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LOS ANGELES — For the third straight year, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) has been named the top pediatric hospital in the western United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report Best Children’s Hospitals rankings announced today.
CHLA also rose one spot from last year in U.S. News’ prestigious Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals to be ranked the No. 5 pediatric medical center in the entire nation. The Honor Roll distinguishes children’s hospitals with the most comprehensive and successful clinical specialty programs.
“The talented doctors, nurses, researchers, technicians and other team members at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are unparalleled in their commitment to children’s health,” says CHLA President and Chief Executive Officer Paul S. Viviano. “CHLA is always striving to be the gold standard of pediatric care, and I am proud that when U.S. News & World Report looked at what we are doing to heal, protect and innovate, they affirmed our belief that CHLA belongs in the highest echelon of pediatric health care institutions.”
Every year, U.S. News scores nearly every major hospital and health system in the country and ranks them according to performance benchmarks, peer review, certifications, and other data provided by the hospitals as well as third-party measurements of excellence. Children’s hospitals receive separate rankings from other facilities due to the specialized expertise, equipment and facilities required to care for infants, children and youth.
This year, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ overall score places it fifth in the United States out of 125 pediatric medical centers that submitted data for the survey. CHLA also improved its ranking over last year in five of the 10 pediatric specialty categories evaluated, including top-10 recognition in seven categories:
“Being a top-5 children’s hospital is more than a number to the clinicians and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who strive every day to create hope and build healthier futures for children,” says CHLA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer James Stein, MD, MSc. “It means that they combine world-class expertise with incredible commitment to provide the highest levels of care for patients from Los Angeles and beyond, some of whom are diagnosed with the most medically complex conditions."
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a world-renowned pediatric academic medical center, known for providing high-quality clinical care, leading-edge research and rigorous training for the next generation of pediatric experts. Founded 118 years ago, CHLA now sees more than half a million patient visits annually. The institution provides compassionate and lifesaving pediatric care for patients of all ages, from infants still in the womb to youth on the cusp of adulthood, from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. Clinical care is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Many of the institution’s achievements in care are made possible through a cohesive relationship between clinical experts at the bedside and the basic, translational, and clinical research conducted across the entire campus as a part of the work of The Saban Research Institute. CHLA’s strong culture of research means that science is used to drive innovation. Clinicians who deliver care can do so knowing that their care is informed by the latest scientific and medical advances to provide the best health outcomes for children.
This drive to improve care has resulted in new milestones in pediatric care being set at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and supporting improvements in how care is delivered nationwide. A few examples from the timeframe covered by the U.S. News & World Report survey include:
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals list is a collaboration between hospitals and the publication to benchmark the performance of children’s hospitals for the benefit of parents and their children. Research firm RTI International and the magazine collect and analyze data from each of the hospitals surveyed in several categories, including:
U.S. News Media Group, the parent of U.S. News & World Report, announced the 2019-20 hospital rankings online at 12:01 a.m. EST on Tuesday, June 18. For additional information, please follow the links below:
Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is ranked the top children’s hospital in California and fifth in the nation for clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of children’s hospitals. Clinical care is led by physicians who are faculty members of the Keck School of Medicine of USC through an affiliation dating from 1932. The hospital also leads the largest pediatric residency training program at a freestanding children’s hospital of its kind in the western United States. The hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the few centers in the world that focuses on discoveries that advance the clinical care of children. To learn more, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter, visit our blog for families (CHLA.org/blog) or our research blog (ResearCHLABlog.org).