Awards and Reputation

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USNWR Badge for Best Children's Hospital, Honor Roll

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, our commitment to care excellence places us among the nation’s elite pediatric hospitals. We earn awards and recognition from leading authorities in clinical safety and quality. Our facility and providers have also maintained distinction for consistently providing an exceptional patient experience.


U.S. News & World Report Ranking

Children’s Hospital is among the nation’s leading health care facilities for children, according to U.S. News & World Report. Our hospital has maintained top-tier recognition since the magazine began ranking hospitals in 1990.

Our 2021-22 performance includes:

  • No. 5 ranking in the nation for children’s hospitals.
  • Ranked No. 1 in California and the Pacific region.
  • Nationally ranked in all 10 children’s specialties, including No. 2 for Neonatology and No. 3 for Pediatric Cardiology and Heart Surgery.


American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition

We have maintained American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition® since 2008. Magnet status is only awarded to facilities demonstrating high-quality patient care and nursing excellence—an honor held by only 8% of hospitals nationwide.


100 Great Hospitals in America

Children’s Hospital maintains recognition as one of 100 Great Hospitals in America, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. We are among a small number of children’s hospitals on the list.


National Institutes of Health (NIH)-Funded Research

As of 2021, CHLA is eighth among U.S. pediatric hospitals for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding. The NIH is the nation’s health care research agency. Our experts participate in prestigious research consortia, giving patients early access to new treatments through clinical trials.

NIH-funded research raises the level of care available in hospitals throughout the country. Funding is only awarded to organizations with exceptional research capabilities and a history of care innovation. Learn more about The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.


Physician Recognition

As of 2020, Children’s Hospital medical staff includes 895 medical staff members. Meet our doctors.

Our faculty are regularly ranked among the leading health care practitioners in the nation by their peers. These rankings are published in:

  • America's Top Doctors
  • Best Doctors in America 
  • Los Angeles Magazine (LA’s Top Doctors)
  • Pasadena Magazine


LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader

Children’s Hospital received top marks from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the past three years. We are among a small number of programs achieving the highest possible score on the Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index. The score is based on criteria that include non-discrimination policies and support for LGBTQ patients.


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Beacon Awards

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Beacon Award recognizes excellence in patient care. Awardees must demonstrate their ability to use evidence-based practices to improve outcomes, patient and staff satisfaction and credibility with consumers.

CHLA departments have achieved this honor three times recently:


National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) Award

In 2020, we earned the Press Ganey NDNQI Award for Outstanding Nursing Quality. This award recognizes the highest levels of nursing performance. Children’s Hospital was recognized for maintaining low levels of hospital-acquired complications. This award is a sign of our commitment to high-quality care.


U.S. Best Managed Company

In 2020 and 2021, Children’s Hospital was selected as one of the inaugural U.S. Best Managed Companies by professional services company Deloitte. The award recognizes exceptional management practices that include strategy, execution, culture and financials. 


Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award

The CHLA Emergency Department earned the 2019-22 Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award. The Lantern Award signifies exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of nursing leadership, education advocacy and research.