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Children's Hospital Ranks in Top Three of Nation's Children's Hospitals

January 10, 2001

Seattle, WA Child Magazine today announced the results of their 10 Best Hospitals survey.

Seattle, WA Child Magazine today announced the results of their 10 Best Hospitals survey. The survey revealed the names of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the country and Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle was ranked in the top three. “It is extremely gratifying to be recognized in this way and really is a testament to the wonderful team of employees, physicians, nurses, volunteers, trustees among others who make Children’s the special place that it is,” says Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children’s.

“Our survey provides parents with a list of hospitals that conduct cutting-edge research in children’s health, and offer exceptional medical care in a sensitive kid- and family-friendly environment,” said Miriam Arond, editor-in-chief of Child Magazine. The survey which is based on hard data, rather than subjective opinions, calculated results according to criteria including the quality of doctors and nurses, survival rates for common childhood cancers and the amount of government research funding the hospital receives.

“This is a tremendous validation of the breadth of our clinical and research programs, our dedication to educational excellence and to the extraordinary support of our community,” said Dr. Richard Molteni, medical director of Children’s. “Our families have recognized the quality of our comprehensive and caring services for almost a century and we are honored that this recognition is now occurring on a national level.”

Child Magazine’s research began with 178 hospitals that are members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. The field was then narrowed to 50 by reviewing their evaluation from the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, an independent agency that subjects institutions to a rigorous three-day examination of their treatment protocols, record keeping, dispensing of medication, and dozens of other crucial areas.

The fifty finalists were then sent a comprehensive 42-question survey developed by Child magazine’s medical advisory board. The survey addressed crucial issues ranging from cancer survival rates to the extent of the hospital’s child life programs for the emotional needs of patients. Child’s medical advisory board reviewed and evaluated the survey results.

In addition to evaluated hospitals, Child Magazine’s survey also included outstanding doctors who have made a difference in their fields. Dr. Bonnie Ramsey, M.D., a national leader in the fight against cystic fibrosis, was one of the doctors identified making a difference in their field. Dr. Ramsey is professor and vice chair of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Cystic Fibrosis and Gene Therapy Research Program at Children’s and University of Washington Medical School.

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 http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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