FEATURE | Posted June 23, 2016

U.S. News & World Report ranks UC Davis Children's Hospital among nation's best

Five pediatric specialties named in U.S. News & World Report ranking

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital in five pediatric specialties in the new 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

UC Davis Children's Hospital ranked 19th in neonatology, 29th in diabetes and endocrinology, and 43rd in nephrology.

UC Davis Children's Hospital also ranked 32nd in urology and 38th in orthopaedics, in collaboration with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, orthopaedic disorders and urological issues.

"We are proud to be recognized nationally by U.S. News and applaud our UC Davis Children’s Hospital staff – the physicians, nurses, technicians and our teams who deliver excellence for children in the Sacramento region and beyond,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. "These rankings reflect our commitment and passion for bringing our world-class pediatric specialty care to the children of Sacramento and the 33-county area that we serve."

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings help parents determine where to get the best medical care for their children. The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Seventy-eight hospitals across the country ranked in at least one specialty. The following provides background about the UC Davis Children’s Hospital specialties, which were recognized:

The UC Davis Division of Neonatology (ranked 19th nationally) cares for premature and term infants with a wide variety of health conditions including birth asphyxia, congenital heart disease, congenital anomalies, infectious diseases and respiratory distress. The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level IV-designated nursery for the Sacramento region, provides clinical care for infants from throughout Northern California and conducts research into health problems facing infants, including those who are born very prematurely, are extremely ill or require surgery.

The UC Davis Pediatric Endocrinology Group (ranked 29th nationally) manages children with all types of disorders of the endocrine system using a multidisciplinary team approach to provide the best evaluation and treatment for children and their families. Children with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, precocious and delayed puberty, disorders of sexual development and obesity, as well as other complex disorders of the regulation of hormone function, are offered state-of-the-art care.

UC Davis Children’s Hospital has the only pediatric nephrology and renal transplant program (ranked 43rd nationally) in the greater Sacramento region. The Nephrology Clinic cares for children on dialysis and those with chronic kidney disease (CKD), renal transplants, hypertension, urinary tract infections, glomerulonephritis, stones, renal tubular acidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus (and other autoimmune disease) and hydronephrosis (and other prenatally diagnosed renal anomalies). The Nephrology Clinic follows a patient-centered, multidisciplinary team approach, in which transplant surgeons, urologists, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, dietitians and clinical nurses participate in the care of patients.

The pediatric urologic surgeons at UC Davis Children’s Hospital care for infants and children with problems related to the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia. The program (ranked 32nd nationally) is a national leader in clinical research and studying tissue engineering and stem cells to improve treatments for children with urological disorders. The department partners with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California to provide care for children with spina bifida.

The pediatric orthopaedic program at UC Davis Children’s Hospital (ranked 38th nationally) partners with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California to offer comprehensive musculoskeletal (bone, joint, or muscle) care for children. Children with complex pediatric problems are best managed by a medical-surgical team approach. Pediatric orthopaedic surgeons at UC Davis diagnose, treat, and manage such children’s musculoskeletal problems as limb and spine deformities, gait abnormalities, broken bones and bone or joint infections and tumors. The UC Davis Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) department helps to provide a variety of rehabilitation services for pediatric inpatients and outpatients, including specialized clinics such as its regional multidisciplinary muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular disease clinics, which meet twice weekly at UC Davis, the acquired pediatric brain injury clinic which meets weekly at UC Davis, and the spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and spasticity management clinics, which all meet weekly at Shriners.

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed here.