7 California Facilities Among U.S. News’ ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’
Details of Rankings
For the rankings, U.S News examined responses to a clinical survey from 109 pediatric centers and a separate reputational survey that yielded responses from about 2,800 pediatric specialists and subspecialists (Harder, U.S. News & World Report, 6/9).
U.S. News assessed the performance of the hospitals across 10 pediatric specialties:
- Cardiology and cardiac surgery;
- Diabetes and endocrinology;
- Neurology and neurosurgery;
- Pulmonology; and
- Urology ("Best Children's Hospitals" list, June 2015).
Hospitals' rankings were based on three key measurements:
- Care-related resources, such as adequate nurse staffing;
- Clinical outcomes, such as cancer survival rates; and
- Efficiency and coordination of the care delivery process, such best-practice compliance.
The top 12 hospitals made U.S. News' "Honor Roll" list, meaning they ranked at or near the top in at least three specialties. The highest-ranking facilities on the "Honor Roll" list were:
- Boston Children's Hospital, which ranked first;
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, which ranked second; and
- Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, which ranked third (U.S. News & World Report, 6/9).
Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which ranked seventh overall, was the highest-rated California facility -- making the "Honor Roll" for the seventh year in a row (Children's Hospital Los Angeles release, 6/9).
Other California hospitals that made the lists were:
- Children's Hospital of Orange County;
- Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford;
- Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA;
- Rady Children's Hospital;
- UC-Davis Children's Hospital; and
- UC-San Francisco Benioff Children's Hospital (U.S. News California rankings, June 2015).