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

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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