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Seattle Children’s Ranks Among Top Children’s Hospitals, According to U.S. News & World Report

July 5, 2023

We’re honored to share that U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) has again named Seattle Children’s among the best children’s hospitals in the nation for 2023–2024. USNWR has recognized Seattle Children’s as a top children’s hospital every year since it began ranking medical facilities more than 30 years ago.

Seattle Children’s is the top pediatric hospital in Washington and the Pacific Northwest and ranked third by USNWR in the Pacific region, which includes Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii.

“It’s an honor to work with such phenomenal teams of providers and staff who are laser focused on providing the highest quality of safe and equitable care for our patients and families,” said Dr. Ruth McDonald, vice president and associate chief medical officer (hospital operations).  “It is through their dedication that Seattle Children’s is again recognized by USNWR as a leader in pediatric health care.”

USNWR ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals in 10 specialty areas. For more than a decade, Seattle Children’s has been nationally ranked in every area, and for 2023, 4 specialties are in the top 10:

  • Urology: #5
  • Pulmonology: #7
  • Nephrology: #8
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery: #9
  • Cancer: #13
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery: #18
  • Cardiology and Heart Surgery: #19
  • Neonatal Care: #25
  • Diabetes and Endocrine Disorders: #20
  • Orthopedics: #37

“Our rankings — which we’re thrilled are continuing to rise — reflect the outstanding care we provide for our patients. To be recognized once again this year as a top pediatric hospital is a tribute to the commitment and expertise of our outstanding health care providers and staff,” said Dr. Paul Sharek, vice president, chief quality and safety officer and associate chief medical officer (quality/safety).

The 2023–2024 rankings were created from data collected through a clinical survey sent to nearly 200 hospitals and a peer reputation survey sent to thousands of pediatric doctors nationwide. Although there are many pediatric specialties, USNWR only ranks 10 of them. Eighty-eight of the 199 surveyed hospitals ranked in the top 50 in at least one specialty.

USNWR is the most comprehensive source of quality-related information on pediatric hospitals in the United States. The Best Children’s Hospitals methodology is based on objective measures such as patient outcomes, including mortality and infection rates, as well as available clinical resources, compliance with best practices and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Rankings also factor in each specialty’s reputation, as assessed by thousands of pediatric specialists at peer institutions around the country.