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U.S.News & World Report Ranks Children's Hospital 8th in the Nation

May 30, 2008

 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 16th 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 16th 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 June 2. Children’s was ranked 8th in the country for pediatric care, up one spot from last year’s ranking, and was the only children’s hospital in the Pacific Northwest to make the list.

In addition to the overall hospital ranking for pediatric care, Children’s ranked fifth nationally in providing care for cancer patients, eighth in neurology and neurosurgery, and ninth in respiratory disorders. The hospital also received high ranks for heart care and surgery and neonatal care.

“These rankings are due to the tremendous support of our community and the remarkable work of our physicians, nurses, researchers and many others who strive to provide excellent, family-centered care every day,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, CEO at Children’s. “We will continue to build on this strong foundation to increase the quality of patient care, improve outcomes and investigate new treatments - all in an effort to eliminate pediatric disease in children.”

America’s Best Children’s Hospitals now includes the 30-top ranked hospitals in cancer, digestive disorders, heart and heart surgery, neonatal care, neurology and neurosurgery, and respiratory disorders. The specialty rankings were based on a new methodology that weighed a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors. A detailed description of the methodology can be found online at

Ranking-eligible facilities were largely drawn from members of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) in either of two categories—a freestanding children’s hospital or a children’s “hospital within a hospital” (a large, multidisciplinary pediatric service within a medical center). In addition, several non-NACHRI members were added because of known expertise or at the recommendation of experts. Of the 143 children’s hospitals invited to complete a survey 113 responded.

Children’s is the primary pediatric teaching site for the University of Washington School of Medicine, which was ranked in the top ten among primary-care medical schools for the 14th 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

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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