UW Medicine Hospitals Ranked among Nation's Best

Honor Roll Status a Rare Achievement in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 Best Hospitals rankings

UW Medicine hospitals and programs ranked among the top hospitals in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's 2011-12 edition of America's Best Hospitals. UW Medical Center was also listed in the report's Best Hospital Honor Roll, a place reserved for medical centers that demonstrate unusually high expertise across multiple specialties.

Each year since the rankings began in 1990, UW Medical Center has earned U.S. News' Honor Roll status for excellence in specialty care. Of 4,825 hospitals evaluated for this year's report, only 140 performed well enough to rank in just one specialty. Of those 140 hospitals, a mere 17 qualified for a spot on the Honor Roll by ranking at or near the top in six or more specialties.

UW Medicine programs at UW Medical Center and Harborview were nationally ranked in the following specialties:

  • Rehabilitation (3)
  • Cancer (6) (UW Medicine physicians practice at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
  • Diabetes and endocrinology (10)
  • Nephrology (11)
  • Orthopaedics (11-Harborview, 17-UW Medical Center)
  • Ear, nose and throat (12)
  • Neurology/neurosurgery (15)
  • Pulmonology (17-UW Medical Center, 47-Harborview)
  • Geriatrics (20)
  • Gynecology (28)
  • Urology (29)

The recent Best Hospitals rankings included metropolitan area rankings. Out of 35 hospitals in the Seattle/Bellevue/Tacoma metro area, UW Medicine's four hospitals all ranked in the top 10.

No. 1: UW Medical Center
No. 2: Harborview Medical Center
No. 6: Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center

Rankings in 12 of the 16 specialties for the best hospitals list were driven by data such as number of patients, ratio of nurses to patients and death rates. In the four remaining specialties - ophthalmology, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology - hospitals were ranked on reputation alone.

For more information on the methodology used and the rankings, visit, www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The 2011-12 U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, will be available for purchase at newsstands beginning Tuesday, August 30.

UW Medicine trains health professionals and medical scientists, conducts research to improve health and prevent disease worldwide, and provides primary and specialty care to patients throughout Seattle/King County and the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. UW Medicine has major academic and service affiliations with Seattle Children's Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Veteran's Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

The UW School of Medicine has been ranked first in the nation in primary-care training for the past 18 years by U.S. News & World Report. It is the top public institution for receipt of biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and second among all institutions for NIH funding, public and private. UW Medicine’s 2,000 full-time faculty and nearly 5,000 volunteer and part-time faculty include 3 living Nobel Laureates (5 in its  history), 33 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 35 members of the Institute of Medicine.