Lurie Children’s is the first free-standing pediatric hospital in U.S., and the first hospital in Illinois, to achieve five Magnet designations for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program®. Magnet designation is the gold standard for excellence and quality nursing care, distinguishing an outstanding environment for professional nursing practice. This includes a strong nursing governance structure, innovation and nursing research, inter-disciplinary collaboration and engaged nursing professionals.
Earlier this year Lurie Children’s became the first pediatric hospital in Illinois to implant a new FDA-approved device that closes a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of a patient’s heart, allowing interventional cardiologists to permanently fix one of the most common forms of congenital heart disease, atrial septal defect (ASD). The minimally invasive procedure uses a device called GORE® Cardioform ASD Occluder, which conforms to the patient’s unique anatomy. Patients who receive the device usually go home within 24 hours.
Lurie Children’s was one of eight recipients to receive an up to $16 million, seven-year award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop the Integrated Care for Kids model. This new model of care aims to improve health outcomes and reduce costs of care for children covered by Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In partnership with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and neighborhood organizations in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin and Austin neighborhoods, Lurie Children’s will create a socially and clinically integrated network to serve 43,000 children and young adults.
Lurie Children's continues to be the top children’s hospital in Illinois, ranked in all 10 specialties by the U.S.News & World Report for 2020-2021 in their Best Children’s Hospitals survey. These included Urology (#7), Cardiology/Heart Surgery (#8) and Neonatology (#8). Lurie Children’s remains the only pediatric hospital in the state to receive recognition in all 10 ranked specialties. The rankings underscored the hospital’s superior clinical outcomes, which are among the best in the nation.