UW Medicine Hospitals Continue to Rank Highly

​​​U.S. News & World Report's 2014-2015 Best Hospitals rankings


UW Medicine hospitals and programs ranked highly in U.S. News & World Report's 2014-2015 edition of America's Best Hospitals. In local and state rankings, University of Washington Medical Center ranked No. 1 in both Seattle and Washington. Harborview Medical Center ranked No. 3 in Seattle and No. 4 in the state. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center ranked No. 5 in Seattle and No. 7 in the state.

UW Medical Center also made the magazine's national Honor Roll and is listed as No. 11 among nearly 5,000 hospitals in the United States. It was among 144 facilities roughly 3 percent of the 4,743 analyzed for the latest Best Hospital rankings ​ to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties; three specialties were ranked in the top 10: rehabilitation (No. 4) (Note: Rehabilitation Medicine is also located at Harborview Medical Center as a joint CARF-accredited program), cancer (No. 6), and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 10). 

Below are the specialties nationally ranked for UW Medical Center, and specialties classified as high performing for UW Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Northwest Hospital & Medical Center.

UW Medical Center is nationally ranked in:

  • Cancer (​UW Medicine physicians practice at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The National Cancer Institute recognizes UW Medical Center and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center as a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.)
  • Cardiology and heart surgery
  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Gynecology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • ​Urology

Harborview Medical Center is high performing in:

  • Diabetes and endocrinology
  • Ear, nose and throat
  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • ​Geriatrics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pulmonology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Urology

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is high performing in:

  • Gastroenterology and GI surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Neurology and n​eurosurgery
  • Orthopedics
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to guide patients who need a high level of care because they face a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. To rank the best adult and children's hospitals, data from 4,743 medical centers across the country were analyzed.

As part of its method to identify the leading medical centers, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 health specialties. About 3 percent of the country's hospitals earn​ed a national ranking for at least one of these specialties, and 16 percent of hospitals were recognized among their region's best for high performance in at least one specialty.​

Objective measures such as specialty-specific patient volumes, patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nursing staffing levels, and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.​

For more information on the methodology used and the rankings, visit, www.usnews.com/besthospitals. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a research organization located in Research Triangle Park, N.C.​

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.

UW School of Medicine has been ranked the top primary-care medical school in the country in the U.S. News & World Report rankings for 2016. In addition, US. News ranks several UW Medicine teaching programs among the nation's best.

  • Family medicine (No. 1 for 24 consecutive years)
  • Rural medicine (No. 1 for 24 consecutive years)
  • AIDS
  • Pediatrics
  • Internal medicine
  • Physician assistant (MEDEX)
  • Bioengineering​