The Division of Urology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has had many successes worth celebrating in 2013. Each of these accomplishments invigorates us to push the boundaries of care further in the year to come.
Our Division was ranked No. 1 in U.S.News & World Report’s 2013–14 Best Children’s Hospitals survey for treatment of complex pediatric urologic issues, garnering the highest score possible in every category measured — the only hospital to do so. CHOP also earned the No. 1 spot overall on U.S.News’ 2013–14 Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals in the nation, and is the only hospital in the country in the top 4 in all 10 specialties ranked.
These rankings reflect and reaffirm our commitment to providing excellent patient care. We continually strive to maintain our preeminence in the high-end areas of pediatric urologic reconstruction, robotics, and stone disease. We also work to streamline healthcare delivery for more common, less complex problems such as uncontrolled day wetting, nocturnal enuresis, and recurrent urinary tract infections. We aim to reduce costs where we can, improve outcomes, and ultimately improve the patient experience.
We have developed and implemented strategies to reduce catheterassociated urinary tract infections (CA-UTI) within our institution, which have resulted in a 71% reduction in these infections and translated into better care for our patients. Our minimally invasive surgery program continues to grow, with nearly 400 robotic surgeries performed to date and nearly 75 this year alone.
We also continue to grow our pediatric stone program, which includes skilled nephrologists, urologists, dieticians, and advanced practice providers who offer unparalleled surgical and medical management for children with complex stone disease.
As the No. 1 NIH-funded independent children’s hospital, we are pursuing invaluable research in the clinical and basic translational sciences. Examples of such research include studying the impact of the adolescent varicocele on subsequent fertility and paternity, and the efficacy of biofeedback training in the management of pediatric dysfunctional voiding.
Our Division continues to experience growth, with more than 15,000 outpatient visits and 2,250 surgical cases in FY 13, a 5% increase over FY 12. While we’ve seen growth in our international patient visits, we also continue our regional expansion, with the opening of new primary care practices, pediatric specialty care sites, and urgent care centers.
Our exceptional faculty members continue to receive national and international acknowledgement for their impact on the field. Among them, Dr. Howard M. Snyder, our senior colleague and mentor, was recently awarded this year’s Pediatric Urology Medal by the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Urology. It is the highest honor a pediatric urologist can receive in his or her career and one that gives us great pride.