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posted Mar 23, 2017, 7:11 PM by Bruce Kundert   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 7:14 PM ]

Chairman's Message - Shriners Hospitals for Children



Dear Fellow Nobles,

I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to serve on the Joint Boards for more than 11 years, and to serve you as your Imperial Potentate. I am humbled and honored to be entrusted with the responsibilities and challenges that come with being elected president and serving as the chairman of the board of trustees at Imperial Session this past July.
Thank you for your confidence in me, and your commitment and dedication to the mission of our unique health care system. I will do all that I can to strengthen and improve Shriners Hospitals, and to keep you informed of new developments. Working together, and keeping our focus on what is best for the children and families we serve, we can accomplish great things this Imperial Year.
I also want to thank everyone who made the effort to be in Tampa, Florida, for our Imperial Session, both the voting representatives, and those who simply came to share in the brotherhood and camaraderie that is such an important part of being a Shriner. We truly are a huge, global family and it is wonderful when we all gather together and share that experience.
Something else we should all share is pride in the accomplishments of Shriners Hospitals, and in our commitment to our patients and families, including doing everything we can to help them realize their potential and believe in their dreams, despite the physical difficulties they face and overcome every day.

The 2016 summer Paralympics just ended. The dedication and effort it takes for anyone to reach this level is practically incomprehensible; everyone who participated is amazing and deserves to be applauded. It was our great honor to watch and cheer as some of our patients and former patients competed at these games. We congratulate Hunter Woodhall, a patient of our Salt Lake City hospital and member of the US men’s Paralympic track team, for winning a silver medal in the 200-meter sprint, and a bronze in the 400-meter competition. Hunter, 17, was the youngest athlete in his class at the games. We also congratulate Brian
Bell, a former patient of our Greenville hospital, and member of the US men’s wheelchair basketball team, for the team’s gold medal win. Other patients or former patients who competed in the 2016 Paralympics include swimmers Dalton Herendeen and Natalie Sims.
We are pleased to have been able to do our part in providing these amazing individuals, and in fact, all of our patients, with the treatment and expertise to help them discover their potential – and go on to achieve wonderful things.

Whether it is any of a range of therapies, a surgical intervention, creation of a prosthetic or orthotic device, our staff knows what kind of treatment to offer, believes change and improvement is possible, and expends the time and effort to do the best they can for every child that comes to us for care and treatment. In addition to medical excellence and expertise, our amazing staff also provides reassurance, builds confidence and instills hope, which, in turn, strengthens and sustains our patients’ determination and resilience. And, as shown by these amazing athletes, changes lives.
The opportunity to participate in sports can go a long way in helping children discover and develop many skills and strengths that can help them throughout their lives.
Sports activities and events can also bring people together and increase awareness of organizations, through both media attention and player and spectator participation. For this reason, Shriners Hospitals for Children® has strengthened and expanded its national signature events. In addition to raising awareness, these events bring the members of Shriners International together for fun and fellowship, opportunities to share the fraternity’s story with potential new members, and to support their fraternity.
One of those events – the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 31-Nov 6 at TPC Summerlin. Last year’s event had a record attendance of 37,500. We’re looking forward to another great tournament, and increasing attendance and awareness even more. Many of the top professional golfers in the world participate in this competition, and, in the process, support the mission of Shriners Hospitals for Children.

