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Editor-in-chief of Child Magazine Miriam Arond Speaks at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center Guild Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon

March 13, 2001

Seattle, WA – Children’s Hospital was recently ranked in the top three of pediatric hospitals in the country in the February issue of Child magazine.

Seattle, WA – Children’s Hospital was recently ranked in the top three of pediatric hospitals in the country in the February issue of Child magazine. Editor-in-chief, Miriam Arond, will address 700 Children’s supporters about why the hospital is considered one of the best in the country and why this is relevant to young patients and their families.

“Child wanted to recognize those Children’s Hospitals that are shining examples of making a young person’s stay a healing experience – from both a physical and emotional perspective. We applaud Seattle Children’s Hospital for the caring, comprehensive, empowering care that it provides for children and their families,” said Miriam Arond.

The survey provided 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. It revealed the names of the 10 best children’s hospitals in the country and Children’s 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 staff, physicians, volunteers, trustees and many others who make Children’s the special place that it is,” says Treuman Katz, President and CEO of Children’s.

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 tracking down 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’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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