Becker's Hospital Review: 100 Great Hospitals in America

UW Medical Center has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year by Becker’s Hospital Review in its 2017 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.

Leapfrog Grade "A" for Patient Safety​

UW Medical Center has also received its third consecutive "A" grade for hospital safety in the spring 2017 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.

No. 1 hospital in Seattle metro area, No. 1 in Washington

Since 2012, UW Medical Center’s patient care has been ranked No. 1 in the state and in the Seattle metro area by U.S. News & World Report. In the most current rankings, for 2016-17, UW Medical Center is ranked among the nation's top 20 hospitals in four specialties: rehabilitation (No. 4), cancer (No. 7, provided jointly with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance), ear, nose and throat (No. 16), and geriatrics (No. 20).

UW Medical Center received a national “high performing” designation in these specific conditions and procedures:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair
  • Aortic valve surgery
  • Heart-bypass surgery
  • Heart failure
  • Colon cancer surgery
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Knee replacement
  • Lung cancer surgery

'Baby-Friendly' site encourages breastfeeding

UW Medical Center has been designated as a Baby-Friendly birth facility. It is the first medical center in Seattle to receive this recognition.

Baby-Friendly is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) 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. 

First six-time recipient of Magnet Hospital certification

Nursing Magnet Award Logo 

The 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. UWMC was the first hospital to receive this honor in 1994 in recognition of excellence in nursing and has received it every four years since. Read more about UWMC's Magnet designation here.