Awards & Recognition

We’re proud to share some of the ways Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has been recognized — both locally and nationally. These honors are important for one reason only: They demonstrate our commitment in doing what’s right for kids.

Critical Care Nurses Praised

Rady Children’s critical care nurses were lauded by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for their revision of prevention protocol for pediatric patients, ages 10 and older, at risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Since establishing these guidelines and implementing them hospital-wide, the nurses have reduced the incidence of VTE in patients by 100 percent.

Award of Excellence for Rady Children’s Specialists

The Institute for Healthcare Excellence/PRC honored Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego (RCSSD) with the 2017 Culture of Excellence Award, recognizing the tremendous hard work of providers and clinical and administrative staff in working together to improve quality care and service excellence for patients. More than 20 RCSSD providers and staff lead RCSSD’s Communication in Healthcare program.

Honors for Dr. Newton

Peter Newton, M.D., received a 2017 Whitecloud Award from the Scoliosis Research Society. He was honored with the clinical award for his paper “Two-Year Outcomes of Spinal Growth Tethering vs. Posterior Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis Flexibility vs. Reliability.”

Best Children’s Hospitals

Rady Children’s ranked in all 10 specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report  in its Best Children’s Hospitals survey. Our Orthopedics and Neonatology programs achieved particular distinction, ranking #3 and #5 respectively in the nation. Learn more.

Best Nursing Homes

For the eighth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranks the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children as one of the best nursing homes in the nation. The Center received the top rating: 5 stars!

Award of Excellence for KidSTART

Kidstart-LogoKidSTART has won the prestigious Jackson Healthcare Program of Excellence Award as part of its 2016 Hospital Services Charitable Services Awards Program. With this award, KidSTART is one of only 10 programs across the nation recognized for excellence in the areas of community impact, innovation and collaboration.

Magnet® Designation

ANCC Sub Brand Names v2Rady Children’s has achieved Magnet® designation from the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC), recognized as the gold standard of nursing excellence. The status is earned by hospitals that satisfy a set of criteria that measures the strength and quality of their nursing care. The standards are high — less than 7 percent of hospitals in the U.S. achieve this status.

Teaching Award for Dr. Magit

Anthony Magit, M.D., received the 2016 Sylvan Stool Award for outstanding teaching and mentorship from SENTAC (Society for Ear, Nose and Throat Advances in Children)The award is named after one of the fathers of pediatric otolaryngology, Sylvan Stool, M.D.

Grant Award for Pediatric Cancer Research

sun-choo-mdSun Choo, M.D., received a 2016 Hyundai Hope on Wheels Young Investigator Award. The $150,000, two-year grant will be used to fund research on Ewing sarcoma. The award was presented at Rady Children’s on Sept. 9, 2016, in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, during a ceremony in which handprints of local cancer patients were captured on a white 2016 Hyundai Tucson to commemorate their fight against the disease. Rady Children’s was one of 10 recipients across the country selected from nonprofit Children’s Oncology Group (COG) member institutions after a rigorous grading process.

Lifetime Achievement in Pediatric Orthopedics

dennis-wenger-md awardsDennis Wenger, M.D., is the recipient of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award, given to a surgeon who has made important contributions to the field of children’s orthopedics. Among these contributions are his groundbreaking work in hip dysplasia, slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) and Perthes disease; his authorship of “Children’s Orthopaedics in North America — History, Genealogy, and Evolution;” his enthusiastic participation as a thought leader at POSNA annual meetings; and his excellence in teaching fellows and residents in pediatric orthopedics at Rady Children’s.

Lifetime Achievement in Child Neurology

doris-trauner-md awardsDoris Trauner, M.D., of the Division of Neurology and a distinguished professor of neurosciences and pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Child Neurology Society, one of the society’s most prestigious honors. The award recognizes Dr. Trauner’s deep commitment to humanism in medicine, her leadership and service to the society and her lifelong advocacy for the principles of the society.

Guinness World Records® Title

Dr. Kingsmore with Guinness certStephen Kingsmore, M.D., D.Sc., president and CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, is the official title holder of the Guinness World Records® designation for fastest genetic diagnosis, which he accomplished by successfully diagnosing critically ill newborns in just 26 hours, as published in the journal Genome Medicine. The honor was celebrated at a press conference at Rady Children’s on April 25, 2016, where the office of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer proclaimed the day to be “Dr. Stephen Kingsmore Day.” Learn more.

