Valley Children’s Hospital. File Photo.

published on June 28, 2017 - 12:02 PM
Written by David Castellon

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country in several pediatric specialties.

The news came out in the magazine’s 2017-2018 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings released this week. Valley Children’s ranked among the best in the nation in pediatric orthopedics, pediatric diabetes and endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery.

U.S. News launched the Best Children’s Hospital rankings in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available, according to a press release from Children’s Hospital.

“They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric centers,” it continues, adding that the magazine ranks the top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities.

A total of 82 pediatric hospitals were ranked in at least one category of care, but the magazine didn’t list any one hospital as being best overall.

“The pediatric centers we rank in Best Children’s Hospitals deliver exceptionally high- quality care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow said in a written statement “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals provide every day.”

“U.S. News & World Report has recognized what we’ve known for a long time — that our pediatric specialists, nurses and everyone here at Valley Children’s stack up with the best,” Valley Children’s President and chief executive officer Todd Suntrapak said in a written statement.

“It is a great recognition and so richly deserved by our team. I’m so proud that they’re being honored for the great work they’ve done in the service of children for decades and will continue to do for decades to come.

“There is no room for rest here,” Suntrapak’s statement continued. “A family places an incredible amount of trust on us when they bring their child to Valley Children’s. I can’t think of anything more inspiring to me or to the thousands of men and women who bring their best to work every day. That is why they’re getting recognized by U.S. News & World Report.”


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