During the tournament, several of our patients will be on hand to share their stories and participate in various ways. Both of our National Patient Ambassadors will be in attendance, and there will also be patient ambassadors representing various Shriners Hospitals locations as standard bearers. Also featured during the tournament will be 5-year-old patient and golf prodigy, Tommy Morrissey, the first child with a limb difference to qualify for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship. These children are a powerful representation of the hope and healing provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children – we are proud of them, and thank them for their hard work and invaluable contribution to this event.
In addition to supporting our health care system, this annual event is also very important to Shriners International, and provides countless opportunities for our Shriners to come together to participate in fun and fellowship, share their stories with the rest of the world, and raise interest to attract potential new members.
We want to acknowledge and thank all our amazing volunteers, including many Shriners and their family members, for dedicating their time and energy to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open year after year - it is because of your hard work, dedication and passion that this event has become so successful, and we thank you for your effort and commitment.
Last year, more than 300 nobles (and family members) representing approximately 35 temples volunteered, and we want to especially acknowledge their support and commitment, and invite you to volunteer, as well. We know you’ll have an amazing time. There is a fee to volunteer, but it’s more than worth it. To learn more please visit shrinershospitalsopen.com.
Another critically important signature event is the East-West Shrine Game®, the longest-running collegiate all-star football game in the country. The 2016 game attracted 23,106 fans to the stands – our biggest attendance yet at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The East-West Shrine Game generates massive exposure and interest in both Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners International, and is one of our most important traditions. The 2017 game will be played on Jan. 21, again at Tropicana Field. In addition to the game itself, there is an incredible pre-game tailgate event that you don’t want to miss! There are also various special ticket packages especially for Shriners. Please visit Shriners Village for more information, or call the game office at 813-281-8686. The East-West Shrine Game is for everyone – we’d love to see you in the stands!

In 2015, we added to these established signature events by forming a partnership with the Houston Astros Foundation that includes a multi-year agreement renaming the Houston College Classic. The well-established and well-known regional baseball tournament is now the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The College Classic is considered one of the top college-level baseball tournaments in the country. Having our name as part of this prestigious event, which is televised both nationally and regionally, is another outstanding opportunity to raise awareness of our amazing health care system. In addition to helping with name recognition, there is also a financial benefit - a portion of proceeds from ticket sales are given to Shriners Hospitals. The 2017 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will feature three Big 12 schools – Baylor, TCU and Texas Tech – and three Southeastern Conference programs in LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M. The 17th annual tournament will feature nine games at Minute Maid Park in Houston March 3-5, 2017.

We look forward to seeing many of you in Houston In support of this new and exciting venture.
These three signature events are all televised nationally, and the Open is also shown internationally, giving us entry into countless homes and establishments, and a tremendous opportunity to introduce our organizations and our mission to a huge number of potentially interested parties. In the coming weeks and months, please support these events – and have a great time enjoying a favorite sport, while helping your fraternity and philanthropy.

I also want to acknowledge the many local and regional sports programs presented by our temples – these events are equally valuable and important to the future of our organizations and we greatly appreciate all the work that is done at the local level to ensure their success and popularity, as well.
Finally, I want to thank you again for allowing me to serve you as the chairman of our health care system. I look forward to working with you, hearing your suggestions and concerns, and to our making a difference together. The most important thing we need to remember as we face the future is our promise to do everything we can to improve the lives of the patients and families who depend on us.
Yours in the faith,

Imperial Sir, Jerry G. Gantt
President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Shriners Hospitals for Children

Hannah J Schuerman's Story

posted Mar 10, 2016, 9:41 AM by Hillah Shriners   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 10:05 AM ]

Hannah J Schuerman’s Story

Hannah made the following presentation at the recent 2016 PNSA Winter Meeting.  Our Divan members were so impressed that we wanted to share it with all the nobles and Ladies of Hillah Shriners.

It is an honor for me to have this opportunity to share my personal story, and express my gratitude to you Shriners, because without you all, my story would have been quite a different one. My name is Hannah, and some of you may know me better as the former Miss Spokane 2013.

I’ll start by giving you a brief summary of what I did during my “reign” as Miss Spokane, because that time gave me so many opportunities to network, pursue, and represent my passion for the physically disabled community. Without the opportunities I received in the past 3 years, I would not be who I am, or where I am, today. As Miss Spokane, I represented my chosen platform, “Honoring Their Sacrifice: Recognizing and Supporting our Disabled Veterans.” Because of the very nature of my platform, as well as my own amputee experience, I was able to work with various organizations including Wounded Warriors Project, Children’s Miracle Network, 

Spokane Shriners Hospital, Fairchild Air Force Base, and

the Capitol. Since my experience in the Miss America Organization, I have been an ongoing advocate for the physically­ disabled community. I call myself an advocate because, whether I like it or not, I will constantly be faced with questions and reactions that any noticeably ­disabled person will have to face.