Quality in Epilepsy Care

Rady Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center received Level 4 accreditation for 2016-NACE certificate2017 from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. Level 4 epilepsy centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. Learn more

Achievement in Hospice and Palliative Care

kimberly-bower-mdKimberly Bower, M.D., who specializes in hospice and palliative care with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and Scripps Health, earned fellow designation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She received the honor on March 12, 2016 at the academy’s annual meeting in Chicago. The distinction represents a minimum of five years of academy membership and participation in its activities, letters of recommendation and board certification in hospice and palliative medicine.

Quality in Cardiac Surgery

Rady Children’s Cardiovascular Surgery program received a three-star designSTS_logoation from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, placing it in the highest quality tier for cardiac surgery performance. The designation was obtained for the program’s 2015 Fall Report and is based on the STS Congenital Heart Surgery Database mortality risk model. See our outcomes.

Healthcare Champion

BUZZ KAUFMAN awards sizedDr. Irvin “Buzz” Kaufman was named a 2015 Healthcare Champion by the San Diego Business Journal, winning the category of physician for a large healthcare entity (based on number of employees). Dr. Kaufman has dedicated his life to the care of sick and injured children. During his more than 40 years at Rady Children’s, he has served in various roles. In his present position as the senior vice president for health affairs and chief medical officer, he serves as the liaison with the medical staff and the leaders of the various medical groups associated with the Hospital. Read more (see page B120).

Top DoctorsTop docs 2015cover

Nearly 90 Rady Children’s-affiliated physicians were named 2015 Top Doctors in the San Diego Magazine Physicians of Exceptional Excellence survey. Click here for the list of these extraordinary physicians.

Most Wired

For the fourth consecutive year (2015, 20142013, 2012), Rady Children’s is named as  one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals by Hospitals & Health Networks. The magazine’s Most Wired survey is designed to measure the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems.

Best Children’s Hospitals

For the fifth consecutive year (20152011), Rady Children’s ranked in all 10 specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report for its Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. Our Orthopedics program achieved particular distinction, ranking as the #2 program in the nation.

The 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. Read more.

Heart Ignite Award

LambertiDr. John J. Lamberti received the Heart Ignite Award from the San Diego Division of the American Heart Association, presented at its 2015 San Diego Heart Ball. The honoree demonstrates the highest commitment to advancing the association’s mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, as well as outstanding service and practice in the field.

Outstanding Social Worker of the Year

Chales Wilson croppedCharles Wilson, M.S.S.W., senior director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, was honored at the third annual Social Work Day. He received the award for Outstanding Social Worker of the Year in the “macro” category, whereby an individual has made a significant impact across the state or throughout the nation.

Best Nursing Homes

Rady Children’s Bernardy Center Earned Top Honors from U.S. News & World Report for seven years in a row (20152009). The Helen M. Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children continuously rates as one of the nation’s “Best Nursing Home” in U.S. News & World Report’s survey of nearly 16,000 facilities. Only those facilities with perfect five-star ratings from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid earn a place on this prestigious Honor Roll. Read more.

Physician Excellence Awards

Dr Tina Chambers1X

William Roberts, M.D., John Kanegaye, M.D., and Dr. Tina Chambers (pictured) received physician excellence awards at Rady Children’s 2015 Annual Meeting. Dr. Roberts received the award for Excellence in Critical Care, Dr. Kanegaye for Excellence in Teaching, and Dr. Chambers for Excellence in Research.

San Diego Person of the Year

Ernest Rady, friend and benefactor of Rady Children’sErnest, was named U-T San Diego’s 2015 Person of the Year. Among his philanthropic gifts, Ernest (and family) has pledged $120 million to support the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute at Rady Children’s. The gift is the largest donation ever made to Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Achievement in Sleep Medicine

WitLimMeerana_Clinical_2006h fewer than 250 pediatricians certified in the subspecialty of sleep medicine, Meerana Lim, M.D., is among the elite. Her recent board certification indicates that she possesses the knowledge, experience and skills necessary to provide excellent care to patients with sleep issues and sleep-related breathing disorders

Top Honor in Infectious Diseases

John Bradley, M.D., FAAP, chief of the Divisiojohn-bradley smalln of Infectious Diseases, received the Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2014).

TOP75_CHILDRENS_HOSPITALS
Social Media-Friendly Hospital

Rady Children’s was named among the top 75 social media friendly children’s hospitals by NurseJournal.org (2014).