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I can't even really explain it. It just felt right. It just felt like I was at the right place.
From NICU to College: Savannah Tucker's Story
Savannah Tucker was born with a rare skull deformity called craniosynostosis, also known as clover leaf skull. At just days old, she was airlifted from West Virginia to UVA for care.
Over the next several years, Savannah underwent over 20 surgeries. Further diagnosed with additional conditions including hydrocephalus, stroke and cerebral palsy, her initial prognosis was grim; doctors warned her family that she might not ever be able to walk.
Savannah says she has grown up at UVA, receiving care from a team of doctors from neurosciences, plastic surgery and orthopedics.
Watch the video as Savannah reflects on her journey.
We’re pleased that the hard work of our entire team has been recognized by U.S. News.
Four Specialties Ranked in U.S. News ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ Guide
Four UVA Children’s Hospital specialties have earned national rankings in the 2015-2016 U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide. The specialties ranked within the top 50 nationally include pulmonology, urology, orthopedics and neonatology.
"This national honor showcases the teamwork of our providers and their efforts to give our young patients coordinated, safe and high-quality care,” said Pamela M. Sutton-Wallace, chief executive officer of UVA Medical Center.
The yearly rankings are based on a variety of criteria including safety and outcomes, best practices, availability of advanced technology and specialized clinics and programs.
“We’re pleased that the hard work of our entire team has been recognized by U.S. News,” said James P. Nataro, MD, physician-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital. “We will continue striving to provide excellent care and service to children and their families from across Virginia and beyond.”