Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital Named a “Best Children’s Hospital” for 16th Consecutive Year

06.21.2023 Atrium Health News | Levine Children's

 Recognized among Top 50, nationally, in eight specialties including a first-ever Top 10 ranking

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 21, 2023 – For the 16th consecutive year, Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital has been recognized as one of U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Children’s Hospitals.” This year, the hospital ranked among the Top 50 in the country in eight pediatric specialties – including the cardiology and heart surgery program, which ranked No. 8 in the nation. Levine Children’s Hospital remains the only children’s hospital in Charlotte to be awarded this prominent distinction.

“This remarkable recognition – which Atrium Health Levine Children’s has earned every year since opening its doors – is a reflection of our incredible teammates and their deep commitment to caring for our smallest of patients and their families,” said Ken Haynes, president of Advocate Health’s southeast region, which Atrium Health is a part. “As a parent of four myself, I know that the health and safety of our children is the top priority. This honor not only demonstrates that our care teams deliver the best and safest treatment options in the country, but it also emphasizes what makes Levine Children’s stand out among the rest – the warm, personal and unwavering approach our teammates provide for every patient experience. And of course, this award would not be possible without our amazing donors – including the Levine family. We are deeply grateful for their continual contribution to our North Carolina community and beyond.”

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are considered the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals. Rankings are determined based on key clinical data from nearly 200 medical centers, through a detailed survey that looks at measures such as patient and family satisfaction, patient safety and outcomes, infection prevention, reputation and compliance with best practices.

Levine Children’s Hospital received a Top 50 national ranking in the following specialties:

  • Cancer
  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Urology

“To be nationally ranked across eight specialties, including being one of the top 10 best heart programs in the country, is affirmation of the commitment we made to the Charlotte community to provide the best care close to home,” said Dr. Stacy Nicholson, president of Atrium Health Levine Children’s. “In delivering top, innovative technologies and therapies with a highly individualized approach, we see more than 130,000 patients annually from all over the state, nation and world. To know that patients travel to us from outside of the region to receive care is certainly meaningful, but to know thousands of families can stay at home to receive the highest level of care their child needs, that is why we exist.”

With a shared vision to consistently expand and improve care available to patients, Levine Children’s Hospital has been recognized for outstanding clinical care and milestones, including:

  • The region’s most advanced pediatric cardiac program, including the only heart surgery and cardiac intensive care unit for kids in the area, caring for the most complex heart patients in a multidisciplinary way, helping cardiology and heart surgery rank as the No. 8 program in the nation, Levine Children’s Hospital’s first Top 10 national ranking since its establishment in 2007.
  • The region’s only cellular therapies program, providing blood and marrow transplants, stem cell transplants and more for children facing a cancer or blood disorder diagnosis.
  • The largest Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the area, with the highest level of expert care for families, including the region’s only NICU follow-up clinic to help patients thrive throughout childhood.
  • Establishing the region’s first and only pediatric nephrology center of excellence and accredited cystic fibrosis center.

“Though we have received this distinction for 16 consecutive years, it’s an honor that still continues to humble and strengthen us over time,” said Callie Dobbins, senior vice president of Levine Children’s. “Each day and each patient renew our dedication to achieving incredible medical milestones, while also creating a fun, loving environment for kids simply to be kids. Families can have peace of mind that their children are receiving the best care at Atrium Health Levine Children’s.”

In addition to more than 30 specialty clinical programs, the families cared for by Levine Children’s have access to an entire network of children’s services, including the area’s only Level I pediatric trauma center in the region. With over 150 pediatricians across North Carolina and South Carolina, families throughout the region have immediate access to best-in-class primary care, with a direct line to Levine Children’s Hospital should a child need the specialized level of care available there.

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For survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure and patient volume, availability of programs for specific illnesses and conditions, and for the full rankings, visit Best Children’s Hospitals.

About Atrium Health 
Atrium Health is a nationally recognized leader in shaping health outcomes through innovative research, education and compassionate patient care. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Atrium Health is part of Advocate Health, the fifth-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, which was created from the combination with Advocate Aurora Health. A recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research, Wake Forest University School of Medicine is its academic core. Atrium Health is renowned for its top-ranked pediatric, cancer and heart care, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs Atrium Health is also a leading-edge innovator in virtual care and mobile medicine, providing care close to home and in the home. Ranked nationally among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals in eight pediatric specialties and for rehabilitation, Atrium Health has also received the American Hospital Association’s Quest for Quality Prize and its 2021 Carolyn Boone Lewis Equity of Care Award, as well as the 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Equity Award for its efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in care. With a commitment to every community it serves, Atrium Health seeks to improve health, elevate hope and advance healing – for all, providing $2.46 billion last year in free and uncompensated care and other community benefits. 


About Advocate Health 
Advocate Health is the fifth-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 150,000 team members across 67 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation’s largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $5 billion in annual community benefits.