 Those questions, those reactions, are just an assumed part of my life­­ I am so used to them! I think it would actually catch me off guard if they weren’t to occur! Thankfully, I love answering questions! I love to tell people about my obvious difference and why it is there! I want people to ask about my leg, because it helps broaden the scope of others’ minds; help them to look past the differences that every human being has, physical or not. I want them to see that I am indeed content with how I was made and unwilling to let a stereotype get me down. So you see, I am an ongoing advocate for the physically handicapped, because I want to help educate the minds of others on a topic they may not know much about. It is also a lot easier being passionate for something when you yourself have first­hand experience.

 That is why I am going to take you back 19 years, and tell you about my initial experience as an amputee. I was born

with a congenital birth defect which, at that time, was not yet well­ known in the medical world. My birth defect is called fibular hemimelia, which includes the total absence of my left fibula, underdeveloped bone structure, joints, and tissue, leaving my left leg thin, bent, short, and useless. Unfortunately, my defective growth was unnoticed until I was born­­ It did not appear in the ultrasounds, and there was nothing else abnormal that caused anyone to question my growth. So only after I was born was everyone simultaneously surprised when they first laid eyes on my thin little leg, which was missing a toe and had no ankle joint attached to my bent shin. The doctors and my family sought immediate medical attention after my discovered deformity, because no one knew what it was. We were stationed in Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, at the time, so because of the lack of knowledge or resources to help with my deformity, I was evacuated south through seven states. By the time I was one week old, I was in Texas awaiting my first diagnosis. Only one doctor had dealt with this problem once before, and after evaluating the options and wrestling through the possibilities for my physical future,
It was finally decided that my leg would be amputated. I was one year old when it happened. ­ This amputation, out of the seven surgeries that I have received, was the most important one in my physical future. To this day, I am so grateful for the decision made to amputate my leg. Even though what was left of my foot was removed, I was able to wear quality prosthetics from the time I could walk, through the rest of my life. I just want to take a moment to appreciate the age we live in: one of increasing, improving technology that helps protect us from discomfort, inefficiency, or unnecessary pain. I consider myself lucky to have suffered so little in my childhood.

 Even though there were unforeseen challenges I would face later in my life, I was overall content and undaunted by my physical state from the beginning. My parents, and especially my father, did an exceptional job of including me in tasks and activities that others might question me doing because of my leg. For example, my family loves to backpack. We used to go on multiple ­day backpacking trips in Idaho all the time. My dad would distribute the weight of our packs based on our body weight, and I was treated with no exception to my other three sisters.

 

 

I loved that!  Even though it was not a direct encouragement, I am forever thankful for my father’s general assumption that I can do most of what anyone else can do. He and my mother both helped mold my positive mindset because they did not directly address my physical circumstances. Very seldom was my leg a contributing factor when I failed in some sport or activity. My parents did not doubt my ability, and the confidence that I saw they had in me, became my own. I am thankful for that confidence I had early on, because the only way to deal with any disability is to have confidence. As much of a cliché as that may sound, it is true.  All physically ­disabled people battle the status quo of the world and what is considered “normal” in the eyes of others. Unless they are comfortable in their own skin, and unbowed by others’ opinions of their physical appearance, physically ­disabled people will experience discouragement and doubt. I know, because I also experienced that discouraging side of disability, which you will soon learn about. That is why I am so thankful for Shriner’s Hospital and the care it gives to these children. Shriners very own mission statement emphasizes this high­quality care, as well as the education and research sought to better serve these children in the future. Because of the confidence and care I had been given early on, I did most anything anyone else could do without incident. Once I was old enough to do sports, I did sports. To be specific, I ran track, did high jump, swim team, gymnastics, volleyball, even ballet. And for fun, I like to rock climb and snowboard. I have always been active from the time I could walk, so to have experienced no major accident or injury in my earlier life, was a complete blessing. When I became a senior in high school, I won the title of Miss Spokane and got the opportunity to work with so many different organizations, including Shriners, on a topic that means so much to me. I got to do so much too! For example, I succeeded in the Navy SEAL fitness challenge at Eastern Washington University. That, was so much fun, and I would do that again in a heartbeat. I also participated on the field at the annual Vandals vs. Cougar football game that Spokane Shriners Hospital sponsors every year. The many opportunities that I had then, as well as the one I have right now, are not taken for granted in my heart. Neither do I take for granted my relatively seamless upbringing and the experiences I’ve had when it came to my disability. I am sure you have heard people say, however, that “everything changes in college”. That was certainly true for me. Right after I graduated high school, I went to WSU for my first year of college where I started pursuing nursing school. And I was doing great! For a time. I loved my classes, got involved in activities, and made new friends, including a cute guy who I had met through my other friends. We met at a party, and...I just thought… he was really nice! I was not interested in any relationship at the time, however, so when he eventually expressed a clear interest in me, I turned him down. But our
friendship was maintained even after that painful conversation, and later on in my freshman year, in October, 2013, he invited me to go with him to the Naval ROTC annual Ball. I thought…. pretty dresses, dancing ...that sounded like fun! So I went with him.

