CHOC Children's

CHOC Pressroom

June 05, 2012

CHOC Children’s has been ranked as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals rankings, available today at  CHOC ranked in the following specialties: Cancer; Diabetes & Endocrinology; Gastroenterology; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; and Urology.

“CHOC deserves high praise for its accomplishments,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “CHOC has a reservoir of dedication and expertise that helps the sickest kids.  Our goal at U.S. News is to identify and call attention to pediatric centers like this one.”

To compile its rankings, U.S. News surveyed 178 pediatric centers to obtain hard data such as availability of key resources and ability to prevent complications and infections. The hospital survey made up 75 percent of the rankings.  A separate reputational survey, in which 1,500 pediatric specialists – 150 in each specialty – were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, made up the remaining 25 percent.

The U.S. News honor adds to a growing list of recent accomplishments for CHOC, including:
• Recognition by the state as a leader in performance excellence with the Gold Level CAPE Award
• Distinction as the only pediatric hospital on the West Coast to earn the Gold Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence
• National recognition of CHOC Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Program as a Level 4 epilepsy center
• Acknowledgement by the Children’s Hospital Association for improvements in medication safety – the only children’s hospital on the West Coast to be recognized
• Distinction of earning a $5.5 million research grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Additionally, CHOC is set to open a state-of-the-art patient care tower on its Orange campus in spring 2013.  Featuring leading design and safety principles, the seven-story building will house new and advanced pediatric services, including Orange County’s first pediatric emergency department.

Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital for the highest quality of care, Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's) is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach, education and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, many primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four clinical centers of excellence - the CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes..

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence.


Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680