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.

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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