See California’s top children’s hospitals in the US news rankings


The US News and World Report 2021 Ranking of the Best Children's Hospitals in the Country includes nationwide rankings, with Los Angeles Children's Hospital topping California.

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The US News and World Report 2021 Ranking of the Best Children’s Hospitals in the Country includes nationwide rankings, with Los Angeles Children’s Hospital topping California.

LOS ANGELES, CA – California has two children’s hospitals – Los Angeles Children’s Hospital and Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital – that made the first list of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the country by US News and World Report.

US News added a state ranking to its list of the best children’s hospitals in the country for the first time when it released the 2021 rankings Tuesday, placing Los Angeles Children’s Hospital first. Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital Second; UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, San Francisco and Oakland and Rady Children’s Hospital ranked third; CHOC Children’s Hospital and Valley Children’s Healthcare and Hospital are in fifth place; UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital seventh; UC Davis Children’s Hospital eighth; and Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach share ninth place; and Shriners Hospitals for Children-Northern California tenth.

“This year’s new state and regional rankings can help families easily find local hospitals that meet their children’s needs,” said Ben Harder, editor-in-chief of US News, in a press release. “With the pandemic continuing to affect travel, finding quality care close to where you live has never been more important.”

US News’ top children’s hospitals were also sorted by region this year. All rankings were determined through a clinical survey sent to about 200 hospitals nationwide and another survey that included input from more than 100 pediatric experts, US News said.

Specifically, the researchers looked at three categories – clinical outcomes, care coordination, and care-related resources – when determining the rankings. All of the data used in the rankings came before the coronavirus outbreak turned into a pandemic, according to US News.

Philadelphia Children’s Hospital is the premier children’s hospital in the Central Atlantic; The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is the highest ranked in the Midwest; Boston Children’s Hospital in New England; Los Angeles Children’s Hospital in the Pacific Region; Colorado Children’s Hospital in the Rocky Mountains; and an association between the Atlanta Children’s Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in the southeast and the Texas Children’s Hospital in the southwest.

Children’s National Hospital in Washington, DC, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in Palo Alto, California also made the US News Children’s Hospital roll of honor.

The country’s best pediatric hospitals in specific specialties were also listed. Texas Children’s Hospital ranked top in pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in pediatric cancer, and Children’s National Hospital in neonatology.

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