A Pediatric Academic Medical Center

CHLA Best Children's HospitalChildren's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution that provides pediatric health care and helps our patients more than 528,000 times each year in a setting designed just for their needs. Our history began in 1901 in a small house on the corner of Alpine and Castelar Streets (now Hill St. in Chinatown) and today our medical experts offer more than 350 pediatric specialty programs and services to meet the needs of our patients. 

CHLA is a provider of more than $232.6 million in community benefits annually to children and families. As the first and largest pediatric hospital in Southern California, CHLA relies on the generosity of philanthropists in the community to support compassionate patient care, leading-edge education of the caregivers of tomorrow and innovative research efforts that impact children at our hospital and around the world.

Awards and Reputation

Children's Hospital Los Angeles has a reputation as an award-winning hospital. Whether it is for our national rankings for providing significant and comprehensive medical care services and programs that meet a sick child's entire needs or continuing to raise the bar nationally on our patient safety and quality health care programs within our walls, we continue to be a hospital that sets the standard for care.

U.S. News & World Report

Our hospital has been ranked as a top health care facility for children by U.S. News & World Report magazine every year since the magazine began ranking pediatric hospitals in 1990. In U.S. News & World Report's most recent rankings, we were ranked the No. 1 hospital in California for caring for children.

Great Hospitals

Becker’s Hospital Review listed Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America”. We were the only freestanding children’s hospital in California to make the list.

Physician Awards

The Medical Staff at Children's Hospital Los Angeles includes 528 physicians - 94% are board-certified in their specialty or specialties. Our faculty members are regularly ranked among the leading healthcare practitioners in the nation by their peers, and listed in distinguished publications such as Best Doctors in America and America's Top Doctors.  

Excellence in Nursing

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has accorded our hospital with Magnet Recognition®.  Magnet® status is used as a national benchmark of the quality of care provided by a hospital's patient care services staff members.

Research Innovators

CHLA is eighth among U.S. pediatric hospitals in procuring National Institute of Health (NIH) grant funding. Our research faculty are conducting basic and translational research and many are elected members of the Society for Pediatric Research. We are the only hospital in the nation to serve as headquarters for four pediatric oncology multicenter clinical trial consortia, testing innovative therapies, including New Approaches to Neuroblastoma Therapy (NANT), Therapeutic Advances in Childhood Leukemia and Lymphoma (TACL), the Head Start Consortium for Pediatric Brain Tumors, and the Pediatric Bone and Marrow Transplant Consortium (PBMTC).

Lantern Award

The Emergency Nurses Association bestows the Lantern Award 2013-2016 to our emergency department because we exemplify exceptional practice and innovative performance in the core areas of nursing leadership, practice, education advocacy and research.

Beacon Award

The Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) was awarded the 2017 silver Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.