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Highlights | “Best Hospital” Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

  • UW Medical Center was again ranked the No. 1 best hospital in Washington state and the Seattle metro area.
  • UW Medical Center is Washington state’s only hospital nationally ranked in seven specialties.
  • Harborview Medical Center and Valley Medical Center also received recognition.

The annual “Best Hospitals” rankings by U.S. News & World Report are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or common elective procedures.

UW Medical Center was once again ranked the No. 1 hospital in Washington state and the Seattle metro area for 2022-2023, marking 11 consecutive years UW Medical Center has earned this distinction.

“Our U.S. News rankings highlight the outstanding work of UW Medicine’s 39,000-plus faculty, staff, students and trainees in support of our mission to improve the health of the public,” says Tim Dellit, MD, interim CEO of UW Medicine and interim dean of the UW School of Medicine. “We are dedicated to offering patients high quality care and making important discoveries that lead to new approaches for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of human disease.”

National rankings by specialty

Several of UW Medical Center’s adult specialties ranked in the top 50 nationally:

  • No. 5 Rehabilitation
  • No. 7 Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • No. 24 Ear, Nose & Throat
  • No. 26 Urology
  • No. 27 Cancer with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (formerly Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
  • No. 35 Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • No. 47 Orthopedics

And the hospital was rated high performing in four specialties:

  • Gastroenterology & GI surgery
  • Geriatrics
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pulmonology & Lung surgery

High-performing hospitals in these specialties scored high enough to put them in the top 10% of the centers analyzed by U.S. News.

Harborview Medical Center ranked No. 22 in the nation for Rehabilitation and high performing in Orthopedics.

“Congratulations to all of the clinicians and staff at UW Medicine on these prestigious local and national rankings,” says Lisa Brandenburg, president of UW Medicine Hospitals & Clinics. “Despite facing many new and difficult challenges since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they continue to provide our patients and their families with a range of services to lead healthier lives, from primary and preventive care, in person and by telemedicine, to elective procedures and highly specialized treatments for the most complex medical conditions.”

Common procedures and conditions rankings

U.S. News also rates hospitals on 20 relatively common adult procedures and conditions to provide consumers with information related to more routine inpatient care. For these ratings, UW Medicine hospitals received high performing (the highest rating) in the following:

UW Medical Center (with 16 high performing ratings): aortic valve surgery, back surgery (spinal fusion), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure, hip fracture, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery, ovarian cancer surgery, pneumonia, prostate cancer surgery and stroke.

Valley Medical Center (with six high performing ratings): heart attack, heart failure, hip replacement, kidney failure, knee replacement and stroke.

Harborview Medical Center (with four high performing ratings): abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia and stroke.

About the 2022-2023 rankings

For the 2022-2023 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 hospitals across 15 specialties and 20 procedures and conditions. Of the 15 specialties, 164 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. State and metro area rankings reflect the highest performing hospitals in the area across multiple areas of care.