Awards & Recognition
We’re proud to share some of the ways Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has been recognized — both locally and nationally.
Dr. Bickler Honored with Humanitarian Award
Stephen Bickler, M.D., received the 2020 American Pediatric Surgical Association Humanitarian Award, which recognizes a member whose career has been committed to ensuring that surgical care is provided to underserved children without expectation of commensurate reimbursement. This award is intended for surgeons who have dedicated a significant portion of their surgical careers to humanitarian efforts either locally or globally; examples include a career dedicated to missionary surgery, the founding and ongoing operations of a charitable organization dedicated to providing surgical care to the underserved, or a retirement characterized by surgical volunteer outreach.
Hospital, Dr. Zage Receive Pediatric Cancer Research Grant
Rady Children’s and hematologist/oncologist Peter Zage, M.D., Ph.D., received a $300,000 Scholar Hope Grant from Hyundai Hope on Wheels. The grant will fund Dr. Zage’s research on neuroblastoma, a cancer that is commonly found in the adrenal glands. Rady Children’s is honored to be the recipient of Hope on Wheels research grants year after year.
Hospital Honored by Chamber of Commerce
Rady Children’s has been named the 2019 Large Business of the Year by the Murrieta/Wildomar Chamber of Commerce. We have cared for patients in this region for the past two decades and partner with Rancho Springs Medical Center to provide neonatal and emergency care. In 2018, we opened the Murrieta Medical Plaza, expanding our pediatric services to provide a wide range of specialty clinics and offer primary care.
Rady Children’s Ranked in All 10 Specialties — Again!
Rady Children’s is proud once again to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in all 10 specialties surveyed. The 13th annual Best Children’s Hospitals rankings recognize the top 50 pediatric facilities across the U.S. in cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and lung surgery, and urology. This is the eighth time since 2011 that we have been ranked in all 10 specialties. Learn more.
Hospital Receives Six PRC Awards
National health care research leader Professional Research Consultants recently honored Rady Children’s with six awards for patient experience excellence. PRC awarded Rady Children’s Inpatient Services with its highest honor, the Award of Distinction for Excellent Performance. Additionally, PRC recognized the Hematology/Oncology Care Unit with a Top Performer Award and HomeCare, the Neurosurgery Outpatient Clinic, Outpatient Surgical Services and the Rancho Springs NICU with 5-Star Awards for scoring in the top 10 percent of health care facilities nationwide. Congratulations to all of these dedicated teams!
PICU Garners Gold-Level Beacon Award
Rady Children’s pediatric intensive care unit received a 2019 gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Only three PICUs in California and 12 across the United States earned gold-level accolades. The three-year award acknowledges “caregivers in stellar units whose consistent and systematic approach to evidence-based care optimizes patient outcomes.” In showing their PICU pride, team members wore gold hats and capes in a celebration for the award winners.
Dr. John Bradley Earns Top Academic Title
John Bradley, M.D., an internationally renowned infectious disease specialist, has received a promotion to Distinguished Professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the highest rank conferred on the university’s faculty. For over three decades, Dr. Bradley served as chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rady Children’s and more recently held this role in the Department of Pediatrics of UC San Diego. He continues to serve as the division’s medical director and divides his time between clinical care, clinical research and national policy.
Hospital, Opioid Task Force Garner CMS Award
Rady Children’s Hospital and its Prescription Drug Abuse (Opioid) Task Force have received the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group Challenge Coin Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A major goal of Rady Children’s is to decrease overall Hospital opioid use while maintaining effective pain control. Over a two-year period, an institution-wide quality improvement initiative reduced the number of ambulatory pediatric opioid prescriptions by about one-third and ambulatory doses prescribed by over 50 percent. Learn about our Pain Management program.
Genomics Institute Physician-Scientists Discover New Gene Mutation
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine physician-scientists have discovered a new gene mutation responsible for a devastating brain disorder in children. Drs. Jennifer Friedman and Joseph Gleeson (pictured right) led the international effort and performed genetic testing on blood samples. The findings pave the way for the first step in developing potential therapies for the rare neurodegenerative condition. Learn more.
Heart Transplant Center Earns CCS Approval
Rady Children’s Hospital received approval as a California Children’s Services (CCS) Program-approved Heart Transplant Center and has qualified as a Center of Excellence for meeting strict quality outcomes criteria and for its “ongoing commitment in providing the highest quality care to children.” CCS is a state program for children with certain diseases or health problems for children up to 21 years old. Dr. Rakesh Singh (pictured left) is a transplant cardiologist and medical director of our Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support & Transplantation Program.
