Child Magazine: Children's Hospital One of Nation's Best

Extensive research reveals best pediatric hospitals in the country.

Extensive research reveals best pediatric hospitals in the country.

Child Magazine recently placed Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center amongst the nation’s top children’s hospitals for the third time. Also, Children’s oncology and orthopedics programs received special recognition as one of the best in the country. The results were announced as part of Child Magazine’s third “Best Children’s Hospitals” survey.

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. Children’s placed thirteenth overall among all U.S. children’s hospitals.

“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. “This national recognition comes as a result of our commitment to be the best children’s hospital by providing excellent care with compassion and respect and by advancing our research mission.”

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 nearly 100 hospitals based on ratings 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 received a 164-question survey in May 2004 developed by Child Magazine’s medical advisory board. The survey included questions pertaining to:

  • survival rates for childhood cancers, heart surgeries, organ transplants, and premature births
  • staff qualifications
  • nurse-to-patient ratios
  • research funding and the number of clinical trials
  • availability of playrooms, lending libraries, and activities to help a child’s hospital experience seem less frightening
  • family services like support groups and sleeping accommodations for parents.

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 or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.