NEWS | June 9, 2014

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


UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in four pediatric subspecialties.

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UC Davis Children’s Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s top hospitals in four pediatric subspecialties.

Together with Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California, its longstanding partner in caring for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, urological issues and orthopaedic disorders, UC Davis ranked 22nd in orthopaedics and 47th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 23rd in nephrology and 28th in neonatology.  

“These rankings speak volumes about the excellence of UC Davis Children’s Hospital staff – the doctors, nurses, technicians and our teams who deliver the very best care 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.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in the 10 specialties of cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Eighty-nine hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

"Inclusion in this group of elite children's hospitals is a tribute to the deep commitment of our entire team to providing children with the finest care," said Margaret Bryan, administrator and chief executive officer at Shriners Hospital for Children – Northern California. "The rankings also reflect the value that the partnership between UC Davis Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospital offers children and families in the region."

According to data provided by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the Northern California Shriners Hospitals for Children is a top provider of pediatric orthopaedic care in California. 2012 OSHPD reporting (the most recent report available) identifies Shriners Hospital in Sacramento as the No. 1 provider of upper extremity orthopaedic care in the state, with a comprehensive program that treats children with hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder malformations, brachial plexus birth palsy and other neuromuscular disorders, including spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. In addition, the OSHPD data identifies the Sacramento Shriners Hospital as the top Northern California destination for pediatric scoliosis treatment.

The pediatric urology program at UC Davis partners with Shriners Hospital to care for infants and children with problems related to the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia of boys and girls. The department is a national leader in research studying human bladder stem cells to improve treatments for children with urological disorders.

UC Davis Children's Hospital manages the only pediatric nephrology program in the Sacramento region. Members of the UC Davis Children's Hospital pediatric nephrology medical team are nationally recognized for advances in treatment and research studies benefiting patients who have chronic diseases of the kidney.

The UC Davis Division of Neonatalogy treats infants with a variety of health conditions including birth asphyxia, congenital heart disease, congenital anomalies, infectious diseases and respiratory distress. Services include the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), a Level III-designated nursery for the Sacramento region, which provides clinical care and conducts research into health problems facing infants, including those who are born very prematurely, are extremely ill, or require surgery.

"Our rankings indicate our commitment and passion for bringing world-class pediatric services to the children of Sacramento and the Central Valley," said Robin Steinhorn, chair of pediatrics and medical director of UC Davis Children's Hospital. "We look forward to building on this year’s rankings by further investing in our pediatric facilities and recruiting outstanding pediatric specialists to our region."

Posted online today, the pediatrics rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.

Hospitals’ scores relied on patient outcomes, care-related resources each hospital makes available and reputation amongst physicians. To gather data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals and surveyed 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

The full rankings and methodology are available at

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California
Located across the street from UC Davis Medical Center at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information call 916-453-2000 or go online to

UC Davis Children's Hospital
UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving 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 critically ill children. 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. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit