WVU Medicine Children’s named top children’s hospital in West Virginia, Pediatric Urology nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report |
MORGANTOWN — WVU Medicine Children’s has been named the Best Children’s Hospital in West Virginia by U.S. News & World Report, which also placed the Children’s Pediatric Urology Program in 35th place in the nation — two places higher than last year — marking the fourth consecutive national ranking of the program.
“WVU Medicine Children’s has long been a point of pride in our health system, and its pediatric urology program is one of its crown jewels. Families across the state, region and country seek our healthcare providers for their expertise, and in turn receive world-class healthcare,” said Albert L. Wright Jr., president and CEO of the West Virginia University Health System. “I extend my sincere thanks and congratulations to those who have made both these recognitions possible.”
Best Children’s Hospitals’ annual rankings and ratings, now in their 15th year, are designed to help patients, their families and their doctors make informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions.
“As we have expanded our physical footprint and our programmatic offerings, we have built a children’s hospital that provides a full range of medical and surgical care so that families don’t have to leave the state or region to find care for their children,” said Dr. . Michael Ost, pediatric urologist and chief surgical integration officer for WVU Medicine Children’s. “The days of families traveling great distances to a prominent institution are over. We have one here in West Virginia.”
WVU Medicine Children’s has the only comprehensive pediatric urology service with fellowship-trained physicians in the state. WVU Medicine Children’s pediatric urologists have special expertise in the treatment of all congenital defects of the genitourinary system, kidney stones, neurogenic bladder and dysfunctional micturition. It is also the state’s only pediatric urology practice to offer robotic surgery.
“Recognitions like this are the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our entire team, and we couldn’t be more proud of the doctors, nurses and staff that make up it,” said Dr. Osama Al-Omar, chief of pediatric urology at WVU Medicine Children’s. “We are delighted to receive this recognition and pledge to continue to deliver high-quality care to all patients who come to us for care.”
For 2021-22, US News ranked the top 50 centers in each of these 10 pediatric specialties: cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery; neonatology; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology and lung surgery; and urology. The best children’s hospital rankings, which debuted this year, featured an extensive offering, including state rankings and multi-state regional rankings.
“We don’t do what we do for recognition. It is very beautiful, and we are honored to receive it. But we do it because we all feel a calling on the unit to provide advanced care for complex urologic problems for every patient who walks through our doors,” said Dr. Stanley Zaslau, Chair of the WVU Department of Urology. “We are grateful to everyone who entrusts us with their care, and we appreciate this recognition of our efforts.”
Best Children’s Hospitals’ methodology considers objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and adherence to best practices. To calculate the ranking of the best children’s hospitals, US News collected relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2020 and from pediatricians and other healthcare organizations in 2021; Due to the pandemic, data collection from children’s hospitals was not repeated in 2021.
“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.”
RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 118 pediatric hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups.
This year’s ranking is published in the US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2022” guide (ISBN 9781931469975), available in stores October 5.
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