Accreditation & Awards

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

The Leapfrog Group Top Children's Hospital 2020 sealThe Leapfrog Group

For the second year in a row, Valley Children’s was named a Top Children’s Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for its excellence in patient safety and quality of care. The Leapfrog Top Children’s Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. Valley Children’s is one of only nine hospitals nationwide to receive this designation, bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for healthcare safety and quality.


U.S. News & World Report 2020-2021U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report’s new 2021-2022 Best Children’s Hospitals has ranked Valley Children’s Hospital as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country in Neonatology, Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Gastrointestinal Surgery, Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery, Pediatric Orthopedics, Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery and Pediatric Urology. The rankings rely on clinical data and an annual survey of pediatric specialists.



American Cleft Palate-Craniofacical Association (ACPA)

ACPA Approved Team recognition

For more than a decade, Valley Children’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Team has earned approval from the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) for meeting the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams. The ACPA ensures that cleft and craniofacial care teams follow the proper sequence that takes place within the framework of the patients overall developmental, medical and psychological needs. Valley Children’s is one of only 190 teams with ACPA accreditation throughout the U.S. and Canada.



IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence Seal

Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence

Valley Children’s has joined the national network of elite institutions designated by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence (AS CoE). This designation is granted to hospitals with the highest quality standards for fostering a stewardship program which protects patients from dangerous and unintended consequences to antimicrobial medications without reducing the quality of patient care.



AACN Beacon Award for Excellence

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). 

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



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.


ELSO Silver Level AwardThe ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support

Valley Children’s extracorporeal life support (ECLS) program is the only one of its kind in the Central Valley and has been recognized by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) as a Silver Level ELSO Award Recipient. ELSO recognizes centers worldwide that demonstrate an exceptional commitment to evidence-based processes and quality measures, staff training and continuing education, patient satisfaction and ongoing clinical care.


GuideStar Platinum Seal of TransparencyGuideStar

Valley Children’s Healthcare Foundation has received the Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, an organization that promotes nonprofit transparency by monitoring and evaluating charity performance. This recognition demonstrates Valley Children’s commitment to transparency in fundraising and dedication to stewardship.


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

The American Nurses Credentialing Center has recognized Valley Children’s for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice with four 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.



NAEC Level 3 Epilepsy Center Badge

National Association of Epilepsy Centers

Valley Children’s is the only hospital in Central California to be named a Level 4 epilepsy center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.