UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Ranked Among Nation's Premier Hospitals

June 09, 2015
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Sign outside UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, with campuses in San Francisco and Oakland, is among the nation's premier children's hospitals in nine pediatric specialties, according to the 2015-2016 U.S. Best Children's Hospitals rankings conducted by the U.S. News Media Group.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals earned its highest rankings in diabetes and endocrinology, cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, neonatology and nephrology, and is the best in the Bay Area in five specialties.

This year UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals was evaluated based on both of its locations — San Francisco and Oakland.

"U.S. News' rankings are one more validation of our daily work to provide the best pediatric health care possible throughout Northern California. Patients now benefit from an even greater depth of expertise and innovation that comes from working together at our two campuses," said Mark Laret, CEO of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

In January 2014, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland affiliated, building on the hospitals' mutual commitment to provide outstanding care to children in local communities, and advance medical discovery and treatment for the world.

The two hospitals have worked together for decades and are highly regarded nationally as well as internationally, each having made significant advancements in developing new treatments and achieving better health outcomes for children.

The majority of the U.S News ranking score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News gathered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

The 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. Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 83 hospitals ranked in at least one specialty.

"The excellent patient care at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals is underscored by its commitment to the research that's translated into effective treatments for our pediatric patients," said Dr. Bert Lubin, CEO of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and a pediatrician. "We are extremely proud of our rankings, which demonstrate the value of our affiliation and the services we provide together to all children."

The complete rankings for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are:

The complete list of children's hospital rankings is available online and will be published in the upcoming Best Hospitals print guide, published by U.S. News.

About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco creates an environment where children and their families find compassionate care at the forefront of scientific discovery, with more than 150 experts in 50 medical specialties serving patients throughout Northern California and beyond. The hospital admits about 5,000 children each year, including 2,000 babies born in the hospital. For more information, visit www.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org.

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About UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (formerly Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland) is a premier, not-for-profit medical center and is the only hospital in the East Bay 100 percent devoted to pediatrics. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is a national leader in many pediatric specialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, neonatology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and sports medicine. The hospital is one of only five ACS Pediatric Level I Trauma Centers in the state, and has one of largest pediatric intensive care units in Northern California.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland's research arm, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI), is internationally known for its basic and clinical research. CHORI is at the forefront of translating research into interventions for treating and preventing human diseases.

For more information, go to www.childrenshospitaloakland.org and www.chori.org.

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