Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA ranked among best children's hospitals in U.S.

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UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital has been recognized as one of the nation's top pediatric hospitals in U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Children's Hospitals" rankings, now available online at
Nationally, Mattel Children's Hospital was recognized for excellence in nine of the rankings' 10 categories, including gastroenterology (ranked No. 9), kidney disorders (6), diabetes and endocrinology (11), heart and heart surgery (16), orthopedics (19), neurology and neurosurgery (23), neonatology (24), cancer (26) and urology (39).
"Following years of tradition, we are proud that UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital was once again ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals," said Dr. Sherin Devaskar, the hospital's physician-in-chief and UCLA's assistant vice chancellor for children's health, who holds the Mattel Executive Endowed Chair in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics.
"Most notably," Devaskar said, "our gastroenterology program was ranked the highest on the West Coast, our diabetes–endocrinology program ranked in the top two on the West Coast, our nephrology program was ranked the best in California, and our neurology–neurosurgery, cardiology–heart surgery, and orthopedic programs all ranked within the top three in the state of California. These rankings acknowledge our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff, who proudly deliver great care and compassion to the children and families at Mattel Children's Hospital every day."
Now in its fifth year, "Best Children's Hospitals" pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate in the 2011–12 rankings. The survey asked hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, sub-specialist availability, and many other critical issues that would be difficult or impossible for parents or others in charge of a child's care to find on their own.
The data from the survey was combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems. Seventy-six hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty.
"We salute UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital," said Avery Comarow, the health rankings editor for U.S. News. "The goal of the 'Best Children's Hospitals' rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital is one of those centers."
The 2011–12 edition of "America's Best Children's Hospitals" is currently available online. It will appear in the "Best Hospitals" print guide published by U.S. News, which will be available on in mid-August and on newsstands Aug. 30.
For the full rankings and methodology, visit
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, one of the highest-rated children's hospitals in California, is a vital component of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, ranked the fifth best hospital in nation and best in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report. Mattel Children's Hospital offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents. The hospital's mission is to provide state?of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for children in a compassionate atmosphere and to improve the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases.
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