Report: Orlando children's hospital among tops in the country

Hunter's Creek Emergency Department on John Young Parkway is celebrating its first anniversary this month

Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children was named among the best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital ranked 25th in urology, 27th in pulmonology and 33rd in cardiology and heart surgery.

"To be ranked among such a prestigious group of hospitals is an honor and reflects the hard work and commitment our physicians, nurses, and team members put into caring for our patients," said Kathy Swanson, president of Arnold Palmer Medical Center, in a statement.

Dr. Ginny Kwong has been named vice president and chief medical information officer for Halifax Health. She has been with the hospital since 2004, first as a hospitalist and later as chief of Halifax Health's Family Medicine Department.

The hospital system has also started a $1 million construction project to expand its Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit from 9 to 14 beds.

The freestanding Hunter's Creek Emergency Department on John Young Parkway celebrated its one year anniversary this month. It has served 22,000 patients in its first year.

The one-story $10 million facility is affiliated with Osceola Regional Medical Center, an HCA hospital. The facility provides 24/7 emergency services for adults and children and is staffed by 45 health care professionals.

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