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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Seattle Children's One of Nation's Best

July 07, 2006

Children’s recognized as best pediatric hospital in the Northwest.

Seattle Children’s recognized as best pediatric hospital in the Northwest.

Today U.S. News & World Report magazine placed Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for the 14th consecutive year.

The results were announced as part of U.S. News & World Report’s 17th annual “America’s Best Hospitals” Index on newsstands July 10. Seattle Children’s was ranked 12th in the country, and the only children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest to make the list.

U.S. News & World Report Index rankings measure 16 specialties, including pediatrics, from 5,189 hospitals across the country. Survey results for pediatric hospitals were based on reputation alone among randomly selected physicians.

Board-certified physicians were selected from the American Medical Association’s membership of more than 860,000 doctors. Children’s score is based on the percentage of responding doctors who cited Children’s as being one of the top five pediatric hospitals in the nation.

“It is an honor to be considered one of the top children’s hospitals in the nation and is an indication of the tremendous dedication and expertise our employees and medical staff bring to the hospital every day,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, president and CEO at Children’s. “It also represents our commitment to patients and families to offer the best care possible.”

Children’s serves as the primary pediatric teaching site for the University of Washington Medical Center, which was also recognized in the listings and was ranked tenth in U.S. News & World Report’s “Honor Roll” listing, recognizing medical centers or hospitals that excel in six or more specialties.

Details about the final rankings and more information about the survey methodology may be found online.

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

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