Kentucky Children’s Hospital Nationally Ranked in Heart Care, Orthopedics by U.S News & World Report

LEXINGTON, KY. (June 15, 2021) — UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital is ranked nationally in two specialties in the 2021-22 Best Children’s Hospitals ranking published online today by US News & World Report, the global authority on hospital rankings and consumer advice.

KCH and Cincinnati Children’s Joint Pediatric Heart Program ranks 15th in the nation in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery. This ranking also includes patients treated through the Adult Congenital Heart Program, a partnership with UK HealthCare’s Gill Heart and Vascular Institute for adult patients born with congenital heart defects.

The Joint Pediatric Heart Program is a one-program, two-site model that began in 2017 to provide a full spectrum of heart care services to families throughout Kentucky, close to home. Recently, the pediatric heart surgeon Dr. Carl Backer as Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at KCH. dr. Backer was previously the surgical director of the pediatric heart transplant program at Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.

KCH, in partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington (SHCMC), ranks 41st in the nation for pediatric orthopedic care. Although separate entities, they work closely together to provide seamless pediatric orthopedic care. A staff of board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons and anesthesiologists has cared for children in both facilities for more than 35 years.

“Our partnerships with Cincinnati Children’s and Shriner’s enable us to provide the most extraordinary care for our patients close to home,” said Dr. Scottie B. Day, chief physician at Kentucky Children’s Hospital. “There is no greater honor to care for Kentucky’s children, and we are thrilled to be recognized for our dedication to them.”

Best Children’s Hospitals’ 15th Annual Ranking Recognizes the Top 50 Pediatric Facilities in the U.S. in 10 Pediatric Specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Cardiac Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics , pulmonology and lung surgery and urology.

“When choosing a hospital for a sick child, many parents want specialized expertise, convenience, and caring medical professionals,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and editor-in-chief at US News. “The Best Children’s Hospital rankings have always emphasized hospitals that excel in specialized care. As the pandemic continues to affect travel, finding quality care close to home has never been more important.”

US News introduced the Best Children’s Hospital ranking in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening diseases find the best medical care available. The rankings are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information about children’s hospitals in the US. The rankings are based on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The ranking methodology takes into account patient outcomes, such as death and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and adherence to best practices.

Kentucky Children’s Hospital, part of the University of Kentucky’s UK HealthCare system, is committed to providing the best possible care for both children and families. With the only Level I pediatric trauma center and Level IV neonatal intensive care unit, and more than 30 advanced subspecialty programs such as pediatric oncology and pediatric surgery, KCH is equipped to provide the highest level of care for young patients close to home.

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