U.S. News Ranks Rady Children’s Among Nation’s Best in All 10 Pediatric Specialties Surveyed

Hospital Achieves Top Honors for Fourth Consecutive Year

San Diego, CAJune 10, 2014   U.S. News & World Report today announced the results of its comprehensive survey to identify the top children’s hospitals in the country in the new 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. For the fourth straight year, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego achieved rankings in all 10 specialties surveyed. And, for the first time, every ranked specialty at Rady Children’s was listed among the top 30 programs in the nation.

The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings highlight U.S. News’s top 50 U.S. pediatric facilities in cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology based on a combination of clinical data and reputation with pediatric specialists.

“At Rady Children’s, we hold ourselves to the highest standard in everything we do – whether it’s providing world-class medical care to the children of our region or conducting innovative research to discover cures for childhood diseases,” said Rady Children’s acting President Donald Kearns, M.D. “That’s why these rankings are so gratifying. They illustrate our enduring commitment to providing the best possible care to every child.”

U.S. News introduced the Best Children’s Hospitals rankings in 2007 to help families of sick children find the best medical care available. The rankings open the door to an array of detailed information about each hospital’s performance.

Five-sixths of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and the care-related resources each hospital makes available. To gather clinical data, U.S. News sent a clinical questionnaire to 183 pediatric hospitals. The remaining one-sixth of the score derived from a survey of 450 pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each of the 10 specialties over three years. The 4,500 physicians were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside location and expense.

“Every Best Children’s Hospital deserves high praise,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “We know how important it is to parents to have confidence in pediatric centers that show dedication and expertise in caring for a child facing a life-threatening, rare or demanding illness.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed on http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, which will be available in August.

Media Contact: Ben Metcalf
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bmetcalf@rchsd.org

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:
Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 520-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. In June 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all ten pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed.

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