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Kosair Children’s Hospital’s cancer care program ranked among top in country from U.S. News & World Report’s ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ list

Renowned hospital also received national rankings in six other pediatric specialties

LOUISVILLE, KY. (Wednesday, June 13, 2012): The cancer care program at Kosair Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 16 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Kosair Children’s also was rated among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the nation, out of 178 hospitals eligible to participate in the survey, in six other specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.


Kosair Children’s Hospital (the only full-service, free-standing children’s hospital in Kentucky and the only hospital with Level I pediatric trauma certification) ranked No. 21 in cancer care, 24 in orthopaedics, 24 in pulmonology, 29 in neurology and neurosurgery, 31 in urology, 40 in cardiology and heart surgery, and 51 in nephrology.

“We are pleased and encouraged by our rankings in this year’s list of best children’s hospitals,” said Thomas D. Kmetz, division president, Women’s and Children’s Services, and president of Kosair Children’s Hospital. “We are on a journey to excellence in providing world-class care to children whether they are across the street or across the country. That is particularly true with the advances we are making in oncology. Some of the country’s best doctors, research, treatment and outcomes in pediatric cancer care are right here in Louisville.”

The Addison Jo Blair Cancer Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital is the country’s oldest continually accredited children’s oncology program by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (COC), holding accreditation since 1959. It is one of only 11 COC-accredited pediatric cancer programs in the country.

“Kosair Children’s Hospital deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report health rankings editor. “Kosair Children’s Hospital has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids. Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

For families of sick children, the Best Children’s Hospitals list provides unparalleled quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more. Since its 2007 debut, the list has put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance over the opinions of physicians.

This year, U.S. News sent surveys to 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey of 1,500 pediatric specialists – 150 in each specialty – made up the remaining 25 percent. Specialists were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty.

The full rankings and methodology are available at The rankings also will be published in the 2013 “U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals” guidebook, which will be available in August.

About Kosair Children’s Hospital
Licensed for 263 beds and recognized as one of the top children’s hospitals in America, Kosair Children’s Hospital is located in the downtown Louisville Medical Center. It is the region’s only full-service, free-standing pediatric hospital, and the only hospital in Kentucky offering a pediatric trauma center. Kosair Children’s provides a complete range of services for children, including pediatric intensive care and one of the nation’s largest intensive care nurseries for newborns.

Kosair Children’s Hospital serves as the pediatric teaching facility for the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is supported by the Children’s Hospital Foundation. As part of its commitment to teaching and research, the hospital offers special programs for cancer; heart, lung, kidney and infectious diseases; respiratory ailments; neurology and neurosurgery; general pediatric surgery; orthopaedics; diabetes; psychiatry; plastic surgery; and infant/pediatric heart, kidney and bone marrow transplants. The hospital operates the area’s only self-contained pediatric burn unit. Because of the hospital’s special mission, all care is provided by professionals especially skilled in the care of children.

Kosair Children’s Hospital received the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing care from the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2007. Kosair Children’s is one of the top children’s hospitals in the United States as ranked in U.S. News Media Group’s 2009-2012 editions of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. More information is available at

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