Welcome to the 2016 Academic Annual Report

AAR_2016_Welcome_LetterSeattle Children’s has never been better positioned as an organization. In 2016, we received our highest ranking ever – No. 5 among the nation’s children’s hospitals – from U.S. News & World Report. Our Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington is also No. 5 in the nation, and our Pediatric Residency Program is No. 4. Forbes magazine ranked us No. 10 on its list of America’s Best Employers. Our faculty and staff are recognized for providing compassionate care and conducting life-changing research. And we recently kicked off a facilities expansion effort to increase our ambulatory, inpatient and research space within the next few years.

Our work today rests on the shoulders of the leaders, physicians, scientists and staff who have guided us for 110 years. Our work today simply would not be possible without their vision and guidance. In 2016, we refreshed our mission and vision statements and introduced a strategic plan to address the needs of a new era, one that will be defined by population-based coordinated care to keep kids healthier; research to develop new cures; and translational science to bring truly innovative treatments to market.

Other highlights of the past year include:

  • Pulmonologist Dr. Bonnie Ramsey’s election to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for her outstanding record of scientific achievement.
  • Neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Browd’s UW Medicine Inventor of the Year Award, shared with two UW colleagues for their research leading to a football helmet design that mitigates the forces thought to contribute to concussions.
  • Seattle Children’s ranking among the top 10 on the Women’s Choice Award list for children’s hospitals.
  • Marking the 50th anniversary of Stanley Stamm Summer Camp, a weeklong experience developed by Seattle Children’s heart specialist Dr. Stanley Stamm to give children with complex medical needs the chance to enjoy typical summer camp activities.
  • Receiving the Cornerstone Award from Year Up, a one-year program that provides IT internships to low-income young adults.

We also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Seattle Children’s Research Institute last fall. Though research has always been part of our work, it wasn’t until 2006 that we formally created the institute – and the breadth and depth of the research we are now engaged in is astounding. In just 10 short years we became one of the nation’s top 5 pediatric research institutes as measured by National Institutes of Health funding. This success has laid the foundation for the next generation of cures through our ongoing investments – including our latest facility, Building Cure, which will dramatically increase our research capacity when it is completed in 2019. Most importantly, our commitment to invest in research and our researchers allows us to attract and retain the very best talent while focusing on moving hope, care and cures forward every day.

We hope you enjoy reading about some of our research and clinical highlights of the past year.

Warm regards,

Jeff Sperring, MD
Chief Executive Officer, Seattle Children’s

F. Bruder Stapleton, MD
Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer, Seattle Children’s
Chair, Department of Pediatrics, UW School of Medicine