NEW HYDE PARK, NY —
Cohen Children's Medical Center has earned top 50 national rankings for exceptional care in nine pediatric specialties, according to US News & World Report's 2017-18 Best Children's Hospitals.
The largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, Cohen achieved its highest-ever rankings in the 11 consecutive years it has been listed by US News as one of the nation's top children's hospitals.
Aided by its recent recognition as a Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, Cohen's rankings jumped in nearly all seven specialty areas in which it was ranked last year and landed on the top-50 list in two new clinical disciplines – diabetes/endocrinology (36th nationally) and nephrology (45th).
US News ranked Cohen ninth in the nation for its expertise in pediatric urology. In the area of pediatric cancer, Cohen's national ranking rose to 20th from 43rd.
"US News' latest survey results underscore the progress we've made in improving clinical outcomes, especially in the area of cancer where we have built a team of nationally recognized, pediatric hematologists and oncologists with both clinical and research expertise," said Charles Schleien, MD, executive director of Cohen Children's, and senior vice president and executive director of pediatric services at Northwell Health, and chair of pediatrics at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. "Our strong showing this year can also be attributed to Cohen's Magnet designation from the American Nurses' Credentialing Center – the only children's hospital in New York State to earn that distinction."
In other clinical areas, Cohen saw its rankings improve to 19th from 29th in neonatology, 23rd from 39th in neurology/neurosurgery, 25th from 40th in pulmonology, and 35th from 40th in orthopedics. The hospital also ranked 39th nationally in gastroenterology/GI surgery.
The US News rankings are based on a hospital's reputation, medical outcomes such as mortality and infection rates, and care-related indicators such as patient volume, nurse staffing and availability of specialized programs.
In addition to its Magnet designation last year, Cohen has achieved several milestones this year, performing its first kidney transplant surgery in April and opening Long Island's first and only imaging center dedicated to kids – the Children's Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies. The hospital also recently established one of the world's most diverse databases of DNA profiles from children with cancer and their relatives. With this biobank, researchers will be able to monitor the health of individuals and families throughout the years and study environmental impacts on genetic development.
To view US News & World Report's "Best Children's Hospitals" edition, go to: usnews.com/childrenshospitals.
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About the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York
Founded in 1983, Cohen Children's Medical Center is a 202-bed hospital dedicated exclusively to the care of children. The specialists in the hospital's national and international programs cover an entire range of specialties. State-of-the-art care for children's medical, surgical, and dental needs are provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The facility is the largest provider of pediatric health services in New York State, serving 1.8 million children in Brooklyn, Queens, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties. For the 11th consecutive year in 2017, Cohen's was ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's 2017-18 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" survey, achieving top-50 rankings in nine of 10 pediatric specialties.