UC children’s hospitals rank in nation’s top 50 for pediatric specialties

UC Health’s children’s hospitals were recognized Tuesday for excellence in several specialties within pediatric care by US News and World Report.

The annual, nationwide clinical survey ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco in the top 50 of the nearly 200 institutions evaluated, according to a university press release.

US News and World Report considered pediatric specialties in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery and urology, according to the US News and World Report website.

This year’s review introduced a new system of regional placement as US News and World Report recognized the importance of location to families, said Ben Harder, editor of US News and World Report and chief of health analysis. The UC hospitals were listed as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in California.

“Early this year, we heard from children’s hospitals that many of them were not doing their normal activity because they served as (COVID-19) adult hospital overflow hospitals,” Harder said. “In many cases, they were not treating children the way they normally would because they were trying to keep those children at home.”

Rankings were determined using data largely from the previous year. US News and World Report also used current information from outside organizations that certified the hospitals as a way to verify comparisons, according to Harder.

Individual physicians were also interviewed about their methodologies for treating patients.

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is ranked as the state’s third-best pediatric hospital, next to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, by ranking in the top 50 for pediatric specialties nationwide, according to the US News and World Report website. The hospital’s highest national ranking was fourth for its neonatology services.

“Over the past year, our teams have taken on a new challenge to serve the children of our communities,” said Mark Laret, president and chief executive officer of UCSF Health, in a press release. “Their efforts have been tremendous and we are so proud that they have been recognized again for the excellence they provide every day.”

UCLA Mattel’s Children’s Hospital was ranked among the nation’s best in neonatology, nephrology, cancer, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neurology and orthopedics, and urology.

UC Davis has been recognized for his work in neonatology, nephrology, orthopedics and urology.

According to Harder, US News and World Report plan to highlight aspects of health equity and behavioral and mental health in adolescents and young children in future assessments as mental health concerns become more apparent during the pandemic.

“We continue to expand our rankings to look at other areas of care relevant to the families we serve,” Harder said.

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