Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA has been recognized as one of the nation's best pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and is among a select group of hospitals to be ranked in all 10 of the specialty areas reviewed in the magazine's 2013–14 "Best Children's Hospitals" survey.
Nationally, the hospital was recognized for excellence in the following categories: nephrology (ranked No. 8), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (11), diabetes and endocrinology (12), orthopedics (17), neurology and neurosurgery (24), heart and heart surgery (26), neonatology (33), cancer (39), urology (40) and pulmonology (44).
"These rankings acknowledge our dedicated doctors, nurses and staff, who proudly deliver great care and compassion to the children and families at Mattel Children's Hospital," said Dr. Sherin Devaskar, the hospital's physician-in-chief and UCLA's assistant vice chancellor for children's health, who holds the Mattel Executive Endowed Chair in the UCLA Department of Pediatrics.  
"Most notably, among the ranked hospitals in California, our diabetes–endocrinology, gastroenterology and nephrology specialties ranked in the top two, and our orthopedic specialty ranked in the top three programs," Devaskar said.
The rankings highlight the top 50 U.S. hospitals in each of the 10 specialty areas. Eighty-seven hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In California, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA was one of only three hospitals ranked in all 10 categories.
U.S. News introduced the "Best Children's Hospitals" rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings offer families an exclusive look at quality-related information at the individual hospital level.
Each hospital's reputation among doctors was only a small part of what U.S. News factored into its rankings. Three-quarters of the score was determined by an analysis of patient outcomes and data on the structural resources each hospital has for pediatric care.
To gather data, U.S. News used two surveys: a clinical questionnaire sent to 179 pediatric hospitals and a separate reputational assessment in which 1,500 physicians — 150 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each category — were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty if location and expense were not a concern.
For each hospital, survival rates, the adequacy of nurse staffing, the volume of procuedures and much more can be viewed at The rankings will be published in U.S. News' "Best Hospitals 2014"guidebook, available beginning in August.
"Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA deserves high praise," said Avery Comarow, the health rankings editor at U.S. News. "Ranking shows the dedication and expertise that Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA brings to the care of children who need those qualities the most. We think it is important to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one."
Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, one of the highest-rated children's hospitals in California, is a vital component of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, ranked the fifth best hospital in nation and best in the western United States by U.S. News & World Report. Mattel Children's Hospital offers a full spectrum of primary and specialized medical care for infants, children and adolescents. The hospital's mission is to provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment for children in a compassionate atmosphere and to improve the understanding and treatment of pediatric diseases.  
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