Rady Children's Hospital among best medical facilities for kids in US

Hospital ranked in US News & World Report

SAN DIEGO - Rady Children's Hospital ranks seventh best in the United States in pediatric orthopedics, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of medical facilities for kids.

Overall, the 441-bed hospital in Kearny Mesa was ranked nationally in 10 different categories, including 10th in pediatric urology, and 16th in diabetes and endocrinology, according to the publication.

U.S. News found the Orthopedics Department to be "superior" in using measures to prevent infection, nurse-to-patient ratio, commitment to best practices, efforts to involve families, adoption of health information technology and availability of subspecialists.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia received the publication's highest rating. Children's Hospital of Los Angeles ranked fifth overall.

The rankings were derived from a clinical survey sent to selected hospitals and a reputational survey given to pediatric specialists and subspecialists, according to the publication. RTI International, a North Carolina research and consulting firm, directed the surveys and analyzed the results.

The survey was sent to 179 facilities around the nation, and 110 responded with enough information to be included in the rankings, which were released late Monday, according to the magazine.

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