Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago was named by Parents magazine as one of the country’s 20 most innovative children’s hospitals in 2018. To compile the list, the magazine sent a detailed survey to 162 hospital members of the Children’s Hospital Association, asking about published studies, patents, technology use, partnerships, and innovations across specialty areas. The winning hospitals were selected because they adopted the latest technologies and successfully implemented their own innovations that made a difference in their patients’ lives.
“Innovation is key to advancing pediatric care and realizing our vision to achieve a healthier future for every child,” says Patrick M. Magoon, President & CEO of Lurie Children’s. “We are proud to be recognized for our innovations and listed among this elite group of children’s hospitals.”
Innovations from Lurie Children’s highlighted by Parents in its October issue include:
To cultivate innovation, in 2014 Lurie Children’s launched IGNITE Innovation Center that is geared to patients in the hospital’s Lefkofsky Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Founded by PICU physician Marcelo Malakooti, MD, the foundation of IGNITE relies on cross-pollinating with a wide variety of experts from different industries, who hold a vested interest in children’s health, to rapidly generate creative ideas and solutions. Innovation forums are held throughout the year, and each addresses a critical issue facing patients, families and staff in the PICU.
“The solutions that have been produced as a result of IGNITE’s creative fast-track ideation have been translated into meaningful interventions,” says Dr. Malakooti. “We are fusing healthcare innovation with community engagement for enhancing children’s health.”
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 208,000 children from 50 states and 58 countries.