Hospital, Top Executives Honored by Black Chamber of Commerce
Rady Children’s Hospital and three senior executives were honored at the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce (CSDBCC) 8th Annual Awards Gala, “Honoring African Americans in Healthcare.” Dr. Gail Knight, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nicholas Holmes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and Dr. Herbert Kimmons, Executive Director, Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego (RCSSD), President, Children’s Specialists of San Diego, and UC San Diego Dean of Clinical Services received The William Jones Lifetime Leadership Award. Rady Children’s received the Medical Center of the Year Award for “taking diversity and inclusion to the next level through the placement of three African Americans on their executive team.”
Bernardy Center Earns Top Rating Once Again
For the 10th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Rady Children’s Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children as one of the nation’s best nursing homes, with highest possible overall rating of “High Performing.” To generate the ratings, U.S. News & World Report evaluated over 15,000 facilities across the country, and fewer than 20 percent of the facilities were awarded the top rating. Learn more.
Rady Children’s Named HealthCare’s “Most Wired”
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has named Rady Children’s Hospital among its 2018 HealthCare’s “Most Wired” recipients. Healthcare organizations that received this designation not only adopt technology but apply it strategically to achieve great outcomes. Learn more.
Dr. Yaszay and Team Win Best Clinical Research Paper Award
Dr. Burt Yaszay and a team of researchers (including Tracey Bastrom, M.A., Salil Upasani, M.D., and Peter Newton, M.D., from the Division of Orthopedics & Scoliosis) received the 2018 Russell A. Hibbs Best Clinical Research Paper Award from the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Yaszay was also the lead investigator on the paper that won best clinical poster. Learn more.
Dr. Newton Begins Role as Society President
Dr. Peter Newton is now the president of the Scoliosis Research Society, a group of 1,000+ world-leading physicians and allied health personnel committed to research and education in the field of spinal deformities. The international society aims to foster optimal care for all spinal deformity patients.
Rady Children’s Designated Safe Sleep Hospital
Rady Children’s has been designated a Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program. The program was created by the Cribs for Kids foundation and is endorsed by leading health and safety organizations. Hospitals that are certified demonstrate a commitment to making babies as safe as possible in their sleep environments and eliminating sleep-related deaths. Learn more.
Parent Liaison Receives Foundation Award
Congratulations to Gloria Newell, a parent liaison in the Peckham Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders, on receiving a 2018 Comunidad Award from the Padres Foundation. Gloria was recognized on the field during a San Diego Padres game, to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), for making a positive impact on the region’s Hispanic community. Part of the $2,500 award will go to the Peckham Center.
Dr. Ganesan Awarded Hyundai Research Grant
Hematology/oncology specialist Anusha Preethi Ganesan, M.D., Ph.D., has been honored with a $200,000 Hyundai Young Investigator Grant for pediatric cancer research. The award was presented on Sept. 7 at Rady Children’s. With this award, the Hospital has received more than $1.5 million in grants from Hyundai Hope On Wheels. Learn more.
Genomics Institute Honored for Collaborations
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine received a RARE Champion of Hope Award from Global Genes®. Awards are given for rare disease advocacy, teen advocacy, science, medical care and treatment, and collaborations. The Institute garnered an award for “Collaborations in Science and Technology.” Learn more.
Hospital, Foundation Recognized for Transparency
Rady Children’s Hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation were recently recognized for transparency by GuideStar with a 2018 Gold Seal. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. The Gold Seal appears on the Hospital and Foundation profiles on the GuideStar website.
Services Garner PRC Awards
Rady Children’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rancho Springs (Team pictured right) received the 2018 Top Performer Award from Professional Research Consultants Inc. (PRC) for Overall Quality of Care, recognizing our unit as the highest-scoring NICU in PRC’s database. Learn more. PRC also awarded Rady Children’s Outpatient Surgical Services, Inpatient Hematology/Oncology Care Unit, Inpatient Surgical Care Unit and Outpatient Surgical Services with five star excellence awards, and overall Inpatient Services with a four star excellence award.
Best Children’s Hospitals
Once again, Rady Children’s Hospital ranked in all 10 specialties surveyed by U.S. News & World Report in its Best Children’s Hospitals rankings for 2018-19. This is the seventh time since 2011 that Rady Children’s has ranked in all 10 specialties. Learn more.
