UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital recognized for overall excellence in pediatrics

U.S. News and World Report ranks UCLA in all 10 specialties surveyed
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UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital’s overall excellence in pediatric care is highlighted in a national assessment published online today.

The annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings by U.S. News and World Report recognizes UCLA for quality in all 10 specialties it measures.

The assessment of 187 hospitals relies on clinical data and reputation surveys of health care providers to identify the top 50 pediatrics programs in the U.S. in each of the disciplines. UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital placed in all 10 specialties.

Two UCLA pediatric programs ranked in the top 15 nationally — nephrology (12) and orthopaedics (15). Eight other programs placed in the top 50 — gastroenterology (31), neurology/neurosurgery (32), cardiology (35), urology (40), neonatology (43), pulmonology (43), endocrinology (44) and cancer (45).

“UCLA provides outstanding care to children with a wide range of medical conditions, as reflected in these rankings, and we continue to place among the nation’s top children’s hospitals,” said Dr. Sherin Devaskar, physician-in-chief of UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and the Mattel Executive Endowed Chair of the department of pediatrics. “We are proud of the continued strong showing of our programs.”

Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health and CEO of UCLA Hospital System, said, “We are proud of the highly skilled teams of physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers and others who collaborate closely to provide family-focused, inpatient care to patients at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital.”

To determine the rankings, U.S. News surveyed hospitals for data on patient outcomes, number of procedures performed, staffing levels, use of technology, clinical support programs and a wide range of other information. The methodology (PDF) also incorporated responses from more than 3,200 pediatricians who were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, regardless of location or expense.

UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, which is located in the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, has been consistently recognized for broad excellence since the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings were introduced in 2007. UCLA’s facilities are designed to serve the most critically ill children with sophisticated, compassionate care in an environment that is both welcoming and healing to patients and their families.

A $50 million gift from Mattel, Inc., announced in March 2017, will help the hospital continue to expand access to high-quality pediatric care and develop innovative programs to enhance children’s health worldwide.

“The pediatric centers we rank in Best Children’s Hospitals deliver exceptionally high-quality care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News’ health rankings editor. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals provide every day.”

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