Riley Hospital for Children knows how to celebrate. Patients/families, doctors, nurses, and staff flooded the balloon-filled maternity tower atrium to celebrate the 2023-2024 US News and World Report rankings, making Riley the only children’s hospital to be ranked nationally in the state of Indiana and 1 of 22 children’s hospitals to be ranked in 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties. This celebration was coupled with the Indianapolis Colts’ cheerleaders and Indiana Fever mascot, Freddy, to bring the energy as representatives (including doctors, nurses, and patients) from each pediatric specialty paraded down the red carpet waving a flag overhead with their respective ranking on it.
Riley Children’s Health President Gil Peri emphasized the power of “team” in his opening remarks highlighting all of the key people that patients and families encounter throughout their Riley journey, including but not limited to, valet/guest relations, registration staff, child life specialists, doctors, nurses, and music/dance therapists. He was followed by members of his team, Dr. Wade Clapp (Chair, Department of Pediatrics) and Dr. Mara Nitu (Chief Medical Officer) who shared similar remarks on the power of the Riley team and how far this organization has come.
Dr. Nitu emphasized that this is a “Great celebration of consistency and high quality care,” and thanked Riley families for trusting Riley with their children and being an essential part of the team.