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


Washington, D.C. –  June 14, 2022 – UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been recognized as a Best Children’s Hospital for 2022-23 by U.S. News & World Report

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 16th year, are designed to assist patients, their families and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions. 

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

  • 19th nationally in nephrology
  • 47th nationally in pediatric diabetes & endocrinology
  • 29th nationally in pediatric neonatology
  • 19th nationally in pediatric orthopedics
  • 35th nationally in pediatric pulmonology & lung surgery

The orthopedics ranking 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.

“It is an honor to be named a Best Children’s Hospital by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to provide nationally ranked pediatric care, close to home, right here in Sacramento,” said Brad Simmons, chief administrator of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. “Congratulations to our entire team for delivering the highest quality of care to our children and their families.”

For 2022-23, 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. 

“Choosing the right hospital for a sick child is a critical decision for many parents,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis and managing editor at U.S. News. “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings spotlight hospitals that excel in specialized care.” 

The Best Children's Hospitals methodology factors objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as health equity and available clinical resources and compliance with best practices. To calculate the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, U.S. News gathered relevant data from children’s hospitals in early 2022 and from pediatric physicians and other health care organizations as well as available clinical resources, compliance with best practices, and efforts to promote diversity, equity and inclusion among patients and staff in 2022. 

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. More than 100 pediatric specialists and other experts provided input through methodology working groups. 

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