Connecticut Children’s Orthopedics Program is State’s Top Program Says U.S. News & World Report

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2021
Media Contact:

Monica Buchanan, Senior Director, Strategic Communications
Connecticut Children’s
(860) 837-5701

Hartford, Conn.- Connecticut Children’s is proud to announce that its orthopedic division is the state’s TOP ranked pediatric orthopedics program in the 2021-2022 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital rankings released today. At Connecticut Children’s, our team of orthopedic specialists achieved the state’s highest ranking thanks to excellent outcomes and exceptional patient care. In addition, the orthopedics team cares for patients at five walk-in and same day clinics across the state, including our newest clinics in Danbury & Shelton and another location coming soon in Westport, making it easier than ever for children and young adults to get the care they need, when they need it.

“One of the things we are most proud of is our innovative approach to orthopedics care and research,” said Jeffrey Thomson, MD, division head of orthopedics at Connecticut Children’s. “We are the only children’s health system in the state with the EOS Imaging System, an ultra low-dose, 3-D imaging system that uses two to three times less radiation than conventional machines while producing high quality, detailed images. We also have a team of innovators who are finding engaging ways educate our parents on a broad range of orthopedic health issues including more effective and less invasive treatments for pediatric orthopedic conditions like scoliosis and concussions. The recognition is certainly an honor, but we don’t do it for the accolades. Our focus and priority are the children of Connecticut and the region.”

Connecticut Children’s orthopedics is the only program in the state certified in the Ponseti method, a manipulative technique that corrects congenital clubfoot without extensive surgery. U.S. News & World Report collects data from nearly 200 children’s hospitals nationwide, taking into consideration clinical outcomes, hospital resources, and delivery of healthcare. This in combination with survey results from pediatric specialists across the country is used to identify the top 50 programs for 10 different specialties.

In addition to its orthopedics ranking, Connecticut Children’s was also ranked in the Top 50 programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report in Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology and GI Surgery, Urology and Neonatology. Connecticut Children’s award-winning neonatal network provides specialized care for babies at 14 neonatal intensive care units and well-baby nurseries across 10 hospitals in two states.

“The recognition from U.S. News & World Report is a testament to our dedicated physicians, nurses and team members who have continued delivering care during the COVID-19 pandemic while striving to advance research and clinical outcomes across the health system,” said Jim Shmerling, DHA, FACHE, President & CEO at Connecticut Children’s. “We have made it easier than ever to schedule an appointment with our experts thanks to our comprehensive virtual health program, which includes video visits. We have been committed to creating dedicated resources and content for our patients and families so they have the latest information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and pediatric medical breakthroughs. We are truly providing next generation care for our next generation and are celebrating this more than ever during our 25th anniversary this year.”

About Connecticut Children’s
Connecticut Children’s is the only health system in Connecticut dedicated to children, providing more than 30 pediatric specialties along with community-based programs. We’re known for exceptional care that kids and parents love, conveniently delivered at locations close to home and by Video Visit. Our experts lead breakthrough research and innovative partnerships, and have won awards for everything from nursing excellence to patient-friendly technology. U.S. News & World Report named us a best children’s hospital in the nation.

Connecticut Children’s provides the highest level of coordinated care to the children of Connecticut and the region. As the only independent children’s health system in the state of CT, by partnering with adult health systems across the state, we are able to bring more pediatric services to the community, making it easier for children to receive the specialty care they need, when they need it. Connecticut Children’s is committed to providing expert specialty care through every stage of a child’s development, from newborn all the way through transition from adolescence to adulthood. Connecticut Children’s is nationally recognized for advancing leadership and innovation in the family-centered care of newborns, children and young adults. The Connecticut Children’s Care Alliance includes partnerships with 13 hospitals across CT and NY.

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