Rady Children’s Hospital ranks high nationally

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rady childrens hospitalSAN DIEGO — For the first time ever, Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego made the top 30 in the rankings in all 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s ratings of medical facilities for pediatric patients, which were released Tuesday.

The 377-bed medical center in Kearny Mesa made the rankings in all the specialties for the fourth year in a row.

“At Rady Children’s, we hold ourselves to the highest standard in everything we do — whether it’s providing world-class medical care to the children of our region or conducting innovative research to discover cures for childhood diseases,” said Dr. Donald Kearns, the hospital’s interim president.

“That’s why these rankings are so gratifying. They illustrate our enduring commitment to providing the best possible care to every child.”

Rady Children’s Hospital ranked third nationally in pediatric orthopedics, 12th in diabetes and endocrinology, 16th in cancer, 16th in gastroenterology and GI surgery, 18th in neurology and neurosurgery, 21st in nephrology, 21st in urology, 22nd in pulmonology, 25th in neonatology and 28th in cardiology and heart surgery.

The rankings are built on questionnaires sent to 183 children’s medical centers around the country, as well as surveys on hospital reputations sent to pediatric specialists and sub-specialists. The magazine said 116 hospitals turned in enough data to be evaluated, and 89 ranked in at least one specialty.

Whether and where a hospital was ranked depended on clinical outcomes, such as cancer survival and rates of various infections; efficiency and coordination of care delivery, which included reputation survey results, compliance with “best practices” and steps to control infection; and care-related resources such as adequate nursing staff and availability of programs tailored to particular illnesses and conditions.

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