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Accreditation & Awards

Children’s is accredited and recognized by many agencies and organizations, including:

The Joint Commission

The Joint CommissionWe are a Joint Commission Accredited Hospital and Home Care Agency. The Joint Commission’s accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval. Children’s was re-accredited in 2009, meeting all Joint Commission standards in safety and quality of care.

Magnet Nursing - The American Nurses Credentialing Center

Magnet NursingWe are a designated Magnet Nursing Hospital, an award given by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This prestigious award recognizes the highest levels of excellence in nursing. Children’s Hospital was designated a Magnet Nursing hospital in April 2004 by the ANCC and redesignated in 2008. Children’s was the first children’s hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet designation. We continue to be one of only 5% of hospitals in the nation that have Magnet Recognition. Magnet is the highest nursing benchmark in the nation.


CARFThe only free-standing pediatric rehabilitation center in California accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Children’s is one of only two free-standing pediatric rehab centers on the west coast certified by CARF.

We are accredited for Inpatient Rehabilitation with a Pediatric Specialty by CARF, acknowledging compliance with stringent national standards for rehabilitation facilities. The latest accreditation is the ninth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation outcome that the international accrediting commission has awarded the Hospital.

Beacon Award – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

Beacon AwardOur Pediatric Intensive Care Unit was one of the first in the country to receive the national Beacon Award for Pediatric Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for our high-quality patient care. The Beacon Award recognizes the nation’s top pediatric, progressive and adult critical care units across a multitude of hospitals. It highlights the links between the quality of the work environment, excellence in nursing practice and patient care outcomes.