UW News

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

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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

University of Washington Medical CenterClare McLean

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

Harborview Medical CenterClare McLean

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 www.usnews.com/hospitals