UW Medical Center Remains Washington’s No. 1 Hospital in Latest U.S. News Rankings

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UW Medical Center is ranked the No. 1 hospital in Washington state and the Seattle metro area for the ninth consecutive year in the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report.  

“I cannot think of a better recognition for the outstanding care that we continue to provide our patients,” said Cindy Hecker, chief executive officer, UW Medical Center, in an email to her team. “It is especially gratifying given the many challenges that we have faced in the past year, including our work to combine our campuses and our ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

Nine specialties ranked nationally 

UW Medical Center also had a significant increase in its overall score from the prior year's rankings. This year, nine specialties made the top 50 national rankings: 

  • Rehabilitation Medicine: No. 5 (joint program with Harborview) 
  • Cancer Care: No. 9 (joint recognition with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance) 
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology: No. 9 
  • Ear, Nose & Throat: No. 19 
  • Gynecology: No. 23 
  • Orthopedics: No. 42 (tie)* 
  • Pulmonology & Lung Surgery: No. 47 (tie)* 
  • Nephrology: No. 49* 
  • Geriatrics: No. 50 
(* = not ranked in the top 50 last year) 

In addition, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Urology all received recognition as high performing in this year’s rankings.  

U.S. News analyzes data from nearly 4,500 medical centers and survey responses from more than 30,000 physicians to rank the specialties. To be nationally ranked, a hospital must excel in caring for the sickest, most medically complex patients. This year only 134 hospitals had at least one specialty nationally ranked. No other hospital in Washington ranked nationally in any specialty. 

“To have nine specialties recognized among the nation’s very best is a testament to the excellence of our care model that integrates care with national leadership in research and education,” said Paul Ramsey, MD, CEO, UW Medicine. “These rankings show that we indeed provide a higher degree of healthcare for our patients and our community.” 

Programs received recognition as high performing 

In the ratings for common adult procedures and conditions in treating patients 65 and older, UW Medical Center received high performing in: 

  • Aortic valve surgery and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) 
  • Colon cancer surgery 
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 
  • Heart bypass surgery 
  • Heart failure 
  • Lung cancer surgery 

For the 2020-21 rankings, U.S. News evaluated the Montlake and Northwest campuses separately.  

Harborview Medical Center ranked as high performing in orthopedics, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and heart failure. Valley Medical Center ranked as high performing in heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.   

To read the media release about the rankings, please visit the UW Medicine Newsroom.  

Did You Know? 

UW Medical Center is the first hospital in the nation to receive Magnet Recognition for excellence in nursing practice. Now, 95% of all hospitals nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report have followed our lead by establishing programs in nursing excellence.