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Survey Ranks Rady Children’s Among Nation’s Top 10 Children’s Hospitals in Neonatology, Orthopedics

Hospital Achieves Rankings in All 10 Pediatric Specialties Surveyed

San Diego, Calif.June 16, 2020 —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 2020–2021 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The 14th annual rankings recognize the 50 leading pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology.

Not only did Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego achieve rankings in all 10 specialties surveyed, its Neonatology program was ranked as No. 4 in the country and its Orthopedics program as No. 7.

Rady Children’s also improved or maintained its rankings in eight of the 10 specialties surveyed when compared to last year’s results.

Rady Children’s 20202021 rankings are as follows:

Neonatology 4
Orthopedics 7
Urology 12
Diabetes and Endocrinology 14
Neurology and Neurosurgery 16
Nephrology 18
Pulmonology and Lung Surgery 18
Cardiology and Heart Surgery 21
Gastroenterology and GI Surgery 30
Cancer 32

“At Rady Children’s, we take great pride in providing the highest level of care across the full spectrum of pediatric medicine, whether it’s a teenager with a broken bone or a newborn with a mystery illness,” said Rady Children’s President and CEO Patrick Frias, MD. “It’s gratifying to know that U.S. News recognizes our enduring commitment to the health and well-being of the children in our community. Pandemic or not, we will always be here for the kids.”

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 are the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric hospitals.

“Even in the midst of a pandemic, children have health care needs ranging from routine vaccinations to lifesaving surgery and chemotherapy,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are designed to help parents find quality medical care for a sick child and inform families’ conversations with pediatricians.”

Rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The methodology factors in patient outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources and compliance with best practices.

For more information, visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the full rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 505-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 health system in the San Diego area dedicated exclusively to pediatric health care and is the region’s only designated pediatric trauma center. In June 2020, U.S. News & World Report ranked Rady Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation in all 10 pediatric specialties the magazine surveyed. Rady Children’s is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations to support its mission. For more information, visit and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo.

About U.S. News & World Report:

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and News, provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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