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Report: Wolfson Children's Hospital in top 50 nationally

Hospital in top 50 in 2 categories, according to U.S. News & World Report

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wolfson Children's Hospital ranked in the top 50 hospitals in the nation in two categories in the most recent U.S. News & World Report Best Children's Hospital rankings.

Wolfson was in the top 50 nationally in gastroenterology & GI surgery and neurology & neurosurgery.

The Best Children's Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News's top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

"We are so pleased to be named once again among the top 50 children's hospitals in the country," hospital President Michael D. Aubin said. "The collaboration between our physicians, management and team members with Wolfson Children's Hospital, Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville, and the University of Florida College of Medicine -- Jacksonville, has led to this honor and are a testament of our caregivers' commitment to providing outstanding, comprehensive and effective health care for children."

The president and CEO of Nemours said the ranking recognizes "the dedication, expertise and teamwork of Nemours physicians working with Wolfson nurses and staff, as well as our research to advance the highest quality care for children."

U.S. News introduced the Best Children's Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital's performance.

Most of each hospital's score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

"The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children's Hospitals deserve our congratulations," said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. "Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day."