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For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2017
Media Contact:
Jennifer Smith
Lidia Amoretti


Miami, FL (June 27, 2017) – Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is among the nation’s top children’s hospitals, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Published online today, the rankings feature the top 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties.

Holtz Children’s is ranked in three specialties this year: 25th in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology; 31st in pediatric nephrology, and 38th in pediatric gastroenterology & GI surgery.

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. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric centers.

“For many years, Holtz Children’s Hospital has received this recognition for delivering the best and compassionate medical care to the most critically ill children in South Florida and around the world,” said Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System. “Being nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report once again is a testament to the patient care we deliver.”

The 11th annual rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“This year’s rankings are evidence that Miller School of Medicine faculty working as University of Miami Health System pediatricians and Jackson staff at Holtz Children’s Hospital continue to provide world-class care to patients in South Florida in a variety of specialties,” said Laurence B. Gardner, M.D., interim dean of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “This is continuing evidence of the importance of our academic and clinical partnership. We applaud the many caregivers who work collaboratively in order to achieve this recognition.”

"The University of Miami Health System and Holtz Children's Hospital at Jackson continue to provide exceptional patient care that spans multiple pediatric specialties,” said Judy Schaechter, M.D., MBA, professor and chair of pediatrics for the University of Miami Health System and chief of service at Holtz Children’s Hospital/Jackson. “Our ability to provide the latest treatments, offer clinical trials and introduce innovative programming sets our researchers and clinicians apart, while offering our young patients excellent outcomes."

“The pediatric centers we rank in Best Children’s Hospitals deliver exceptionally high-quality care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals provide every day.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology considers clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency and coordination of care delivery and compliance with "best practices.”
Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure and patient volume, availability of programs for particular illnesses and conditions and much more can be viewed on

This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook and available on newsstands September 12. Visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the complete rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.



Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center is recognized among the best in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children's Hospitals rankings. Holtz Children’s is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States, where University of Miami Health System physicians treat children from throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Holtz Children’s is known worldwide for its care of critically ill newborns in its neonatal intensive care unit, which is one of the largest in the United States and boasts some of the best medical outcomes. In collaboration with the Miami Transplant Institute, Holtz Children’s is one of only a few centers in the country that specializes in pediatric multi-organ transplants. It is home to a state-accredited comprehensive children’s kidney failure center and is one of the largest pediatric kidney transplant programs in the world. The Children’s Heart Center at Holtz Children’s is the only comprehensive children’s heart program in Miami-Dade County. In partnership with the University of Miami, Holtz Children’s also trains the most pediatric physicians of any medical center in the southeastern United States.


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