UCSF Children's Hospital ranks among nation's best in eight specialties

UCSF Children’s Hospital ranks among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in eight specialties and is one of the top-ranked facilities in California, according to the new 2010-11 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.

This year’s survey evaluates the top 30 hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties: cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology; heart and heart surgery; kidney care; neonatology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.

UCSF Children’s Hospital is ranked in the top 25 for eight of the 10 specialties, with top 15 rankings in diabetes and endocrinology, kidney care, and neonatology. These standings make UCSF one of the top four pediatric facilities in California, along with Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA.

“This recognition is a testament to the efforts our nurses and doctors make every day, providing exceptional care to the most medically complex pediatric patients,” said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Children’s Hospital. “As we prepare to break ground this year on the new UCSF Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay, we look forward to increasing our ability to provide the best healthcare to young patients from our region and around the world.”

“We are proud to be among the finest children’s hospitals nationally, regionally and locally,” said Roxanne Fernandes, executive director of UCSF Children’s Hospital. “UCSF Children’s Hospital really is San Francisco’s children’s hospital, and our doors are open to any family seeking the very best in routine and complex care.”

Sam Hawgood, MBBS, dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, added, “Our clinical excellence is synchronized with the research of UCSF’s outstanding physician-scientists who translate our laboratory discoveries into effective treatments for our patients.”

The survey methodology is based on a three-part blend of reputation, medical outcomes, and care-related indicators such as patient volume, nurse staffing, clinical support services, and other factors. Hospitals were judged on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a 75-page survey covering a range of important medical information.

The complete list of children’s hospital rankings is available online at http://www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and will be published in the August 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands July 27.

UCSF Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Rankings:

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology – 14
  • Kidney – 14
  • Neonatology – 14
  • Gastroenterology – 17
  • Cancer – 21
  • Heart & Heart Surgery – 21
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery – 21
  • Urology – 24

UCSF Children’s Hospital creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit http://www.ucsfchildrenshospital.org.