Dell Children’s orthopedics ranks among nation’s best

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U.S. News and World Report releases Best Children’s Hospitals, Dell Children’s in top 50 for pediatric orthopedics

For the second consecutive year, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas is nationally recognized for its excellence in pediatric orthopedics, according to the U.S. News and World Report list of Best Children’s Hospitals.

Dell Children’s ranks among the nation’s top 50 programs, coming in at No. 47 in the pediatric orthopedics category. Dell Children’s is part of Ascension, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system.

“We’re honored to rank among the nation’s top programs for excellence in pediatric orthopedics,” said Meena Iyer, MD, chief medical officer at Dell Children’s. “Our improvement in ranking from last year shows our dedication and commitment to providing excellent care for Central Texas children. Recognition like this reminds us why we do what we do and inspires us to continue to strive for excellence.”

This year’s ranking shows improvement from the last, in which the orthopedics program placed No. 49. Hospitals are ranked by:

  • Patient outcomes
  • Patient safety
  • Nurse staffing
  • Other care-related factors

Why choose a pediatric specialist for orthopedics?

The Dell Children’s orthopedics program offers specialty care for children with a variety of orthopedic problems, from sports injuries to broken bones and congenital bone conditions.

Kids are special when it comes to orthopedic care, because they have cartilage growth plates in the bones — the spots where muscles and tendons attach. These can become weak or inflamed with excessive stress, and depending on a child’s growth they may be more prone to certain injuries.

“It’s important for kids to have an orthopedic specialist because children are not little adults,” said Jay Shapiro, MD, Dell Children’s pediatric orthopedic surgeon. “Their bodies and bones are still growing and getting the right care is important to having successful health outcomes later in life.”

In addition to the national ranking, Dell Children’s is the only Pediatric Level I Trauma Center in Central Texas. This is the highest level of trauma care available, nationally accredited by the American College of Surgeons.

Learn more about pediatric orthopedic services at Dell Children’s.