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Child Magazine Names Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center One of Nation's Top Ten Children's Hospitals

January 08, 2003

Extensive research reveals best pediatric hospitals in the country.

Extensive research reveals best pediatric hospitals in the country.

Seattle, Wash.: Child Magazine recently placed Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center amongst the nation’s top ten children’s hospitals for the second time. Also, Children’s oncology unit received special recognition as the third best in the country, behind only the children’s hospitals in Boston and Philadelphia. The results were announced as part of Child Magazine’s second “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.

“More than 8 million children seek care at pediatric institutions every year, and parents want to know where the best possible care is available,” said Miriam Arond, Child Magazine’s editor in chief. “In order to identify these top children’s hospitals, we followed a comprehensive and rigorous methodology - that was even tougher than the previous survey - and examined criteria such as survival rates, staff qualifications, Child Life programs, safety issues and much more.”

The survey 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. There are five new hospitals in the top ten, replacing five of the previously ranked top ten hospitals. Children’s placed ninth overall.

“This survey officially recognizes what our families and patients see every day: Children’s team of physicians, nurses, and many others working together to provide first-rate, family-centered medical care,” said Treuman Katz, president and CEO of Children’s. “Children’s earned this national honor through our commitment to achieving the best possible patient outcomes, advancing our research and education goals, and providing care in a child-friendly and compassionate way. ”

Child Magazine’s research began with member hospitals of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. The field was then narrowed to 54 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 finalists were then sent a comprehensive, 72-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 then reviewed and evaluated the survey results.

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle 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, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle 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 www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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