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Founded in 1907, Seattle Children's Hospital provides excellent patient care with compassion and respect, and conducts leading-edge pediatric research. The hospital also serves as an educational resource for patients, families and healthcare professionals.

Ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children's serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.


In addition to nearly 60 subspecialty areas from adolescent medicine to virology, Children's provides comprehensive care through day surgery, outpatient clinics, 24-hour emergency services and urgent after-hours care.

Networks of regional critical care ground and air transport bring patients to Children's from community hospitals located throughout the region. The hospital services also include childcare, social work, pastoral care, interpreter services, respiratory therapy, nutritional care, occupational therapy, speech therapy and physical therapy.

Children's uses a modified version of Toyota Lean Process Improvement called Continuous Performance Improvement (CPI) to evaluate and improve healthcare from the patient and family point of view. Our work is about improving the quality of our care and service, our cost-effectiveness and financial strength, access to specialists, the safety of our environment and the engagement of our people.

As the primary pediatric training site for the University of Washington School of Medicine, Children's provides broad clinical experiences for more than 683 residents and fellows each year.

Through work at Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute and partnerships with the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Children's is at the forefront of leading-edge pediatric treatment, prevention and research.

Our Mission

We believe all children have unique needs and should grow up without illness or injury. With the support of the community and through our spirit of inquiry, we will prevent, treat, and eliminate pediatric disease.


Seattle Children's celebrated its centennial in 2007. Read more about our history.

Key Facts and Statistics

Seattle Children's is the pediatric and adolescent referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Founded in 1907, we deliver superior patient care and advance new treatment through pediatric research. View our Facts and Stats page.


In June 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s Hospital among the nation’s top children’s hospitals for the 20th consecutive year. Children’s ranked 6th in this year’s honor roll – meaning it’s the 6th highest ranked children’s hospital in the nation – the hospital’s highest ranking yet. Last year Children’s ranked 7th. Children’s was also 3rd in the country for its nephrology program, 5th for urology, 7th for cancer and 8th for neurology/neurosurgery. Other Children’s programs receiving top recognition by U.S. News included cardiology/heart surgery, pulmonary, orthopedics, neonatology, gastroenterology and diabetes/endocrinology.

Children's is home to the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, the nation's first center devoted exclusively to pediatric bioethics.

In 2007, Children's was named Large Non-Profit Employer of the Year by the Washington state Governor's Committee on Disability Issues and Employment.


Children's, the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington form the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).

Children's is a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI).

Continuous Growth

In 2007, Children's announced plans to expand facilities on the main campus. The expansion, which includes increasing inpatient beds, will meet the region's growing demand for Children's services while ensuring we continue to provide safe quality care in a healing environment. For more information, please visit the website.

Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute opened in Fall 2006 with nine research centers:

  • Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research
  • Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Research
  • Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine
  • Center for Developmental Therapeutics
  • Center for Genetics and Development
  • Center for Global Infectious Disease Research
  • Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies
  • Center for Integrative Brain Research

Seattle Children's also announced and developed a new initiative in 2008, forming the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS). The mission is to lead a collaborative, global effort to increase awareness and accelerate innovative research and interventions that will improve maternal, newborn and child health outcomes. The alliance includes international stakeholders in maternal, newborn and child health.

Recent Research Accomplishments

As one of the nation’s top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children's Research Institute is dedicated to making breakthrough discoveries that help prevent, treat and cure childhood disease.

The research institute attracts the world's best pediatric physicians and scientists. Over 250 investigators are supported by nearly $53 million in federal grants for fiscal year 2010. The almost 1,000 faculty and staff conduct research in 300,000 square feet of laboratory and support space and the institute has acquired 2 million square feet of developable space devoted specifically to growing our research programs in the coming years.

Our location in downtown Seattle puts us close to other biotech leaders as well as our partners, the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Our scientists work in interdisciplinary research centers where they have pioneered groundbreaking cystic fibrosis treatments and cutting-edge cancer therapies that help a child’s immune system defeat cancer, and made other major contributions to pediatric medicine.

View featured research findings.

Family-Centered Care

When a child is hospitalized, the whole family is affected. Our patient care units include amenities to help reduce the inevitable stress of a hospitalization by providing private spaces on each floor for parents to meet with doctors or family members and pull-out couches in each room.

The Family Resource Center provides information and support for patients, families, staff and the community. Child health information is available on specific illnesses and conditions, parenting, growth and development, grief and loss and safety.

Services and facilities are free and include parent massage, vending area with coffee and tea, computers with Internet access, phones, fax, lockers, showers and laundry.

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