At Seattle Children’s Heart Center, our outcomes are among the best in the nation for simple to complex heart procedures and transplants for children. Our heart surgeons perform more pediatric cardiac procedures than any other providers in the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region.

Heart Center Volumes and Survival Rates

We treat the entire range of pediatric heart conditions – from the most common to the most complex and rare. We only treat babies, children, teens and young adults. This means we bring years of experience to your child’s unique situation.

Seattle Children’s Heart Center is the largest pediatric heart program in the WWAMI region. 

Total number of heart surgeries, 2014 to 2018

2,890

Total number (volume) of Heart Center surgeries by fiscal year

This chart shows that the Heart Center team performed 590 surgeries in 2018. Read more about Seattle Children’s Heart Surgery Program.

590
2018
578
2017
582
2016
565
2015
575
2014

Number of surgeries and 30-day survival rate

This table shows:

  • The number (volume) of each type of complex heart surgery performed at Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • The number of patients who survived more than 30 days after surgery (outcome). “30-day survival” is the measurement for success used by hospitals throughout the nation. Using this measurement allows you to compare us with other hospitals.
  • 2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    24
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    29
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    25
    Number of surgeries
  • 2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    23
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    21
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    21
    Number of surgeries
  • Norwood

    2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    13
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    13
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    94.4%
    30-day survival rate
    18
    Number of surgeries

    Fontan

    2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    14
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    16
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    19
    Number of surgeries

    Glenn

    2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    9
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    10
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    12
    Number of surgeries
  • 2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    27
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    97.2%
    30-day survival rate
    36
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    22
    Number of surgeries
  • 2018
    67%
    30-day survival rate
    3
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    2
    Numbers of surgeries
    2016
    66.7%
    30-day survival rate
    3
    Number of surgeries
  • 2018
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    59
    Number of surgeries
    2017
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    45
    Number of surgeries
    2016
    100%
    30-day survival rate
    44
    Number of surgeries

Cardiac catheterization lab volume, 2018

820

In 2017, we completed 799 procedures in the cardiac catheterization labs at Seattle Children’s. Our catheterization laboratory is the largest of its kind in the region. Read more about cardiac catheterization at Seattle Children's.

Heart Transplant Volumes and Survival Rates

Total number of heart transplants, October 1994 to December 2018

217

Heart transplant volumes by year, 2014 to 2018

This chart shows that the Heart Center team performed 23 transplants in 2018. Read more about Seattle Children’s Heart Transplant Program.

23
2018
13
2017
16
2016
24
2015
17
2014

Pediatric heart transplant survival rates

This table compares survival rates at Seattle Children’s with the national average for pediatric patients. Pediatric patients are children who are not yet 18 years old when they are put on the transplant waitlist.

Seattle Children’s 1- and 3-year pediatric survival rates are among the best in the nation. Read more.

  • 93.33%
    Seattle Children’s 1-year patient survival
    95.06%
    National average 1-year patient survival
    30
    Number of patients transplanted at Seattle Children's
  • 91.43%
    Seattle Children’s 1-year graft survival
    93.26%
    National average 1-year graft survival
    35
    Number of grafts transplanted at Seattle Children's
  • 97.78%
    Seattle Children’s 3-year patient survival
    88.83%
    National average 3-year patient survival
    45
    Number of patients transplanted at Seattle Children's
  • 97.83%
    Seattle Children’s 3-year graft survival
    87.81%
    National average 3-year graft survival
    46
    Number of grafts transplanted at Seattle Children's

These data are for transplants performed in the following periods:  

  • 1-year survival: July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2017 
  • 3-year survival: January 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015

Transplant data updated May 2019.

Prenatal Diagnosis Volumes and Accuracy

This table shows the number of prenatal heart exams we did in each of the previous 3 years. It also shows how accurate we are in making the diagnosis during pregnancy. Some things cannot be detected before birth due to the differences between blood circulation during pregnancy and after birth.

2018
1,064
Number of prenatal evaluations
99.6%
Accuracy
2017
870
Number of prenatal evaluations
98.8%
Accuracy
2016
777
Number of prenatal evaluations
99%
Accuracy

Where does this information come from?

These statistics and outcomes reflect national metrics reported to the National Quality Forum, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) and the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Talk with your child’s doctor or contact the Heart Center at 206-987-2015.

Statistics and Outcomes: What do they mean?

Statistics, outcomes, volumes, survival rates – these numbers may seem overwhelming at first, but they can help you choose the best place for your child’s care.

Updated June 2019.