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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Ranked Among Nation’s Best

Released: 11-Jun-2013 4:55 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital ranks among the nation's best children's hospitals in nine specialties and is one of the top-ranked centers in California, according to the 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals survey conducted by the U.S. News Media Group.

The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of the following pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.  UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital earned its highest rankings in the specialties of diabetes and endocrinology, nephrology, cancer, cardiology and heart surgery and gastroenterology.

According to the rankings, UCSF is one of the top pediatric facilities in California, and the top Northern California children’s hospital in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology and neurology.

"As San Francisco's only children's hospital, we are proud of our team of dedicated clinicians who continually strive to lead the way in providing world-class quality care to children and families," said Kimberly Scurr, executive director of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. "We look forward to expanding our services in 2015, with the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art children’s hospital in Mission Bay.”

The survey methodology is based on a three-part blend of reputation, medical outcomes, and care-related indicators such as patient volume, nurse staffing, clinical support services, and other factors. Hospitals were judged on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children and data gathered in a lengthy survey covering a range of important medical information.

This year, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital’s ranking improved in every specialty, due in part to two significant milestones. In 2012, the hospital implemented of one of the most comprehensive electronic health records systems in the United States.  Additionally, the hospital was awarded the prestigious Magnet designation for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

"The excellent patient care at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital is underscored by its commitment to the research conducted by our outstanding physician-scientists who translate laboratory discoveries into effective treatments for patients, and to educating the future physicians who care for our children," said Donna Ferriero, MD, physician-in-chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

The complete list of children's hospital rankings is available online at and will be published in the upcoming Best Hospitals print guide, published by U.S. News, available on newsstands Aug. 27.

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Specialty Rankings

  • Cancer (#17) 

  • Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#18) 

  • Diabetes & Endocrinology (#14)

  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#19)

  • Neonatology (#26)

  • Nephrology (#15)

  • Neurology & Neurosurgery (#22)

  • Pulmonology (#35)

  • Urology (#28)

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, a hospital of UCSF Medical Center, 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.

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.


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