Prolacta in the News
HOUSTON, July 24, 2012 -- Texas Children's Hospital has been recognized as a national leader in neonatology among pediatric hospitals in U.S.News & World Report's 2012-13 edition of Best Children's Hospitals. By continuing to improve outcomes, substantially improving survival rates and keeping a strong focus on research and preventing complications associated with prematurity, Texas Children's neonatology program was ranked #2 overall among children's hospitals nationally, moving up three spots from its #5 place ranking in 2011. To learn more about Texas Children's Newborn Center please visit www.texaschildrens.org.
"Babies who are born prematurely or who are critically ill have the highest demands for specialized resources and require outstanding interdisciplinary teams to care for a multitude of issues that a premature infant can face," said Dr. Stephen Welty, chief of neonatology at Texas Children's Hospital. "This is why our focus is to treat each baby collaboratively with teams of specialists that can deliver the highest level of care available."
Advances Texas Children's has made to improve neonatal outcomes and deliver the best possible patient care include:
Working closely with Texas Children's Fetal Center, the hospital's Newborn Center places a high priority on offering an integrated perinatal care model. Welty also notes that advances in fetal medicine have allowed the hospital to offer therapies not previously available to patients with conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernias, spina bifida and previously fatal heart diseases.
One of only two level-3C NICUs in the greater Houston area, Texas Children's Newborn Center and the hospital's new Pavilion for Women together house 173 NICU beds, making the hospital the largest level-3 NICU in the nation. Texas Children's Newborn Center cares for nearly 2,500 babies each year and offers the most complete and complex level of care available, with 24/7 access to neonatologists and pediatric subspecialists.
"An important factor that impacts the outcomes of our tiniest and most critically ill babies is the excellence of our neonatal nursing staff who are highly trained to deliver exceptional care and are focused on creating a safe environment for our patients so that they can flourish," said Lori Armstrong, chief nursing officer at Texas Children's Hospital.
In addition to its ranking as #2 in the nation for neonatology, Texas Children's has also held Magnet status, a national designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, since 2003. A recent study showed that hospitals who have earned recognition for nursing excellence have better outcomes for very low birth weight infants (weighing less than 1,500 grams, or 3.3 pounds), which account for nearly 10 percent of the babies treated at Texas Children's Newborn Center each year.
The 2012-13 edition of Best Children's Hospitals is available online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and will be featured in U.S. News' annual guidebook of Best Hospitals 2013, which will ship in mid August.
About Texas Children's Hospital
Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to creating a community of healthy children through excellence in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked among the top children's hospitals in the nation, Texas Children's has recognized Centers of Excellence in multiple pediatric subspecialties including the Cancer and Heart Centers, and operates the largest primary pediatric care network in the country. Texas Children's has completed a $1.5 billion expansion, which includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; and Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston. For more information on Texas Children's, go to www.texaschildrens.org.