The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) retains best hospital awards for patient safety, clinical research and multiple specialties and procedures/conditions.

U.S. News and World Report names UW Medical Center No. 1 Best Hospital in Washington for 7th year

Since 2012, UW Medical Center’s patient care has been ranked No. 1 in the state and Seattle metro area by U.S. News & World Report. In the most current rankings for 2018-2019, UW Medical Center is ranked among the nation's top 20 hospitals in three specialties:

Six other specialties received national rankings:

UW Medical Center ranked High Performing in multiple specialties and procedures/conditions:

  • Specialties:
  • Cardiology & Cardio Surgery
  • Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Neurology & Neuro Surgery
  • Urology
  • Procedures and Conditions:
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Colon Cancer Surgery
  • Heart Bypass Surgery
  • Heart Failure
  • Lung Cancer Surgery

Leapfrog gives UW Medical Center an "A" for patient safety

UW Medical Center has also received its fourth consecutive "A" grade for hospital safety in the spring 2018 rankings by the Leapfrog Group. Based on 30 national performance measures of patient safety that indicate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable errors, injuries and infections, UW Medical Center is in the top third of U.S. hospitals. For more information, see Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

Becker's Hospital Review recognizes UW Medical Center in top 100 Great Hospitals in America

UW Medical Center has been recognized for the fifth consecutive year by Becker’s Hospital Review in its 2018 edition of "100 great hospitals in America." Hospitals included in the list are described as "industry leaders in innovation, quality patient care and clinical research." For more information, see Becker's Hospital Review.

'Baby-Friendly' site encourages breastfeeding

UW Medical Center is the first medical center in Seattle to receive Baby-Friendly birth facility recognition.Baby-Friendly is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and it was created to encourage and recognize health-care facilities that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

This designation, based on the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding," is significant to patient care because it helps mothers and babies become more successful at breastfeeding. When hospitals practice even six or seven of the steps, mothers are six times more likely to achieve their intention to exclusively breastfeed compared to mothers who gave birth in a hospital that didn't practice these steps.

More than 19,000 health care facilities around the globe have received the Baby-Friendly designation, including 84 hospitals and birth centers in the United States.

UW Medical Center was the first recipient of the Magnet Hospital certification in 1994 and has consistently been awarded this every four years since

Nursing Magnet Award Logo 

TThe American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet designation indicates that UWMC has one of the most desirable environments for nursing practice. This strengthens our recruitment and retention of highly qualified professionals in nursing as well as in other health-care disciplines.