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Seattle Children’s Ranked 7th Among Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals According to U.S. News & World Report

May 17, 2011

Children’s cancer, nephrology, urology and neurology programs in nation’s top ten

Today U.S. News & World Report magazine placed Seattle Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for the 19th consecutive year. The results were announced as part of U.S.News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Hospitals issue, on newsstands Aug. 30. Children’s was ranked 2nd in the country for kidney disorders, 7th for urology, 8th for cancer and 10th for neurology/neurosurgery. Children’s also ranked 7th in this year’s honor roll – meaning it’s the 7th highest ranked children’s hospital in the nation.

Other Children’s programs receiving top recognition by U.S. News included cardiology, pulmonary, orthopedics, neonatology, gastroenterology and diabetes.

 “We are honored to be recognized as a top children’s hospital for the 19th time by U.S. News,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, CEO at Children’s. “These rankings are due to the remarkable work of our team who strives to provide excellent, family-centered care every day. Our nurses, doctors and staff are a constant source of inspiration to me.”

According to U.S. News, methodology for the rankings pulled clinical and operational data from a lengthy survey, completed by the majority of 177 hospitals asked to participate for their 2011-12 rankings. The survey asks hundreds of questions about survival rates, nurse staffing, subspecialist availability, and many more pieces of critical information difficult or impossible for those in charge of a child’s care to find on their own. The data from the survey is combined with recommendations from pediatric specialists on the hospitals they consider best for children with challenging problems. Details about the methodology and final rankings may be found at

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit

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