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Original Release 3/29/2011
Media Contact: Leila Gray,

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center named one of best hospitals in greater Seattle in U.S. News & World Report metro area rankings

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 Reportís 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.

UW Medical Center has already been identified as consistently among the leading hospitals in the country in the Honor Roll of Americaís Best Hospitals in U.S. News & World Report national rankings, which have been conducted annually for more than 20 years. The national rankings were created to recognize hospitals exceptionally skilled in handling the most difficult cases.

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 health-care 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.

"UW Medicine is pleased to have all three hospitals in our health system -- UW Medical Center, Harborview and Northwest Hospital -- recognized in the top ten, in addition to UW Medical Centerís receipt of the No. 1 hospital designation in the region for excellence in patient care," said Johnese Spisso, Chief Health System Officer, UW Medicine, and Vice President of Medical Affairs, UW. "This complements our national rankings in leading edge, advanced specialty care. The physicians and staff in our hospitals have an exceptional commitment to patient safety and quality, and work diligently to place the needs of our patients first."

To be ranked in a metro area, a hospital had to score in the top 25 percent among its peers nationally in at least one of 16 medical specialties. Nationally, UW Medical Center ranks among the nationís best in 13 of these specialties, and as high performing in two of the remaining three specialties.

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 Ė 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

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