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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Again Ranked One of Nation’s Top Ten Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report

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Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Again Ranked One of Nation’s Top Ten Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S.News & World Report
Highest-ranked pediatric hospital in California
For Release: August 24, 2007

PALO ALTO, Calif-- US News Best Hospitals Medallion“Our entire staff is thrilled by this honor.”

Those words from Christopher Dawes, president and chief executive officer at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, are in reaction to news that Packard Children’s has once again made the U.S.News & World Report Top 10 list of the finest pediatric institutions in the United States. In its September 3 “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” issue hitting newsstands August 27, the magazine places Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital #10 among pediatric hospitals nationwide and #1 in California. 

While, in the past, pediatric hospitals have been ranked based on reputation alone in the magazine's annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, this expanded children's hospital ranking is based not only on reputation, but also on data and statistics about hospital performance and quality of care.

Dawes is proud of the distinction and what it represents. “Our placement on the U.S.News Top 10 list is recognition of what our faculty and staff  have built and continue to build -- a nationally and internationally pre-eminent children’s hospital.” Founded in 1991, Packard Children’s Hospital is the youngest hospital on the U.S.News Top 10 list. 

The U.S.News honor adds to a growing list of recent highlights at the hospital, which include:

The hospital’s success has led to an unprecedented expansion of services. In addition to the recent additions of a dedicated Children’s Heart Center and dialysis treatment center, the hospital will bring its special blend of care and expertise to children in the South Bay and beyond with the Fall 2007 opening of its new South Bay Specialty Center. In the coming year, Packard Children’s will also premiere seven new pediatric surgical suites, a cardiovascular intensive care unit, a new pediatric cancer center and a total of 39 new inpatient beds.

“We take on some of the most challenging cases, both from around the corner and around the world,” said Dawes. “The Isurvey reflects this. It’s wonderful to see our success recognized in this way.”

About Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
Ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals in the nation by U.S.News & World Report and Child magazines, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford is a 264-bed hospital devoted to the care of children and expectant mothers. Providing pediatric and obstetric medical and surgical services and associated with the Stanford University School of Medicine, Packard Children's offers patients locally, regionally and nationally the full range of health care programs and services - from preventive and routine care to the diagnosis and treatment of serious illness and injury. For more information, visit
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Lucile Packard Children's Hospital is located in Palo Alto, adjacent to Stanford University Hospital, approximately 20 miles north of San Jose, CA and 40 miles south of San Francisco.

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