UC Children’s Hospitals are in the country’s top 50 for pediatric specialties


UC Health Children’s Hospitals were recognized Tuesday by US News and World Report for excellence in various areas of pediatric care.

According to a press release from the university, UC Davis Children’s Hospital, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco were ranked in the top 50 of the nearly 200 facilities assessed in the annual, nationwide clinical survey.

US News and World Report considered pediatric specialties in cancer, cardiology and cardiac surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and pulmonary surgery, and urology, according to US News and World Report website.

This year’s evaluation introduced a new regional ranking system as US News and World Report recognized the importance of the location for families, said Ben Harder, editor-in-chief of US News and World Report and chief of health analysis. UC hospitals are among the top 10 pediatric hospitals in California.

“Earlier this year we heard from children’s hospitals that many of them were not doing their normal business because they were serving as (COVID-19) overflow hospitals for adult hospitals,” Harder said. “In many cases, they did not treat children as usual because they tried to keep these children at home.”

The rankings were mainly determined using data from the previous year. According to Harder, US News and World Report also used up-to-date information from third-party organizations that certified the hospitals to monitor comparisons.

Individual doctors were also asked about their methods of dealing with patients.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is ranked third best children’s hospital in the state alongside Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, ranking in the top 50 nationwide for pediatric specialties according to the US News and World Report website. The hospital’s highest national ranking achieved fourth place for its neonatal services.

“Last year, our teams took on a new challenge to serve the children of our communities,” said Mark Laret, president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health, in a press release. “Your efforts have been tremendous and we are so proud that you have been recognized again for the excellence you provide every day.”

UCLA Mattel’s Children’s Hospital was among the best in the country in neonatology, nephrology, cancer, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neurology and orthopedics and urology.

UC Davis received recognition for its work in neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics, and urology.

According to Harder, the US News and World Report plans to highlight aspects of health equity and behavioral and mental health in adolescents and young children in its future reviews as mental health concerns become more apparent during the pandemic.

“We are expanding our ranking further to examine other care areas that are relevant to the families we care for,” said Harder.

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