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

June 02, 2010

Children’s Kidney, Cancer, Urology and Pulmonology programs recognized in nation’s top ten

U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s Hospital among the top children’s hospitals in the U.S. for the 18th consecutive year. The results were announced as part of U.S. News & World Report’s annual America’s Best Children’s Hospitals issue, on newsstands July 27. Children’s was ranked 2nd in the country for kidney disorders, 7th for cancer, 8th for urology, and 8th for pulmonology disorders.

Other Children’s programs receiving top recognition by U.S. News included neonatology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, heart, and neurology and neurosurgery. 

“We are very pleased again to be recognized among the best children’s hospitals in the nation,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, CEO at Children’s. “Our staff is continually focused on providing the highest quality of care to our patients and their families, improving outcomes, and discovering new treatments. Even in the toughest economic times, we continue to maintain our founding promise, to provide medical care to all children in our region – regardless of a family’s ability to pay.”

The methodology behind this year’s rankings weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. The hospitals were judged based on a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists about the hospitals they would recommend for the sickest children, and data gathered in a survey covering medical information ranging from surgical death rates to whether pediatric anesthesiologists and other sub specialists were on the staff. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at

Details about the 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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