Miami, FL – Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Published online today, the rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties.

Holtz is ranked in five specialties this year: 32nd in nephrology, 34th in diabetes and endocrinology; 39th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 40th in cardiology and heart surgery, and 44th in neonatology.

“Year after year, Holtz Children’s Hospital is recognized for delivering the best patient care to some of the most critically ill children locally and around the world,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “Being nationally ranked on a consistent basis is certainly a reaffirmation of the incredible care we deliver.”

“Earning national recognition in five specialties is a testament to the excellence of the medical team at UM/Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital and UHealth pediatricians,” said Pascal J. Goldschmidt, MD, senior vice president for medical affairs, dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and CEO of UHealth – University of Miami Health System. “We are extremely proud of everyone involved in achieving this recognition.”

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’ top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

“Once again, our pediatrics team has demonstrated its superiority in caring for the youngest and most vulnerable patients,” said Judy L. Schaechter, MD, MBA, associate professor and interim Chair of Pediatrics, for Jackson and UHealth. “Our pediatricians, nurses and other specialized care providers deliver the highest level of care and compassion to sick children from South Florida and those who travel here from around the region. Our goal is to get them back to enjoying a healthy childhood, free of disease.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. Only 109 provided enough information to be evaluated, just 83 centers earned a ranking. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeastern United States. Through its experienced medical and support staff, including some of the top pediatricians in the nation, the facility provides research and treatment in a wide range of pediatric medical specialties.

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