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U.S. News & World Report names UC Davis Children’s Hospital among nation’s best


UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a 2023-2024 Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, now in their 17th year, are designed to assist parents of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses and their doctors in choosing the right hospital for them.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked among the nation’s 50 best in three specialty care areas:

  • 34th nationally in nephrology
  • 41st nationally in pediatric diabetes & endocrinology
  • 20th nationally in pediatric orthopedics, which was awarded in collaboration with Shriners Children’s – Northern California, UC Davis Children’s Hospital’s longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic disorders and urological issues

Regionally, UC Davis Children’s Hospital was ranked 8th in California and 10th in the Pacific Region.

“We are proud to be named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. It is our privilege to provide nationally ranked pediatric care, close to home, right here in Sacramento,” said Brad Simmons, chief administrator of UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital. “Our physicians, nurses and support staff put their heart into everything that they do to support our patient families. Congratulations to our entire team for delivering the highest quality of care to our children and their families.”

Michelle James, chief of orthopedic surgery at Shriners Children’s Northern California, said their team is honored to be recognized in pediatric orthopedics, in partnership with UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“We are very proud of our 26-year partnership,” James said. “For pediatric orthopedists, our greatest professional joy is helping children accomplish things that are important to them. I applaud our physicians, nurses, care teams and staff for their ongoing leadership, innovation and collaboration, allowing us to provide the highest quality care for our patients.”

U.S. News, together with RTI International, a North Carolina-based research and consulting firm, collected and analyzed data from 119 children’s hospitals and surveyed thousands of pediatric specialists. Children’s hospitals awarded a “Best” designation excelled at factors such as clinical outcomes, level and quality of hospital resources directly related to patient care and expert opinion among pediatric specialists.

For 2023-24, U.S. News ranked the top 50 centers in each of these 10 pediatric specialties. For the second year, the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings featured expanded offerings that include state rankings and multi-state regional rankings.

“For 17 years, U.S. News has provided comprehensive information to help parents of sick children and their doctors find the best children’s hospital to treat their illness or condition,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News.

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