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U.S.News & World Report Ranks Children's Hospital in Top 10

August 24, 2007

 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 15th consecutive year.

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 15th consecutive year. The results were announced as part of U.S.News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” issue on newsstands Aug. 27. Children’s was ranked 9th in the country, and the only children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest to make the list.

“It is an honor to be considered one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, CEO at Children’s. “Receiving this during our 100th anniversary is particularly poignant and helps recognize our commitment to provide our patients with the best care possible.”

While, in the past, pediatric hospitals have been ranked based on reputation alone in the magazine’s annual “America’s Best Hospitals” issue, this year’s children’s hospital ranking is based not only on reputation, but also on statistics about hospital performance and quality of care.

To be eligible for this year’s rankings, a medical facility had to be classified by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) as a freestanding children’s hospital or as a children’s “hospital within a hospital” - a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center. Of the 122 children’s hospitals that met this standard as of March 2007, 113 responded to a U.S.News survey asking for data and statistics on a variety of procedures such as the number of bone marrow transplants and difficult heart operations performed. Thirty of these facilities made the cut as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

“This also marks the first time Children’s is ranked among the top 10 and I believe it is due to the tremendous dedication and expertise our employees and medical staff bring to the hospital every day,” added Hansen.

Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching site for the University of Washington School of Medicine, which was ranked No. 1 among primary-care medical schools for the 13th straight year by U.S.News. The partnership between the two nationally renowned institutions draws the best and brightest physicians in the country to Seattle.

Details about the final rankings and more information about the survey methodology may be found at health.usnews.com/pediatrics.

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 http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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