Levine Childrens Hospital Named Among Nations Best

06.20.2016 News | Atrium Health News
U.S News & World Report Ranking Highlights Exceptional First Half of 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 21, 2016 – For the seventh consecutive year, Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children's Hospital is ranked as a “Best Children’s Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report, which was announced by the publication today. With more than 200 pediatric hospitals in the United States, Levine Children’s is one of the nation’s top hospitals for children, as well as the only pediatric medical center in Charlotte to be ranked. The rankings for 2016-2017 include: Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Nephrology; Neurology and Neurosurgery; and Orthopedics. This is also the fifth year the hospital is ranked in multiple specialties.

“Every year since we’ve made this national list, we invite the communities we serve to celebrate with us, as this is validation that when they choose to come here for care, they are in great hands,” said Callie Dobbins, vice president, facility executive for Levine Children’s Hospital. “The rankings help reinforce what we know to be true – that our teams’ work is among the best in the nation.”

Since opening in 2007, Levine Children’s Hospital continues to treat more pediatric patients per day than any other hospital in North Carolina. It is the largest children’s hospital between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. with comprehensive pediatric services in more than 30 pediatric subspecialty areas.

“We are very proud of our Family Centered Care approach, where children and their families are our partners in healthcare—from prevention to diagnosis to treatment,” said Andrew Herman, MD, who was appointed to the position of chief medical officer in June. “This has been a tremendous year for us and we look forward to continuing to provide the children of the region with the best care possible.”

Notable Milestones in 2016 Include:
  • Paul Kirshbom, MD, one of the preeminent congenital heart surgeons in the country, joined Levine Children’s Hospital and is now leading the congenital heart program.
  • The Battelle Healthcare Colloquium recognized Levine Children's Hospital as an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute. Levine Children's Hospital is the first pediatric facility in the Carolinas and the 11th in the nation to earn this distinction.
  • Oncologists successfully led and implemented a clinical trial that speeds up the recovery of patients after a bone marrow transplant procedure. 
  • Neonatologists treated one of the smallest surviving babies in the world. Born at just 10 ounces, baby E’Layah spent five months in intensive care but is now home with her family.
  • The pediatric gastroenterologists division became part of the ImproveCareNow national network. This has raised the bar for the standard of care in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease while increasing  the number of children in remission without new medicines. 
  • The psychosocial oncology team, in collaboration with clinical nurses, created a new mentorship program, which provides emotional support for current and former cancer patients. The program positively impacts the quality of life and coping for adolescents and young adults battling cancer.
For more information on the U.S. News & World Report rankings, including local patient stories, videos, photos and more, visit www.health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings.

About Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as hospice and palliative care services. Carolinas HealthCare System works to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.