 Little did I know that that night would change course of my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined. That night, as I was dancing, I fell and broke my left knee on my residual limb, additionally tearing a tendon and dislocating the bone. For the next 7 months at Washington State University, I was on crutches and in a complete state of humility. For essentially the first time in my life, I was truly challenged by my disability. Here I was, only two years ago, crutching around campus with only one leg, receiving stares, and feeling more vulnerable than I ever was before. However, while I experienced a whole new level of “disability”, I realized what ABILITY I had and took for granted for all those years. I was humbled. All those activities I did, all the treatment I received from Shriners that kept me able to do what I could do... all of it came back to me with a greater appreciation than I ever had before. To this day, the wound from that night at the Navy Ball is not completely healed. I have so far received 2 surgeries since that night in 2013, where Shriners helped correct my leg’s entire alignment and strengthen my ­weak knee. Shriners helped me improve so much, but unfortunately, I still have a limp because I suffer patellar grind, frozen joint, and my knee is, overall, weaker than it was before. Since the accident, my physical activity has, been significantly limited compared to what it used to be. It is often hard not to be discouraged when I compare my current physical state to what it was before that horrible accident in 2013. But, I should not compare. I am who I am now, and I am going to make the most of it. I thought that I had lost so much in the last 2 years of my life, including the confidence that I had, in the full extent of my ability. I dwelt on my loss, and was discouraged by my new physical state. I thought I had lost more than I could ever gain back. But only a few months later did I realize that I was so wrong. Unless I suffered through those challenges, or was humbled by those hardships, I would not have learned what I have learned about myself, or realized that I have gained even more through that time. My eyes were opened to the reality of the blessings that I had been given all along. One of those blessings that I did not see right away was that cute guy I danced with that night at the Navy Ball. He cared for me and helped me while I was on crutches for so long, and because of that, I was given the chance to see his selflessness, his true character, and eventually, we fell in love.

I married him, just about 8 months ago. He is a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy who is currently deployed on a destroyer in the Persian Gulf.   He will be there for at least another seven months. And I couldn’t be more proud of him. 

In conclusion, I just wanted to express how thankful I am to all of you, for how you have so greatly impacted my life. Anyone with a physical situation like mine has to combat many challenges and make decisions that others may not understand. But you all do. You as Shriners have accepted the huge responsibility of improving each Shriners child’s physical future. That is one of the most honorable causes I can ever imagine. I implore you to remember this if you are ever struggling with doubt. Shriners Hospitals for Children is not only saving young lives, but also selflessly improving them, and for that, I on behalf of myself and the physically disabled children, am truly thankful!

