Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Rankings

Pediatrics: Cardiology & Heart Surgery

best Rank in This Specialty
#4
Overall Score in This Specialty
85.5 / 100

Reputation with specialists

% of doctors in this specialty responding to surveys in 2012, 2013 and 2014 who named hospital as among best for very challenging patients.

Strong

75

Score: 41.3%

Strong: 15.0%-​49.9%

Survival after various complex procedures

Survival following moderately complex to very difficult heart surgery in past four years.

High

75

Score: 13

High: 11, 12 or 13 out of 15

Norwood/hybrid surgery survival

At three years after either of two alternatives for heart reconstruction.

Very high

100

Score: 11

Very high: 11 or 12 out of 12

Transplant survival

At one and three years.

Very high

100

Score: 6

Very high: 6 out of 6

Prevention of ICU infections

Success in minimizing central-line bloodstream infections and urinary tract infections in all ICU patients.

Very good

75

Score: 7

Very good: 5 to 8 out of 10

Use of infection-preventing measures

Success in minimizing infections through hand hygiene, vaccination and other proven measures.

Superior

100

Score: 26

Superior: 24 to 27 out of 27

Prevention of pressure ulcers

Success at minimizing skin breakdown due to weight, dressings, prolonged bed rest and other factors.

Superior

100

Score: 3

Superior: 3 out of 3

Surgery volume

Relative number of selected surgical procedures performed in past year.

High

75

Score: 10

High: 9 or 10 out of 12

Catheter-procedure volume

Such as stenting and procedures related to atrial and ventricular tachycardia.

High

75

Score: 23

High: 18 to 25 out of 30

Norwood/hybrid surgery volume

Relative number of patients who had Norwood or hybrid surgery in past year.

Very high

100

Score: 12

Very high: 11 to 12 out of 12

Nursing intensity

Balance of fulltime R.N.'s to average daily number of inpatients; a higher ratio means more nursing care.

Superior

100

Score: 3.7

Superior: 3.1 and above

Nurse Magnet recognition

Certified for high nursing standards by American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Score: x

Commitment to best practices

Such as postsurgical debriefings and regular morbidity and mortality conferences.

Very good

75

Score: 26

Very good: 19 to 26 out of 30

Congenital heart program

Such as surgeon who performed 100 or more congenital heart procedures in past year.

Superior

100

Score: 20

Superior: 19 or 20 out of 20

Adult congenital heart program

Such as adult congenital heart program and formal plan to transition pediatric patients to adult program.

Superior

100

Score: 10

Superior: 10 out of 10

Heart transplant program

Reflects transplant program recognized by United Network for Organ Sharing and number of transplants in past two years.

Superior

100

Score: 4

Superior: 4 out of 4

Advanced clinical services

Such as dedicated pediatric heart OR, remote monitoring and congenital heart disease clinic.

All

100

Score: 20

All: 20 out of 20

Clinical support services

Such as programs in vascular tumor, pediatric pain management and anesthesia.

All

100

Score: 9

All: 9 out of 9

Advanced technologies

CT angiography, cardiac MRI, 3-D mapping, cryoablation, RF ablation.

All

100

Score: 5

All: 5 out of 5

Specialized clinics and programs

Catheter procedures including balloon angioplasty and stent implantation offered to one or more patients in past year.

All

100

Score: 11

All: 11 out of 11

Patient and family services

Such as a family resource center, family support specialists and pediatric psychologists.

All

100

Score: 8

All: 8 out of 8

Steps to engage families

Such as a parent advisory committee that meets frequently.

Superior

100

Score: 7

Superior: 7 out of 7

Commitment to quality improvement

Such as collecting and analyzing data to improve quality of care.

Superior

100

Score: 14

Superior: 14 or 15 out of 15

Adoption of health information technology

Use of electronic medical records and computerized physician order entry to improve patient safety and care.

Superior

100

Score: 10

Superior: 10 out of 10

Fulltime subspecialists available

Such as pediatric cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.

Superior

100

Score: 12

Superior: 12 out of 12

Active fellowship program

To provide advanced training in pediatric cardiology, congenital cardiac surgery or thoracic surgery.

4 of 4

Score: 4

Four programs

Commitment to clinical research

Active participation in clinical trials and bench-to-bedside research.

Superior

100

Score: 10

Superior: 10 out of 10


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