Texas Children’s Hospital ranks #1 nationally in pulmonology among nation’s best pediatric institutions by U.S. News and World Report

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HOUSTON – (June 22, 2016) – Texas Children’s Hospital is excited to announce it ranks as the best place for children to receive pulmonary care in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in their 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals. Watch a video about Texas Children’s U.S. News ranking in pulmonology: youtu.be/nIquiuhCgeU.

“This survey result demonstrates what we already know, Texas Children’s is one of the best places in the country for children in need of pulmonary care,” says Dr. Peter Hiatt, chief of pulmonary medicine at Texas Children’s and associate professor at Baylor College of Medicine. “Our team’s steadfast commitment to providing the most innovative treatments possible to our patients and families is what motivates us every single day to do better, to be better, with the ultimate goal of providing life-changing and life-saving treatments to children in need.”

Each year, U.S. News ranks pediatric hospitals overall, as well as ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. These rankings are the result of a methodology that weighs a combination of outcome and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, outcomes, best practices, infection prevention, and reputation, among other factors. In U.S. News’ 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals, Texas Children’s ranks fourth overall and the hospital’s pulmonary service ranks as the best within its subspecialty.

Offering services to treat children dealing with any pulmonary issue, the team at Texas Children’s is involved in researching a wide range of common and rare pulmonary disorders and offers specialty clinics focused on severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, tracheostomy and ventilator issues, aerodigestive multispecialty clinics, sickle-cell focused pulmonary issues and more.

One of the specialty clinics that sets Texas Children’s apart is the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Care Center which provides comprehensive clinical services to help patients, families and referring physicians deal with the many problems cystic fibrosis causes. In fact, Texas Children’s is the only accredited pediatric CF center in Southeast Texas. Additionally, since 2001, the Texas Children's Pulmonary Hypertension Program has been diagnosing and treating patients with pediatric pulmonary hypertension. This program is one of the few pulmonary hypertension programs in the United States dedicated to treating children; because of this, Texas Children’s has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and teens with this rare condition. Texas Children’s also has a dedicated Asthma Center to help families learn more about what may be triggering asthma problems for their child and what their goals are for asthma control. The multidisciplinary team, staffed by experts in both pediatric allergy and immunology and pulmonary medicine, works together with the family and referring physician to create a tailored daily management and acute rescue plan to prevent asthma episodes.

In addition, Texas Children's has one of the largest and most successful pediatric lung transplant programs in the world and is one of only two institutions worldwide that performs more than 10 pediatric lung transplants each year. With a median wait time of less than four months, Texas Children’s offers a shorter wait time than most other pediatric programs and has transplanted children from all areas of the United States.

The 2016-17 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals is available online at usnews.com/childrenshospitals. To learn more about the excellent pulmonary care delivered at Texas Children’s, visit texaschildrens.org/pulmonology.

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About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.