Seattle Children's hospital in Seattle

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Seattle Children's
Seattle Children's hospital, 2014-10-13.jpg
LocationLaurelhurst, Seattle, Washington, United States
Care systemPrivate
Affiliated universityUniversity of Washington School of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes
SpecialityPediatric hospital
HelipadFAA LID: 0WA8
ListsHospitals in Washington

Seattle Children's, formerly Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, formerly Children's Orthopedic Hospital, is a children's hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The hospital specializes in the care of infants, children, teens, and young adults aged 0–21 in several specialties.[1][2] The hospital is also ranked #10 children's hospital nationwide by the U.S. News and World Report.


The hospital was founded as the seven-bed Children's Orthopedic Hospital in 1907 by Anna Herr Clise after her 5-year-old son, Willis, died of inflammatory rheumatism in 1898.[3] It was originally a ward of the downtown Seattle General Hospital. It moved to a cottage on Queen Anne Hill the next year, and in 1911 local luminaries including Herbert Gowen and Mark A. Matthews dedicated a full 40-bed hospital at the same location.[4][5]

The library at the hospital was founded in 1946.[6]

In 1953, Children's moved to a new campus in Laurelhurst, east of the University of Washington.

A research division, Seattle Children's Research Institute, was established in 2006.[7]

In December 2007, Seattle Children's purchased a seven-story building in the Denny Triangle, near downtown Seattle and South Lake Union.[8] With this purchase, Children's acquired nearly 2 square blocks for the research insititute.[9]

In 2008, the institution formally changed its name to Seattle Children's.[10] In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and was recognized again in 2013.[11]

In 2010, Seattle Children's opened a clinic in Bellevue, Washington.[12]

In 2011, Seattle Children's began charging an added facility charge for hospital-based clinic visits, including urgent care.[13][14]

In 2013, Seattle Children's opened a 330,000 square foot expansion at the main campus in Seattle. The expansion included a new cancer and critical care unit as well as a new emergency department with 38 exam rooms. The facility added 80 new private beds in single patient rooms. The building is expected to use 47 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than similar-sized hospitals in the region.[15]

In 2013 Seattle Children's filed a lawsuit against the Washington State Insurance commissioner for certifying insurance plans in the state's new health insurance exchange (established under the Affordable Care Act) for failing to provide coverage for the hospital; the hospital also filed an administrative appeal with the insurance commissioner's office.[16] The hospital dropped the suit and appeal in 2014 when several insurance plans covered it.[17]

In 2014, Seattle Children's received the largest donation in its history: $73.9M from Jack R. MacDonald.[18]

In 2017 the hospital had a total of 403 beds.[19]

ER entrance to Seattle Children's, on a nice day in October

In 2018, the hospital broke ground on a new 310,000-square-foot addition to the hospital. The new nine floor addition features eight new operating rooms, two cardiac catheterization labs, 20 inpatient rooms, a new outpatient clinical space for the oncology and hematology center and an outpatient infusion center. The new addition will cost around $400 million and open up in 2022.[20][21]

In November 2020, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson collaborated with Microsoft and billionaire Bill Gates to donate Xbox Series X consoles to the Seattle Children's along with 19 other children's hospitals throughout the country.[22][23][24]


In 2015 the hospital warned the public that due to its improper sterilization of surgical equipment, around 12,000 children and young adults treated there since 2010 were at risk of infection from bacteria or blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis B and C and HIV; it had issued a similar warning two years earlier.[25]

From 2001 on, it was revealed that a strain of deadly mold in the air handling systems of operating rooms (Aspergillus) was detected by hospital administrators. The mold caused 14 infections and 6 deaths.[26] In 2018 the mold was revealed and hospital staff agreed to clean up the mold. HEPA filters were installed and operating rooms were reopened in July that year.[27] In November 2019, mold allegations again resurfaced when an infant tested positive for a mold infection.[28] In early 2020, the health inspectors from the State of Washington came in and questioned hospital authorities on why HEPA filters were not installed in the ORs.[29] The mold has led to a lawsuit.[30]


In 2016, it was ranked as the 5th best children's hospital in America by U.S. News and World Report and was ranked #4 in nephrology, #6 in cancer, #5 in neonatology, #13 in gastroenterology and GI surgery, #11 in pulmonology and #9 in neurology and neurosurgery.[31]

As of 2020 Seattle Children's has placed nationally in all 10 ranked pediatric specialties on U.S. News and World Report.

