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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Excel in Pediatric Specialties

Leaders in the Bay Area in 5 Specialties, According to U.S. News & World Report

June 21, 2016
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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals have placed among the nation's premier children's hospitals in all 10 pediatric specialties.

The hospitals ranked among the top 25 in eight of the 10 specialties and were best in the Bay Area in five practices — cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology — according to U.S. News & World Report, which released the results of its best pediatric hospitals on June 21, 2016.

The 2016-17 results mark the 10th year of publication of the pediatric rankings, which serve as a guide to hospitals that lead in treating the sickest children.

"We are delighted that once again UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are among those highly acclaimed hospitals listed by U.S. News," said Mark Laret, chief executive officer of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. "Our physicians, nurses, other patient care workers — all of us — take the care of the children and families we serve very seriously. They drive our aspirations for excellence in care and research in the pediatric field."

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals include campuses in San Francisco and in Oakland. The two hospitals affiliated in January 2014.

"The outstanding patient care and treatments at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are supported by the hospitals' world-class research and the education of residents," said Dr. Bert Lubin, chief executive officer of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and a pediatrician. "Our rankings demonstrate the value of the services we provide to all children in our community, as well as nationally and globally."

The rankings are based on clinical data from 183 pediatric centers and on the opinions of nearly 11,000 surveyed pediatric specialists and subspecialists. Among the factors taken into consideration are clinical outcomes, efficiency and co-ordination of care delivery, infection control, compliance with best practices and resources including number of nurses and availability of programs for certain conditions. Among the hospitals evaluated, 78 were ranked in at least one specialty.

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.

The complete rankings for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals for 2016-17 are:

The complete list of children's hospital rankings is available online and will be published in the Best Hospitals print guide.

U.S. News will publish its best adult hospital rankings on Aug. 2, 2016.

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

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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.

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