Rady Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best in 10 Pediatric Specialties

San Diego, CA – May 17, 2011 U.S. News & World Report today announced the results of its comprehensive survey to identify the top children’s hospitals in the country in ten pediatric specialties. Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego achieved rankings in all ten specialties. With 177 children’s hospitals in the United States participating in the survey, the top rankings place Rady Children’s among the nation’s elite.

The 2011 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, the most extensive listing of its kind, recognized the top 50 children’s hospitals in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology.

The specialties at Rady Children’s ranking in the top 50 are:

Orthopedics (#4) Urology (#13), Neonatology (#21), Diabetes & Endocrinology (#24), Cancer (#25), Pulmonology (#28), Nephrology (#29) Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#30), Gastroenterology (#31), and Neurology & Neurosurgery (#37).

“We salute Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego,” said Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “The goal of the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings is to call attention to pediatric centers with the expertise to help the sickest kids, and Rady Children’s is one of those centers.”

“The results are even more remarkable when you consider that many of the top-ranked children’s hospitals in this survey are more than 100 years old and have built their reputation for treating children, teaching doctors and conducting research over generations,” said Kathleen Sellick, President and CEO of Rady Children’s Hospital. “Rady Children’s is only 56 years old and is still growing in its reputation as an academic medical center. We’re honored to be recognized for our achievements.”

Now in its fifth year, Best Children’s Hospitals pulls together clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of the 177 hospitals asked to participate for the 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems.

The survey is published online at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals and will be featured in U.S. News’s Best Hospitals print guide, available on Amazon.com in mid-August and on newsstands August 30.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, the largest children’s hospital in California, is a 442-bed pediatric care facility providing the largest source of comprehensive pediatric medical services in San Diego, Southern Riverside and Imperial Counties. Rady Children’s is the only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric healthcare and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. On October 10, 2010, Rady Children’s opened the Acute Care Pavilion, a LEED-Certified (green) building that is home to the incredible new Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, the state-of-the-art Warren Family Surgical Center, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for our community’s most fragile newborns. In 2001, Rady Children’s formed an affiliation agreement with the University of California-San Diego to unify pediatric patient care, research, education, and community service programs on the Rady Children’s campus. For more information, visit www.rchsd.org.