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The Helen Bernardy Center at Rady Children’s Receives Highest Possible Rating

Center for Medically Fragile Children Achieves 5-Star Rating from U.S. News & World Report

San Diego – October 31, 2017 – For the ninth consecutive year, the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Nursing Homes, available at

The Best Nursing Homes 2017 ratings highlight the top nursing homes in each city and state, out of nearly 16,000 facilities nationwide. Only 15 percent of facilities that U.S. News rated achieved “Top Performing” status by earning a rating of at least 4.5.

“We are thrilled to once again be ranked among the nation’s best,” said Pamela Castle, Director of the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children’s. “This honor would not be possible without our highly skilled interdisciplinary team of caregivers. They work diligently to provide effective, individualized care to each of our residents every day. “

Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, licensed respiratory therapists, and certified nursing assistants provide 24-hour nursing care to all residents at the Bernardy Center. Attending physicians monitor all residents regularly, at which time the resident’s treatment plan and any specialist recommendations are reviewed.

U.S. News assigned each facility a rating ranging from 1.0 to 5.0, using its own analysis of data posted by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Best Nursing Homes has several enhancements designed to make the ratings more meaningful to consumers than CMS’s star ratings — including evaluating a nursing home’s performance over time by averaging the CMS star ratings over a 12-month period, plus greater emphasis on medical quality measures and on providing rehabilitation services.

Additional information about each home and about the methodology is available at

For more information about the Bernardy Center, please call the Admissions Coordinator at 858-966-5833.

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 FacebookTwitter and Vimeo.

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