” said David S. Guzick, M.D., Ph.D., UF senior vice president for health affairs and president of UF Health. “Patients choose UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital because they expect the best patient experience possible. They entrust us with the health of a loved one because they know we will do everything we can to deliver on that promise.”
The hospital’s pediatric cardiology and heart surgery program was the highest-rated in Florida for the third consecutive year. Also ranked highest in Florida were pulmonology, and diabetes and endocrinology.