Children who come to UCSF with a neurosurgical disorder are cared for in a 'hospital within a hospital' at the Parnassus Avenue campus in San Francisco. The UCSF Children's Hospital
is recognized as one of the top 20 children’s hospitals in the country by US News & World Report
. More than 150 beds are allocated to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (ICU), the Neonatal ICU, and the pediatric inpatient wards. A complete range of pediatric subspecialists are available for pre- and post-operative care of children ranging from premature infants to teens. In addition, highly advanced technologies and treatments are available because of the close proximity of other subspecialists in the Medical Center.
The All Stars Technology Room at UCSF Children's Hospital gives children who must be in the hospital a chance to connect with other children who are in the same situation. Decorated with lights twinkling on the ceiling and fitted out with a fleet of computers, the room has a special networking system that lets children being treated at UCSF email, chat, or videoconference with children in more than 80 other hospitals throughout the United States. The All Stars Technology Room was donated to UCSF by former 49er Ronnie Lott's All Stars Helping Kids Foundation, and the portable computers were donated by the nonprofit Starbright Foundation, a private online community that links sick children in hospitals and homes nationwide.
UCSF Children's Hospital is a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), a national nonprofit association of children's hospitals and health systems committed to excellence in children's services. As a NACHRI member, UCSF joins the nation's best children's hospitals and is part of a nationwide communications network of children's health specialists. More than 160 members and supporters of NACHRI promote the health and well being of children and their families through education, research, health promotion, and advocacy.