Not only is heart disease the #1 killer of women in the United States, but congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, according to the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS). PCICS also notes that cardiac care cases usually make up the bulk of pediatric critical care units. With so much on the line for these very vulnerable patients, the release of U.S. News & World Report 2014 rankings of Pediatric Cardiac Care Hospitals is worth a read. Here are the top ten, based mainly on a combination of their surgical survival rates, ability to control bloodstream infections and their level of clinical research.
- Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston MA
- Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
- Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston TX
- Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta GA
- Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati OH
- University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor MI
- Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles CA
- New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley-Komansky Children’s Hospital, New York NY
- Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Palo Alto CA
- Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus OH
As we celebrate American Heart Month, we are reminded that cardiovascular disease does not discriminate by gender or age. Nor does it discriminate by borders and continents. In fact, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, (see above) has partnered with the American Heart Association in a pilot medical training program in Botswana and Tanzania. Adapting their high level pediatric cardiac care knowledge to help a country with limited resources and skilled healthcare workers in this field, will go a long way to reducing mortality rates in African children under five.
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