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About Us

Caring for Children – in San Diego and Beyond

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families — in our community, throughout the nation and around the world.

We are proud to be the region’s pediatric medical center serving San Diego, Imperial and southern Riverside counties. Our hospital treats children from birth to 18 years old as well as a small number of adults with certain conditions for which we have specialized services.

Rady Children’s is:

  • The largest children’s hospital on the West Coast (based on licensed beds and admissions)
  • The only hospital in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric health care
  • The region’s only designated pediatric trauma center
  • Provider of care to 91 percent of the region’s children
  • Provider of care to 281,924 children

Our outstanding team includes nearly 1,000 physicians and nearly 1,500 nurses on staff, more than 5,100 employees, about 500 active volunteers and more than 1,200 Auxiliary members.

Achieving National and Local Recognition

We are nationally recognized for medical excellence:

Magnet Recognized – American Nurses Credentialing Center

Earned Magnet® designation and redesignation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognized as the gold standard in nursing excellence.

U.S. News & World Report

Ranked in all 10 pediatric specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report.

Newsweek – World’s Best Hospitals

Ranked among World’s Best Specialized Hospitals by Newsweek.

Great Place to Work

Earned Great Place to Work Certification, a badge of honor that validates the employee experience and the great workplace culture we’ve built.

CHiME – Most Wired

Named among the nation’s “Most Wired” health care organizations by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHiME).

AACN Beacon Award for Excellence (2022)

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses has once again awarded our PICU the GOLD-level designation of the Beacon Award for Excellence!

Committed to Excellence in Pediatric Care

The Rady Name

The Hospital and our Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine carry the name of our most generous donor: Ernest Rady and the Rady family. We are grateful to the Rady family for their unwavering support throughout the years and for their lifelong commitment to helping kids.

Training the Best and Brightest

Rady Children's, in partnership with UC San Diego School of Medicine, is also the region's teaching hospital for the next generation of pediatric physicians. Each year, we train residents, medical students and fellows.

Discovering Treatments and Cures

Rady Children's is a major pediatric clinical research center, with more than 890 active research studies underway, including more than 200 active clinical trials. We collaborate with world-class institutions, including UC San Diego, the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, the Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Making Our Community Healthier

As a not-for-profit hospital, we take pride in our service to the community. Learn about our community services in the Community Benefit Report and about our community's greatest health needs in the Community Health Needs Assessment.