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Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt ranked 8th in nation by 'Child' magazine

Nashville, TN -- Less than one year after its move into a facility that is nationally recognized for its design, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt has been awarded a very public honor for the service the hospital provides. The Children's Hospital has been ranked in the top 10 children's hospitals in the nation, according to Child magazine.

Child magazine made the announcement Jan. 4 on the NBC morning show Today. The Children's Hospital was listed number eight in the nation from among 144 original applicants. The rankings also listed Vanderbilt Children's Hospital as seventh in the nation for pediatric cancer services.

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Harry Jacobson, M.D., says this is evidence that Vanderbilt has been successfully fulfilling its promise of building one of the nation's best children's hospitals. "The University made a conscious choice to offer pediatric clinical services for this region that are world class. The Child magazine ranking is an early endorsement that our investment is bearing fruit."

Hospital Chief Executive Officer Jim Shmerling said he is thrilled the hospital was so well received, but he said he is most proud of the fact that much of the information for the survey came from data collected before the new hospital opened. That means the credit goes-- not just to the new building itself-- but to the people who work inside it.

"It is quite humbling to be listed among some of the best children's hospitals in the country." Shmerling said. "A beautiful facility such as ours, full of state-of-the-art technology coupled with family-centered amenities can only be successful if it is staffed with physicians and hospital personnel that make it all work. We have to recognize the roots from which we are able to attract all these bright and talented people. Our greatest strength comes from being part o
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Contact: Carole Bartoo
carole.bartoo@vanderbilt.edu
615-322-4747
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
4-Jan-2005


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