NEWS | October 2, 2017

UC Davis Children's Hospital receives the 2018 Women's Choice Award


UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best Children’s Hospital  and Best Children’s Hospital for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award, America’s trusted referral source for the best in health care.

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“Our Best Children’s Hospitals award helps raise awareness of the top quality care offered for children, not only the critically ill, with specialists, services and technologies for their unique needs,” said Delia Passi, founder and chief executive officer of the Women’s Choice Award, and former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines. 

“We found in our studies that 75 percent of women associate children’s hospitals with care for seriously ill children and nearly 50 percent of women are unfamiliar with the offerings of a children’s hospital,” said Passi. “Our goal at the Women’s Choice Award is to help moms, and parents, make educated, confident decisions about where to take their children for a wide range of health care services.”

The list of 67 award winners, including UC Davis Children’s Hospital, represents hospitals that meet the highest standards for child care.    

“We are honored to receive the Best Children’s Hospitals designation from the Women’s Choice Award, which is made possible by the excellence and dedication of our health care teams,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

The designation of Best Children’s Hospitals is based on a point system and self-reported data from almost 100 children’s hospitals in the nation. Hospitals are judged according to the availability of specific services and capabilities, including:

  • Family-centered care
  • Family sleeping/living accommodations
  • Dedicated pediatric emergency department
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Neonatal ICU
  • Child life specialists
  • Use of telehealth technologies
  • Participation in pediatric health research
  • Accreditation by the Joint Commission
  • Pediatric trauma center accreditation

For each of the available services, hospitals received five points towards their scores with the exception of NICU, which earns five points for a Level IV and two points for a Level III. A maximum of 50 points could be earned for these services.

Points were also assigned to a hospital based on the number of beds per board-certified pediatric professional in the following specialties: anesthesiology, radiology, orthopedics, cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonology, nephrology, gastroenterology, urology, oncology and neonatology. Points of 5, 3, 1 or 0 were assigned based on the relative number of beds per physician, with those having the least average beds scoring the most points. Each hospital’s results were also weighted based on the average beds per physician for all the reporting hospitals. Lastly, up to six additional points were provided for high levels of professional, nursing and support staff.

For more information on the 2018 Best Children’s Hospitals, visit

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital providing care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for its critically ill patients, as well as the West Coast's only level I children's surgery center. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. For more information, visit