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U children's hospital ranks high nationally

University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview, ranked among the country’s best in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals 2008” edition, released in June.

The magazine ranked the top 30 U.S. children’s hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neo-natology, neurology and neurosurgery, respiratory disorders, and general pediatrics. University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview, ranked 19th in cancer and 18th in respiratory disorders. Rankings were based on a variety of criteria, including outcomes, reputation, patient volume, nursing, and credentialing.

In the respiratory disorders category, the University’s children’s hospital was one of only six in the country to earn a perfect score for clinical outcomes in cystic fibrosis. The hospital also received the highest possible score for advanced technologies in cancer care.

“The rankings reflect the quality of our programs, the collaboration with faculty specialists at the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center, and the depth of research initiatives,” says Kathie Taranto, chief operating officer for the hospital. “These rankings provide us with even more incentive to keep raising the bar.”

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