Published on: 11/08/2013
Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) has been designated a member of the Optum Centers of Excellence network in the area of Congenital Heart Disease for 2013. As a member of the Centers of Excellence network, MCH is recognized for having met or exceeded rigorous performance standards and quality guidelines.
“We are honored that the MCH Heart Program has been designated an Optum Health Center of Excellence,” said Michael Davis, Vice President of Service Lines. “The Heart Program is dedicated to providing the best and most innovative care possible for children with complex heart conditions, many of whom travel to us from great distances in search of top-quality care. The Center of Excellence designation will help the families of prospective patients in identifying and accessing our program as they pursue the best possible care for children in need,” he said.
“We are grateful to have received this designation as it reflects OptumHealth’s support of our mission to provide hope through advanced care for our children and families,” said Dr. John Rhodes
, Medical Director of Pediatric Cardiology Services and the Adult Congenital Heart Program
at Miami Children’s Hospital.
Since 1986, OptumHealth has been identifying complex medical conditions for which there is a quantifiable variance among treatment providers. The company’s solutions and services are developed to support safe, successful and cost-effective management of patients with these conditions. Only those programs that meet strict Optum clinical criteria, as determined through the initial and annual evaluation process, are considered for inclusion in its Centers of Excellence networks.
Centers of Excellence network membership shows the high standards upon which MCH professionals pride themselves on and deliver exceptional health care each and every day.
Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With approximately 80,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). www.optum.com
About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine. In fact, it is the only hospital in Florida to be ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties assessed by U.S. News & World Report in its annual Best Children's Hospitals rankings for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 and 2013-14. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.