Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida Nationally Recognized; Seven Specialties Rank Among the Nation's Best in 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

Shands Hospital for Children at the University of Florida has been recognized among the nation’s best in seven medical specialties in the 2012-13 U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released today.

Three of the interdisciplinary UF&Shands pediatric programs were ranked highest in the state — diabetes and endocrinology (13th nationally), cardiology and heart surgery (25th nationally) and gastroenterology (27th nationally). Shands Hospital for Children also ranked 27th in nephrology, 32nd in pulmonology, 37th in neonatology and 49th in neurology and neurosurgery.

The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.

“The recognition of so many of our pediatric specialties as among the best in the country, and the best in Florida, shows the greatness our program,” said Scott Rivkees, M.D., chairman of the department of pediatrics at the UF College of Medicine. “Our national recognition is due to the expertise of the phenomenal physicians and staff who care for the children who come to Shands Hospital for Children to receive the best treatment available anywhere. Our thanks and admiration goes to these dedicated individuals.”

The full rankings and methodology are available at The rankings also will be published in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.

The pediatric program at Shands Hospital for Children is the second largest in the state of Florida both in number of admissions and patient days.

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UF&Shands Launches New, Improved Website

UF&Shands, the University of Florida Academic Health Center, heightened its presence on the Web in June, launching a new patient-centric site that serves as a comprehensive source of information about medical conditions, clinical research studies, health care providers and other important health topics. officially replaces and the UF Health Science Center’s domains.

In addition to topics of interest to patients, the new website focuses heavily on the research, teaching and community service missions of UF&Shands. As such, the move reflects the continued integration of UF&Shands as the University of Florida Academic Health Center.

To date, 40,000 web pages have been upgraded and more will follow. The site also includes Facebook, Twitter and other social media to encourage conversations and connectivity.

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