UC Davis Children's Hospital ranks among nation's best in four specialties

Posted June 13, 2012

UC Davis Children's Hospital has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the nation's top hospitals in four pediatric specialties.

Together with Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California, UC Davis ranked 30th in urology and 40th in orthopaedics. UC Davis also ranked 48th in diabetes/endocrinology and 51st in nephrology.

"These rankings are much-deserved recognition of our pediatric specialists, their teams and their collaborators who provide world-class care to children," said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and its children's hospital. "Their passion and commitment to solving some of the most difficult issues in children's health — from obesity to rare kidney diseases — in a comforting, expert and family-centered environment is unparalleled."

Rice added that the rankings are just one indicator the hospital uses to determine success in achieving its high standards for patient care.

"Our primary goal is to maintain a strong culture of service and excellence, and the rankings are only one of the many tools we use to determine how well we are achieving that goal," she said.

"To be included in the elite group of outstanding children's hospitals is a reflection of the professionalism of our medical team and their enduring commitment to providing children with the finest care," said Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.

Ann Madden Rice"Our primary goal is to maintain a strong culture of service and excellence, and the rankings are only one of the many tools we use to determine how well we are achieving that goal."
— Ann Madden Rice

"The rankings also are a reflection of the partnerships we have formed with UC Davis Health System. We have worked hard, and successfully, with UC Davis to form relationships that strengthen all our programs and, most important, enhance the quality of care available to children and families in our region," Bryan added.

Posted online, the pediatrics rankings will be published in the Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, which will be available in August.

United research and clinical resources

The united research and clinical resources of UC Davis and Shriners Hospitals make Sacramento a destination for families seeking comprehensive reconstruction or rehabilitation services for children with musculoskeletal conditions, as well as evaluations and treatment for complex genitourinary disorders.

The pediatric urology program at UC Davis and Shriners is dedicated to the care of 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 bladder disorders.

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. According to the 2010 OSHPD report (the most recent report available), the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento is the number-one provider of upper extremity 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 Northern California Shriners Hospital ranks number one in scoliosis care in Northern California and number three in the entire state. It is a top-10 provider of cerebral palsy care in California.

The UC Davis pediatric endocrine team cares for children and adolescents with diabetes, thyroid disorders, and diseases affecting pituitary and hypothalamic function. An active research program focuses on diabetes mellitus, childhood obesity in disadvantaged populations, endocrine disrupters in the environment and the use of telehealth in the treatment and prevention of diabetes.

UC Davis Children's Hospital has the only pediatric nephrology program in the Sacramento region with a team that is nationally recognized for advanced care and research to improve outcomes -- including transplant outcomes -- and quality of life for children with serious kidney disease.

For families of sick children, the Best Children's Hospitals provides quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more. Since their 2007 debut, the rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals' performance over the opinions of physicians.

This year, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings. A separate reputational survey in which 1,500 pediatric specialists — 150 in each specialty — were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty made up the remaining 25 percent.

The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

Comprehensive care for children, adolescents and young adults

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical-care services. 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.

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The 110-bed hospital includes a 49-bed, state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit and a 16-bed pediatric intensive care unit. 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 children.ucdavis.edu.

Located across the street from UC Davis Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California is a regional pediatric medical center providing specialized care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate, burns and scars from any cause. For more information, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.