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For Fifth Year in a Row, Rady Children’s Ranked Among Nation’s Best in All Ten Pediatric Specialties Surveyed

Orthopedics Program Ranked #2 in Country

San Diego, CAJune 9, 2015 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 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

For the fifth year in a row, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego achieved rankings in all 10 specialties surveyed. Rady Children’s Orthopedics program achieved particular distinction, ranking as the #2 program in the United States.

Based on a combination of clinical data and reputation surveys of pediatric specialists, 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.

“At Rady Children’s, we are committed to leading the way in pediatric medicine by providing advanced, patient-focused care, whether it’s mending a broken bone or performing a heart transplant,” said Rady Children’s President and CEO Donald Kearns, M.D. “As we enter into a new frontier of genomics research and personalized medicine, it’s gratifying to know that U.S News recognizes our enduring commitment to providing a full spectrum of the best possible care to every child.”

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

Most of each hospital’s score relied on patient outcomes and care-related resources. U.S. News garnered clinical data from a detailed questionnaire sent to 184 pediatric hospitals. A sixth of the score came from annual surveys of pediatric specialists and subspecialists in each specialty in 2013, 2014 and 2015. They were asked where they would send the sickest children in their specialty, setting aside considerations of location and expense.

“The pediatric centers that are ranked in Best Children’s Hospitals deserve our congratulations,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening or rare conditions need the kind of care that these hospitals deliver day after day.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure volume and much more can be viewed online and will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, which will be available September 1.

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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 2015, 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. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.