March 29, 2011

University of Washington Medical Center named best hospital in greater Seattle in U.S. News & World Report metro area rankings

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U.S. News Metro area hospital rankings

How rankings were determined

UW Medicine

University of Washington Medical Center has been named the No. 1 hospital in the greater Seattle/Puget Sound region in the U.S. News & World Reports first-ever Best Hospitals Metro Area rankings. Two other hospitals in the UW Medicine health system also ranked in the top 10: Harborview Medical Center ranked No. 3, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center tied for No. 8.

University of Washington Medical Center

Clare McLean

University of Washington Medical Center

The new metro area rankings were created this year to be relevant to a wider range of health-care consumers. The metro rankings are aimed at people whose own healthcare may not demand highly specialized services, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The metro rankings are a guide for people seeking overall excellence in every aspect of their care. This includes first-rate prevention and care for common conditions, but also the peace of mind of having top-notch, highly specialized treatment in case they do develop a serious condition or need demanding procedures.

“The new best hospitals metro rankings can tell you which hospitals are worth considering for most medical problems if you live in or near a major metro area,” says U.S. News & World Report health rankings editor Avery Comarow.

Harborview Medical Center

Clare McLean

Harborview Medical Center

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center





The U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals in the Seattle Metro Area are:

    1.            University of Washington Medical Center

    2.            Virginia Mason Medical Center

    3.            Harborview Medical Center

    4.            Swedish Medical Center – Cherry Hill

    5.            Swedish Medical Center – First Hill

    5.            Tacoma General Hospital

    5.            Valley Medical Center

    8.            Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

    8.            Providence Everett Medical Center

    8.            Stevens Healthcare

The full-list of Metro area rankings across the country will be available online March 29 at