#1 in the Northwest, Year After Year

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For more than 25 years in a row, U.S. News & World Report has named Seattle Children’s as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals. This means your child will be cared for by the very best.

Seattle Children’s once again ranks #1 in the Northwest, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report rankings of more than 100 children’s hospitals. We are honored to be the only pediatric medical center in Washington state to be ranked.

Nationally Ranked in 10 of 10 Specialty Areas

U.S. News & World Report ranks pediatric hospitals in 10 specialty areas. Our 2018 rankings:

About the Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks hospitals on quality-related information, including hospital survival rates, nurse staffing ratios, availability of specialty care, safety and reputation. Please note that U.S. News & World Report does not survey and rank all specialties. Of the over 40 specialties provided at Seattle Children’s, the Best Children’s Hospitals survey ranks 10 total specialties.

“Having a child who is born with or develops a serious illness is one of the most difficult situations a parent can face,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “Our Best Children’s Hospitals rankings are designed with parents and young patients in mind. By having access to the most comprehensive data available to supplement guidance from their pediatrician, families are able to make better-informed decisions about where to seek high-quality care for their children.”

Visit the U.S. News & World Report website for more information about the rankings.

Learn More About Seattle Children’s Specialties

  • We treat more than 300 new patients with cancer each year, more than any other pediatric center in the region. Our 5-year survival rates are better than the national average for a wide range of cancers, and our doctors are international leaders in research to improve care and cure rates.

  • We perform heart surgeries every day – nearly 600 procedures a year – treating heart defects from mild to critical. Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric heart center in the Pacific Northwest with the depth of expertise to provide comprehensive cardiac care services for infants, children and teens – including heart transplant. From our main campus in Seattle to the Arctic Circle, our outreach program covers nearly a million square miles.

  • Our team is board-certified in pediatric endocrinology and can treat and evaluate the full range of endocrinology conditions. We provide long-term care for children and teens with diabetes and endocrine problems, such as puberty, growth and thyroid disorders.

  • We offer cutting-edge clinical expertise treating a wide variety of complex and chronic gastrointestinal and liver disorders for children and adolescents. We have the only liver transplant and small bowel transplant programs for children in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Seattle Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit offers the highest level of neonatal intensive care in Washington. It is one of only two Level IV NICUs in the state. Because we are equipped to care for the tiniest and most critically ill newborns, the Level III and other Level IV NICUs in our region send their most fragile patients to Seattle Children’s.

  • Our Nephrology team provides specialized care for kidney conditions, including the most complex disorders. We have a transplant program, as well as the only dialysis unit in the region for babies, children and teens.

  • Our neurosurgeons and neurologists use the most advanced techniques to treat children with brain and central nervous system conditions. Seattle Children’s has the Northwest’s only epilepsy program for children that is accredited level 4 by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). We are among only a handful of children’s hospitals in the country that offer laser ablation surgery. This minimally invasive procedure offers the chance for some kids who have run out of treatment options to live seizure free. We also offer the region’s only Pediatric Vascular Neurology Program to treat pediatric stroke.

  • Seattle Children’s is among the most well-rounded pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine programs in the country. Our team includes experts in:

    • Spine
    • Trauma
    • Bone and soft tissue tumors
    • Feet and ankles
    • Hands and upper extremities
    • Limb differences
    • Musculoskeletal disorders
    • Skeletal dysplasia
    • Sports medicine
    • Concussion
  • The Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Program has special clinics dedicated to treating children with cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders and asthma. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists and dietitians committed to providing your child complete and compassionate care.

  • Our experts are leaders in the treatment of common and complex conditions affecting the genitals, urinary tract and bladder. Our Differences in Sex Development Program is named a Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).