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

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

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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