Healthy Kids - Fall 2023

Partners in Purpose



uring my tenure at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, I’ve learned a fundamental secret to our success: the invaluable impact of aligning with exceptional partners. Teaming up with leading organizations in our community has shaped Rady Children’s present and continues to illuminate our future. Our partnership with UC San Diego Health, for example, stands as a cornerstone of our identity. Together, we conduct cutting-edge research, provide compassionate patient care, and pioneer new treatments. This union of health care and academic medicine has delivered groundbreaking advancements that continue to touch the lives of countless children and families. And I’m proud to say that, for the first time in our history, Rady Children’s is one of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-2024 Best Children’s Hospitals survey. Five of our specialties now rank among the nation’s top 10: cardiology and heart surgery, orthopedics, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, and diabetes and endocrine disorders. Only 23 hospitals nationwide achieved rankings in all 10 specialties. A remarkable achievement. Beyond the hospital’s walls, our resonance is amplified by exceptional individuals, such as our new ambassador, soccer icon Alex Morgan. Her prowess on the pitch is rivaled only by her dedication to philanthropy; she embodies the spirit of unity that underpins our mission. This is more than mere collaboration; it’s a convergence of shared values, a partnership that empowers us to make a lasting impact on young lives and inspire change. For nearly seven decades, Rady Children’s has stood strong, nurtured by philanthropy, enduring community support and partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries. We are part of a unique network, collaborating with nonprofits, businesses and organizations to create a more compassionate world. Initiatives like the “Little Heroes League” illustrate the potential of genuine partnership, while our collaborations with sports associations, such as the NCAA, have led to transformative events that lift spirits. The memorable and often inspiring stories of those who have grown up under the care of Rady Children’s are woven into the fabric of our history. These stories not only demonstrate the integral role the hospital plays in San Diego and the Southern California region, but also highlight our growing influence across the country and around the world. Our extraordinary partners fortify our mission to heal, nurture, and uplift our families and our community. And for that we are forever grateful.

@radychildrens Little Jazz came all the way from Guam to Rady Children’s, where he was treated for an airway issue that was affecting his breathing and eating. He’s now happy, healthy and headed home.

@rcha_poway Congratulations to the winners of the Backyard Picnic Package at the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Poway Unit annual Tabletops with a Twist.

STEPHEN JENNINGS Chief External Affairs Officer and Senior Vice President Rady Children’s Executive Director Rady Children’s Hospital Foundation

@radychildrens Rady Children’s patients got a visit and some new furry friends from Major League Baseball umpires and the San Diego Padres.


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