Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California Ranked as Leader in Pediatric Orthopaedics by U.S. News & World Report  

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report best hospital survey, Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California ranks nationally as one of the top 20 pediatric hospitals.

The Northern California Shriners Hospital is ranked 18th in pediatric orthopaedics in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 rankings of children’s hospitals in the United States. It also shares a ranking of 26th in pediatric urology together with the UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“We are proud to be in the elite group of the nation’s top 20 pediatric hospitals for orthopaedic care. Clearly, it is a reflection of  our medical expertise and quality of care we provide children. The ranking also speaks to the growth in the volume and complexity of our programs,” said Margaret Bryan, administrator and CEO at Shriners Hospitals for Children ─ Northern California.  “Regional referrals to our hospital in Sacramento are at an all-time high, and our talented team of surgical specialists grows to meet that need.”

Among the thousands of children treated by the orthopaedic team are children with scoliosis, limb deficiencies, sports injuries, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder malformations, brachial plexus birth palsy, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and cerebral palsy.  The hospital also is engaged in clinical trials and scientific research to advance orthopaedic care.

Diagnosis and treatment of children with complex conditions are supported by innovative programs and technology that include:

    • Cerebral Palsy Center of Excellence, which allows patients to benefit from a comprehensive and collaborative program that includes motion analysis, spasticity management, complex surgical care and rehabilitation.
    • Development of a comprehensive spine program in which patients benefit from the recent installation of EOS, a new imaging system that uses 85 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. EOS provides full-body images of patients in a natural standing or seated position in both 2D and 3D.

These weight-bearing images reveal a patient’s natural posture and allow physicians to analyze the interactions between bones, joints and ligaments from different angles. The technology directly benefits kids with scoliosis and other spinal deformities.

“We also are extremely proud to partner with UC Davis to care for infants and children with urological disorders.  UC Davis is a national leader in research studying the human bladder, and our collaborative efforts benefit all children by strengthening the delivery of pediatric care in our community. We take great pride in this accomplishment,” said Bryan.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in 10 specialties. Rankings are based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists. Eighty-three hospitals ranked in at least one specialty, 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.

The pediatric rankings are posted online and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook later this year.

Hospitals’ scores relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources each hospital makes available. U.S. News surveyed approximately 180 pediatric hospitals and asked more than 10,000 pediatric specialists and subspecialists where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

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 open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

The full rankings and methodology are available at

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