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

Hospital Achieves Rankings in All 10 Pediatric Specialties Surveyed

San Diego, CAJune 27, 2017 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 2017-18 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings published online today.

Not only did Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego achieve rankings in all 10 specialties surveyed, its Orthopedics program was ranked as No. 3 in country and its Neonatology program as No. 5.

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

Rady Children’s 2017/2018 rankings:

Orthopedics #3
Neonatology #5
Neurology & Neurosurgery #14
Diabetes & Endocrinology #15
Cardiology & Heart Surgery #17
Urology #22
Cancer #23
Nephrology #25
Pulmonology #26
Gastroenterology #34

The 11th annual rankings recognize just the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in 10 pediatric specialties, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“At Rady Children’s, we take great pride in providing the highest level of care across the full spectrum of pediatric medicine, from a teenager visiting an urgent care center for a broken bone to a newborn baby receiving advanced genomic sequencing to diagnose a mystery illness,” said Rady Children’s President and CEO Donald Kearns, M.D. “It’s gratifying to know that U.S News recognizes our enduring commitment to the health and wellbeing of the children in our community.”

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. They are the only comprehensive source of quality-related information on U.S. pediatric centers.

“The pediatric centers we rank in Best Children’s Hospitals deliver exceptionally high-quality care and deserve to be recognized for their commitment,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “Children with life-threatening illnesses or rare conditions need the state-of-the-art services and expertise these hospitals provide every day.”

The U.S. News Best Children’s Hospitals rankings rely on clinical data and on an annual survey of pediatric specialists. The rankings methodology considers clinical outcomes, such as mortality and infection rates, efficiency and coordination of care delivery and compliance with “best practices.”

Survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing, procedure and patient volume, availability of programs for particular illnesses and conditions and much more can be viewed on

This year’s rankings will be published in the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2018” guidebook and available on newsstands September 12. Visit Best Children’s Hospitals for the complete rankings and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.

About Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego:

Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego is a 551-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 2017, 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. 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:

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, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 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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