 

 

 

 

NCSH Expands Services to include Pediatric Surgery

posted Sep 9, 2014, 4:01 PM by Bruce Kundert   [ updated May 18, 2015, 1:23 PM by Hillah Shriners ]

            

 
 

Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California has broadened its nationally recognized programs to include pediatric surgery. This is the first major expansion of the hospital's services since it opened in Sacramento in 1997 with specialties in burns, orthopaedic conditions and spinal cord injuries.  The decision to expand services reflects Shriners Hospitals’ commitment to ensuring that all children have access to high-quality, specialized pediatric surgical care.

“The tremendous growth we have seen in our programs speaks to the vision of the Shriners and their commitment to children, the community and the exceptional care our doctors provide,” says Margaret Bryan, Administrator and CEO at the Northern California Hospital. 

The development of a program in pediatric surgery is made possible by the working partnership Shriners Hospitals for Children has with the University of California Davis Health System.  Shriners Hospitals for Children and the UC Davis Health System established the foundation for their long-term partnership in the early 1990s when the Shriners sought to locate a new regional pediatric medical center in Sacramento.  The affiliation agreement between the two organizations has made it possible to achieve nationally recognized programmatic successes.

Distinguished Program Leaders

Leading the growth and development of the pediatric surgery program are Dr. Shinjiro Hirose and Dr. Diana Farmer, both of whom were recruited from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  They join Dr. Gary Raff, who is the Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Hirose is the newly recruited Director of Pediatric Surgery at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and Chief of Pediatric and Fetal Surgery at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital and its Fetal Treatment Center. Dr. Hirose specializes in minimally invasive surgery for gastro-intestinal, biliary, liver and thoracic disorders in fetuses and children and is a nationally recognized children’s cancer surgeon. He also is an expert in the development and use of surgical robotics for children.

Dr. Farmer is an internationally renowned pediatric surgeon recognized for her investigations on the safety and effectiveness of providing spinal bifida treatments before birth.   At Shriners Hospital, Dr. Farmer provides surgical care to children 1-year of age and older who are faced with complex intestinal disorders, complex rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders. She was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010, becoming the second American woman surgeon to receive this honor. Dr. Farmer also is chair of the Department of Surgery at UC Davis Health System and Surgeon-in-Chief of the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

Regional Program

The Shriners Specialty Pediatric Surgery Program serves children throughout California and the entire Western United States, who have complex gastro-intestinal disorders, complex ano-rectal disorders and complex chest wall disorders.  The wide array of conditions treated include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, morbid obesity, esophageal strictures, gall bladder disease, fecal incontinence, idiopathic constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, short bowel syndrome, ano-rectal malformations and complex chest wall abnormalities.   

All care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay.  To refer a patient, call the Shriners Hospital Patient Referral Center at 916-453-2191.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located just minutes from downtown Sacramento at 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis.   For further information, please call (916) 453-2000 or go online to www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

OR nurse recognized for exceptional performance receives 2014 DAISY Award

posted Jul 16, 2014, 9:07 AM by Hillah Shriners


(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – Excellence in nursing was the topic of discussion when nurses and Shriners Hospital leaders gathered for lunch in the hospital board room on Thursday, July 3, for the 2014 DAISY award ceremony. Leisel Knoesen, B.S.N., was recognized for her outstanding performance in her role as an operating room nurse.

Knoesen volunteered in the surgery department at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California from 2008 to 2011 while studying nursing. After graduating from the University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing in 2011 she joined the surgical team at Shriners Hospital.

In announcing the 2014 award, Pam Cornwell, Director of Patient Care Services, described Knoesen as a skillful, thoughtful and compassionate nursing professional. "It is my privilege to have the opportunity to recognize Shriners nurses for the extraordinary roles they play in the lives of our patients and families. As the DAISY Foundation recognizes, nurses routinely extend their care beyond clinical skills and treatments. A gentle touch, a calming voice, or simply taking time to listen are just some of the little things nurses do that make a huge difference in the lives of those we touch," said Cornwell.

DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. It is the name of a foundation established by a family in memory of their son, Patrick Barnes, who died of an immune system disease. The DAISY Award was established to recognize the compassionate care Patrick received during his illness. More than 500 health care organizations are committed to honoring their nurses with the DAISY Award, which is presented in collaboration with the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and supported by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANNCC) Magnet Recognition Program.

Bonnie Barnes, co-founder of the DAISY Foundation joined in honoring the achievements Shriners Hospital nurses. "One of the best parts of working for DAISY is the ability to travel to different facilities like yours and experience first-hand what is being done every day to make The DAISY award Program meaningful for your extraordinary nurses," Barnes said.

Her daughter-in-law, Melissa Barnes, also attended the ceremony in her role as vice president and regional program director of the DAISY Foundation.

Nurses from Shriners and past recipients of the DAISY Award shared what the honor meant to them.

"It's easy to be a really good nurse in this hospital because it's an honor to work here," said Imelda Priest, clinical case manager and 2008 winner.

"It was the happiest day of my life," said Cindy Woods, House Supervisor. "I felt so accepted."

"It is very humbling and very rewarding to be recognized by your peers," said Doney Biggs, a 2011 honoree.

Nurse manager Kathy Rosario, summed up the sentiment of the group when she said the award made her feel, "Honored, humbled and appreciative of what you have done and what this hospital allows all of us to do."

The DAISY Award program began in 2006 at the Northern California Shriners Hospital. Since then, 37 nurses at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento have been honored for excellence in nursing with a DAISY Award.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause, and complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information call 916-453-2000 or go online to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.


News is from www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.


Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California Ranked a Top Childrens Hospital

posted Jun 25, 2014, 2:16 PM by Bruce Kundert   [ updated Jul 15, 2014, 12:24 PM by Hillah Shriners ]

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a national leader in two pediatric specialties. This is the third consecutive year the Northern California Shriners Hospital has been recognized in conjunction with UC Davis Children’s Hospital in the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

Together with UC Davis Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital ranked 22nd in pediatric orthopaedics and 47th in urology nationwide. The 2014-2015 report reflects a rise in ranking in pediatric orthopaedics from 41st to 22nd.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight leading programs in ten specialties. Rankings are based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California is recognized in both of its programs that are eligible for U.S. News and World Report ranking.

“Inclusion in this group of elite children’s hospitals is a tribute to the deep commitment of our entire team to providing children with the finest care,” said Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. “The role of our nationally renowned specialists and our professional nursing staff in defining medical practice is reflected in our rise in rankings from 41st to 22nd in orthopaedics and the addition of the recognition of the urology program.”

“These rankings speak volumes about the excellence of our staff – the doctors, nurses, technicians and our teams who deliver the very best care for children in the Sacramento region and beyond,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center and its children’s hospital. “This honor is also a testament to the strength of our partnership with Shriners Hospital in Northern California and our joint commitment to providing world-class care for our patients and their families.”

Hospitals’ scores relied on patient outcomes, care-related resources each hospital makes available and reputation amongst physicians. To gather data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals and surveyed 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“The value placed on reputation in U.S. News & World Report’s evaluation of children’s hospitals adds to the honor of being included amongst the nation’s best. Both the growing reach of our programs and our relationship to thousands of referrers across the West are acknowledged by this recognition.” said Bryan.

According to data provided by California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), the Northern California Shriners Hospital is a top provider of pediatric orthopaedic care in California. The 2012 OSHPD report (the most recent report available), identifies Shriners Hospital as the number one provider of upper extremity orthopaedic care in the state, with a comprehensive program that treats children with hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder malformations, brachial plexus birth palsy and other neuromuscular disorders, including spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. In addition, the OSHPD data identifies the Northern California Shriners Hospital as the top Northern California destination for pediatric scoliosis treatment.

The pediatric urology program at UC Davis partners with Shriners Hospital to care for infants and children with problems related to the kidneys, ureters, bladder and genitalia of boys and girls. The department is a national leader in research studying human bladder stem cells to improve treatments for children with urological disorders.

“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”

The full rankings and methodology are available at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, cleft lip and scars from any cause. There are no barriers to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. For further information go online to shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

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