PICU honored with Beacon Award
Rady Children’s pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) has been honored with a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The three-year award signifies an effective and systematic approach to policies, procedures and processes that include engagement of staff and key stakeholders, fact-based evaluation strategies for continuous process improvement and performance measures that meet or exceed relevant benchmarks. Only three PICUs in California and 12 across the United States received gold-level accolades.
Dr. Starling Honored as Outstanding Teacher
Suzanne Starling, M.D., FAAP, medical director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, received The Ray E. Helfer Society’s 2018 Outstanding Teaching Award. The Helfer Society is an international society of physicians seeking to provide leadership to enhance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of child abuse and neglect. The Outstanding Teacher Award recognizes the importance of teaching in the promotion of the scientific and humanitarian aspects of child abuse medicine.
Dr. John Bradley Receives Esteemed Award
Infectious disease specialist John Bradley, M.D., (pictured on the left with Dr. Irvin “Buzz” Kaufman) received the 2018 Inaugural Irvin B. Kaufman Lecturer Award for contributions to his field at the 2018 Advances in the Practice of Pediatrics Conference.
Genomics Institute sets GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine has garnered the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for fastest genetic diagnosis. Through close collaboration with leading technology and data-science developers — Illumina, Alexion, Clinithink, Edico Genome, Fabric Genomics and Diploid—the RCIGM team, led by President and CEO Stephen Kingsmore, M.D., D.Sc. (pictured on the left), has engineered a seamless process—enhanced by in-house expertise—to deliver analysis and interpretation of life-threatening genetic variations in just 19.5 hours. This amazing feat provides hope for newborns and children with rare, genetic diseases. Learn more.
Dr. Bower Honored with Palliative Medicine Award
Kimberly Bower, M.D., F.A.A.H.P.M., HMDC, chief of palliative medicine, was honored with the California State University (CSU) Institute for Palliative Care’s 2017 Doris A. Howell, M.D., Award for Advancing Palliative Care during a ceremony on Jan. 9, 2018. Her husband, Dr. Gary Buckholz, also received the award. Both were nominated by their colleagues, who cited the doctors’ exemplary leadership skills, compassion and commitment to improving care for patients with serious or life-limiting illness. Dr. Bower helped create the first home-based pediatric palliative program in Southern California.
Dr. Chambers Honored for Work on Cerebral Palsy
Hank Chambers, M.D., director of the Cerebral Palsy Center at Rady Children’s, was honored at the United Cerebral Palsy of San Diego’s Life Without Limits Annual Awards Dinner on Nov. 14. The event recognizes individuals in San Diego who embody leadership and community service – and who improve the lives of friends and neighbors with disabilities throughout the county.
Helen Bernardy Center Receives Highest Possible Rating
The Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children at Rady Children’s has received the highest possible overall rating of five stars in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Nursing Homes. The 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. Learn more.
Rady Children’s Named CCF-Accredited Center
Rady Children’s has been named an accredited center of care by the Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation (CCF), a national nonprofit committed to improving the health outcomes and quality of life for children with cardiomyopathy. The Hospital received this recognition for providing consistent high-quality cardiac care and specialized disease management to children with cardiomyopathy. Learn more on the CCF website at http://www.childrenscardiomyopathy.org/site/centerofcare.php.
Barbara Ryan Recognized by East County Chamber
Vice President of Government Affairs Barbara Ryan was one of eight women honored by the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce at its 2017 Women in Leadership Luncheon awards. The 15th annual event recognizes women for their outstanding leadership, exemplary character and integrity in the community, as well as their efforts to empower women to succeed and prosper in life and business. Learn more.
Critical Care Nurses Praised by AACN
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 from Scoliosis Society
Peter Newton, M.D., (pictured center in photo to the right) 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 rankings for 2017-18. 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 for 2016-17. The Center received the top rating: 5 stars!
Award of Excellence for KidSTART
KidSTART 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.
Rady Children’s has received 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., (pictured on the left) 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, 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, 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, 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
Stephen 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 2016-2017 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, 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 designation 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.
Dr. 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).
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.
For the fourth consecutive year (2015, 2014, 2013, 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 (2015–2011), 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
Dr. 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
Charles 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 (2015–2009). 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
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’s, 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
With 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 Division of Infectious Diseases, received the Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education from the American Academy of Pediatrics (2014).
Social Media-Friendly Hospital
Rady Children’s was named among the top 75 social media friendly children’s hospitals by NurseJournal.org (2014).