Children's Hospital Los Angeles | 100 great hospitals in America 2016

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Children's Hospital Los Angeles, a nonprofit teaching hospital affiliated with University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, provides more than 111,000 children with high-quality pediatric care every year. The hospital was founded in 1901 by the King's Daughters, one of the first female philanthropic organizations in Los Angeles.

Since then, CHLA has grown quite a bit. It clocks 15,682 annual inpatient admissions, 348,440 outpatient visits and more than 77,600 ED visits. CHLA is staffed by more than 5,500 employees and 802 clinicians across five departments: Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology and Surgery. It has the only freestanding Level I pediatric trauma center in Los Angeles both approved by the County Department of Health Services and accredited by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons, and 106 pediatric critical-care beds. It is a Magnet-recognized hospital and one of just 12 hospitals to make the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of children’s hospitals for 2015-16. It ranked nationally in all 10 pediatric specialties, and in the top 10 for six of them, including a No. 8 ranking for cancer, No. 3 for cardiology and heart surgery, No. 6 in diabetes and endocrinology, No. 10 in gastroenterology and GI surgery, No. 8 in neonatology and No. 9 in orthopedics.

CHLA is dedicated to education and trains 341 medical students, 90 full-time residents, three chief residents and 116 fellows. For the past 16 years, an overwhelming majority — 96 percent — of graduates from CHLA’s Residency Program have passed the American Board of Pediatrics exam on the first try.

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