Programs of Excellence

Connecticut Children's Medical Center offers the highest level of care to children and has been consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report in its annual "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings. For 2014-15, two of our specialties were ranked among the best in the nation: Diabetes & Endocrinology (#48) and Urology (#44). The rankings are based on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available.

Outcomes. Nothing matters more than outcomes—keeping kids healthy, protecting them from surgical complications, and improving the quality of life of those with chronic conditions.

Process of care. In the past, this component meant one thing: a hospital's reputational score based on a random survey of 150 board certified pediatric physicians in each of the 10 ranked specialties. Now, several element s are considered, including hospital compliance with best practices and a commitment to infection control.

Mix of care-related indicators. Condition-specific programs, surgical volume and nurse/patient ratio are just a few examples of an assorted 38 measures and sub-measures used in the specialty rankings.

In addition to Connecticut Children's nationally ranked specialties, there are several programs of excellence at the medical center that have time and again earned national and international honors and accolades: gastroenterology, neonatology, orthopaedics and surgery. Each of our programs of excellence offers superior pediatric clinical care and has demonstrated the ability to:

  • Expand access to services to meet the growing needs of children and families
  • Integrate various disciplines of clinical practice to provide expanded, advanced care
  • Develop opportunities to expand basic and clinical research
  • Create opportunities to be an innovative leader in education and training