Hope Care Cure

These three simple words capture what we are here to do. They speak to what inspires us now, and to our aspirations for the future.

Step inside Seattle Children’s and enter a unique world. We are a compassionate community where skilled physician-researchers, nurses and staff partner with patients and families to help every child live their best life.

Amid the friendly Northwest images of bears, whales, birds and raccoons that greet you at the door, there is a buzz – an energy and perseverance that define our community. We are united by a compelling mission: to prevent, treat and eliminate pediatric disease.

Seattle Children’s consists of:

Together, we deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.

World-Class Clinical Care

Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. For more than 100 years, we have been dedicated to providing top-quality care to every child in our region who needs us, regardless of the family’s ability to pay.

Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, we provide inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, emergency and outreach services.

Seattle Children’s is consistently ranked among the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Thanks to our nursing excellence, we received Magnet status in 2008 and were re-designated in 2013. Magnet status is an honor bestowed on less than 4% of all hospitals in the United States.

We are also the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine, which is ranked one of the top 10 pediatrics programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. 

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Pioneering Research

At the forefront of pediatric medical research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute has nine major centers, and is internationally recognized for its work in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention and bioethics. It is among the top five pediatric medical research centers in terms of National Institutes of Health grant funding.

In its quest to cure childhood disease, the research institute brings discoveries to the bedside in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation.

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Support of a Generous Community

Seattle Children’s was initially founded and run by a group of philanthropic women more than 100 years ago. Their generous spirit can be seen today in the support of thousands of donors and guild members.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation gathers this extraordinary community support and raises funds for Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

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Transforming Healthcare via Continuous Performance Improvement


Leading the Lean Healthcare Journey – a book by executive, faculty and staff leaders from Seattle Children’s Hospital and other institutions – shares stories of hard-won progress by healthcare professionals who have the willingness to look critically at their work and the tenacity to find better, less wasteful ways to deliver safe, high-quality care.

This work describes the role of leadership in continuous improvement and provides a timely look at what it takes to improve healthcare in the U.S. Editors and chapter authors Pat Hagan, former president and chief operating officer (COO); Dr. Howard Jeffries, medical director of Continuous Performance Improvement; and Joan Wellman of Joan Wellman and Associates put the book together primarily with contributions from authors throughout Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as other institutions with which Joan has worked over the last several years.

Jump Ropes to Genetics

Jump Ropes to Genetics is a book about the future of pediatric medicine from the experts at Seattle Children’s. It explores the most promising and critical areas of pediatric healthcare in the 21st century. Highlighting the work of our best and brightest physicians, the book covers topics as diverse as lifestyle, advocacy, advanced research and beyond. Get a glimpse into the groundbreaking research already taking place, and learn how – with the right investments, preventive care and a bit of good fortune – children born in the 21st century can live healthy and productive lives well into the 22nd century.