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St. Louis University School of Medicine Excels in Pediatric Medicine Rankings: An Emphasis on Infection Prevention and Patient Safety

Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLU School of Medicine) has received remarkable national recognition in the latest rankings of U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals by Specialty. Notably, five programs at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, steered by SLU School of Medicine faculty, earned positions within the top 50.

Also of note, SSM Health’s Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery (CT) and Neonatology programs ranked as the top providers in both St. Louis and Missouri. Pediatricians serving at SLU School of Medicine are at the vanguard of providing care for ill children and supporting their families.

Expressing his delight with the recognition, SLU’s Professor and Robert W. Wilmott Endowed Chair in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Andrew J. White, saluted the state-leading NICU team. He attributed the honor to the relentless dedication, skills, and hard work of nurses, physicians, and the entire Cardinal Glennon team. Their efforts continue to ensure the delivery of safest and best patient outcomes to their patients and their families in St Louis and beyond.

Ever since its establishment in 1836, SLU School of Medicine has been a pioneer in providing medical education and healthcare services, awarding the first ever medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The institution remains committed to educating physicians and biomedical scientists, spearheading medical research, and offering health care on a local, national, and international scale. Key areas of research include infectious disease, liver disease, cancer, heart/lung disease, and aging and brain disorders.

The U.S. News rankings are developed through an extensive survey that collects essential data from close to 200 medical centers. It evaluates factors such as patient safety, infection prevention, and the sufficiency of nurse staffing. Furthermore, a part of the final score derives from surveys with 15,000 pediatric specialists who share their opinions on the top choice hospital for treating the sickest children within their specialty. Remarkably, only 89 children’s hospitals earned a spot in at least one of the 10 pediatric specialties U.S. News evaluates in 2023.


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