U.S. News and World Report Rankings for Seattle Children's[32]
Specialty Rank (In the U.S.) Score (Out of 100)
Neonatology #14 79.3
Pediatric Cancer #11 87.9
Pediatric Cardiology & Heart Surgery #16 74.2
Pediatric Diabetes & Endocrinology #10 78.9
Pediatric Gastroenterology & GI Surgery #18 81.3
Pediatric Nephrology #8 93.2
Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery #10 87.3
Pediatric Orthopedics #17 80.0
Pediatric Pulmonology & Lung Surgery #12 78.4
Pediatric Urology #15 80.1


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  2. ^ "Inpatient Care". Seattle Children’s Hospital. Retrieved 2020-11-25.
  3. ^ "1907: The Beginning of Seattle Children's" Archived 2012-12-09 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed online 09 November 2012.
  4. ^ "Laying the cornerstone of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle." Archived 2013-12-11 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed online 3 June 2008.
  5. ^ "This Week Then: How Seattle Children's Hospital Got Its Start". Seattle Magazine. 2020-01-02. Archived from the original on 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  6. ^ American Library Directory. 2 (64th ed.). Information Today, Inc. 2011–2012. pp. 2568–2576. ISBN 978-1-57387-411-3.
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  8. ^ González, Ángel (2007-12-27). "Children's Hospital acquires Denny Triangle tower". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2007-12-27.
  9. ^ "Seattle Children's Master Plan Common Questions." Archived 2008-06-18 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed online 6 June 2008.
  10. ^ "Children’s Hospital changes name to Seattle Children's," Archived 2011-05-26 at the Wayback Machine Puget Sound Business Journal, September 15, 2008.
  11. ^ "Magnet Recognition Program". American Nurses Credentialing Center. Archived from the original on 2011-09-26. Retrieved 2015-05-24.
  12. ^ Long, Katherine (2010-06-21). "Seattle Children's hospital set to open new Bellevue clinic". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  13. ^ "Clinic and Urgent Care Facility Charges" (PDF). 20 December 2011. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 7 December 2011.
  14. ^ "About Your Bill". 20 December 2011. Archived from the original on 24 April 2018. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  15. ^ Pembroke, Meghan (2013-04-22). "Seattle Children's Hospital opens Building Hope expansion and first teen and young adult cancer unit". PR Newswire. Archived from the original on 2016-06-24. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  16. ^ Amy Snow Landa for the Seattle Times. October 4, 2013 Left off many networks, Seattle Children’s sues Archived 2014-12-18 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Lisa Stiffler for Seattle Times' Healthcare Checkup Blog. September 2, 2014 Seattle Children’s, Regence settle dispute over insurance networks Archived 2015-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "The man behind the largest charitable gift in Seattle Children's history". November 26, 2013. Archived from the original on April 24, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  19. ^ "Facts and Stats". February 1, 2018. Archived from the original on May 24, 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  20. ^ "Seattle Children's Hospital breaks ground on new building". Q13 FOX News. 2018-12-06. Archived from the original on 2020-02-03. Retrieved 2020-02-03.
  21. ^ Retrieved 2020-02-03. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ Napoli, Jessica (2020-11-23). "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson donates Xbox consoles to 20 children's hospitals". Fox News. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  23. ^ "The Rock and Microsoft team up to donate personalized Xbox consoles to hospitals - TechInSecs". OLTNEWS. 2020-11-24. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  24. ^ Dennis, Ryan (12 November 2020). "DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON SURPRISES DOZENS AT CHILDREN'S HEALTHCARE OF ATLANTA WITH XBOBX CONSOLES". oz-magazine. Retrieved 2020-12-01.
  25. ^ Sandi Doughton for the Seattle Times. August 26, 2015 Seattle Children’s warns of potential infection risk Archived 2016-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Mold found in baby's heart after surgery; family suing Seattle Children's hospital". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2020-09-26. Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  27. ^ "Seattle Children's air monitoring didn't detect mold until after patient's infection, records show". The Seattle Times. 2020-01-15. Archived from the original on 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  28. ^ "Seattle Children's used OR without HEPA filter when infant got sick, documents say". KING. Archived from the original on 2020-01-16. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  29. ^ "State questioned Seattle Children's over lack of air filter in OR". Archived from the original on 2020-03-02. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  30. ^ "Seattle Children's Hospital Kept Deadly Mold Secret Since 2005 Lawsuit Alleges". Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  31. ^ U.S. News & World Report. "Best Children's Hospitals 2015-16". Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  32. ^ "Best Children's Hospitals". U.S. News and World Report. 2020. Archived from the original on 2019-12-20.

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