At Nemours, we treat children with all kinds of diseases and conditions, including complex and terminal illnesses. No matter what a child’s predicted outcome, we make every effort to do whatever it takes to improve the lives and the longevity of every patient we see.
In fact, for years we’ve had a better-than-expected mortality rate, meaning that there were far fewer deaths in hospitalized patients (“inpatients”) compared to the national rate at other pediatric facilities for the expected number of deaths in children with critical and terminal illnesses.
In 2009, we did 66% better than anticipated compared to forecasts for similar children’s hospitals nationwide. Nemours even achieved “best of class” for keeping our mortality rates so low.