Sara Farris, Staff Writer
The Children's Cancer Hospital at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has been ranked No.13 in pediatric cancer care in the nation, according to the U.S. News Media Group 2009 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report.
"To be ranked as the No.13 children's hospital in the nation for cancer care is truly an honor," says Eugenie Kleinerman, M.D., head of the Children's Cancer Hospital. "It has taken a team effort to get us to where we are today. Two years ago, we weren't even included in the survey. Now we are setting our sights on a top 10 ranking."<
The Children's Cancer Hospital has continued to enhance clinical trials and research programs to bring the newest therapies to pediatric patients. Specialized medical care is coupled with supportive programs such as the in-hospital school, Child Life, creative arts and other activities offered to patients such as camp and educational field trips.
Within the past year, the Children's Cancer Hospital put extensive effort into adopting a family-centered care philosophy, which resulted in the formation of a Family Advisory Council and the hiring of a parent coordinator. The goal of the initiative is to build a stronger partnership between the hospital and families to provide the best care possible for pediatric patients.The full rankings are available at the U.S. News & World Report site, and the print issue will be available on newsstands beginning Tuesday, July 21.