Accreditation & Awards

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

U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report ranked Valley Children’s Hospital as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country in neonatology in the 2016-17 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The rankings rely on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists.

Valley Children’s has the only regional Level IV NICU – the highest level NICU possible – in Central California. The 88-bed NICU is a specially designed nursery that offers the most advanced, 24/7 care and monitoring for infants. 


The Joint Commission

We are a Joint Commission Accredited Hospital and Home Care Agency. The Joint Commission’s accreditation is a nationwide seal of approval. Valley Children’s was re-accredited in 2015, meeting all Joint Commission standards in safety and quality of care.



Magnet Nursing - The American Nurses Credentialing Center

® of the American Nurses Credentialing Center has recognized Valley Children’s for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice with three consecutive designations beginning in April 2004. Valley Children’s was the first pediatric hospital west of the Rockies to receive Magnet® designation and has remained in the elite group of less than 7 percent of hospitals nationwide for the past decade.


Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

The only free-standing pediatric rehabilitation center in California accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Valley 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

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Valley Children’s Central California earned the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Less than a dozen PICUs nationwide and only three PICUs within the state of California have received this designation.

The Beacon is awarded at bronze, silver and gold levels. Valley Children’s received gold – the highest level of success – demonstrating sustained excellence in unit performance and patient outcomes.