NEWS | June 9, 2015

UC Davis Children's Hospital listed in the nation's Best Children's Hospital rankings

Five pediatric specialties named in U.S. News & World Report ranking


 U.S. News & World Report has ranked UC Davis Children’s Hospital in five pediatric specialties in the new 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

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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 neonatology, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and urology.

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 Children's Hospital ranked 29th in orthopaedics and 20th in urology. UC Davis also ranked 17th in neonatology, 33rd in diabetes and endocrinology and 45th in neurology and neurosurgery. 

“We are so pleased to have expanded our national rankings this year with US News & World Report and applaud our UC Davis Children’s Hospital staff – the doctors, nurses, technicians and our teams who deliver world-class 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. "It's our privilege to share this recognition with Shriners Hospital. Our partnership continues to strengthen our region as a whole."

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

"Our inclusion this elite group of outstanding children's hospitals is a tribute to our talented medical team and their commitment to providing excellent care to children with complex medical needs," said Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California. "The rankings confirm the high quality of medical resources in our region. Our partnership with UC Davis Children's Hospital has greatly strengthened the delivery of pediatric care in our community. That partnership ensures that families throughout Northern California can secure the best possible outcomes from highly specialized medical procedures. We take great pride in this accomplishment."

The Northern California Shriners Hospital is a top provider of pediatric orthopaedic care in California, according to data provided by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The comprehensive program provides care and rehabilitation for children with congenital conditions and injuries. Among the thousands of children treated by the orthopaedic team are children with scoliosis, limb deficiencies, sports injuries, hand,wrist, elbow, and should malformations, brachial plexus birth palsy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.   

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.

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 IV-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.

The UC Davis Pediatric Endocrinology Group uses a multidisciplinary team approach to provide state-of-the-art care to children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, growth disorders, precocious and delayed puberty, disorders of sexual development, obesity as well as other complex disorders of the regulation of hormone function.

The neurologists and neurosurgeons at UC Davis Children’s Hospital are committed to setting the standard for treating infants and children with neurologic diseases. In cooperation with pediatric experts across UC Davis Health System, the hospital’s pediatric neurosurgeons provide advanced clinical care and intervention for children suffering from diseases that affect the developing brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system.

Posted online today, the pediatrics rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

Hospitals’ scores relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists, who 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 Hospital provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. 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