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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

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