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Seattle Children's
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Location Laurelhurst, Seattle,, Washington, United States
Care system Private
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Washington
Emergency department Yes
Beds 250
Speciality Pediatric hospital
Founded 1907
Website home page
Lists Hospitals in Washington

Seattle Children's, formerly Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, is a 250-bed children's hospital in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. It 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.[1] 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.[2]

In 1953, Children's moved to a new campus in Laurelhurst east of the University of Washington. Today, it is also the home of the UW Department of Pediatrics. In 2007, U.S. News and World Report named it the #8 children's hospital in the country.[3] In 2007, Child Magazine ranked it as the #15 children's hospital overall and #9 for cancer care.

Its pediatric oncology program is among the top three, and its pediatric residency program is ranked sixth. Children's serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho--the largest geographic region of any children's hospital in the country.

In December 2007, Children's purchased a seven story building in the Denny Triangle which borders downtown Seattle and South Lake Union.[4] With this purchase, Children's has acquired nearly 2 square blocks for the Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute. Children's also plans to expand their main campus to 500-600 beds.[5]

On September 15, 2008, the institution formally changed its name from Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center to Seattle Children's Hospital. The Puget Sound Business Journal reported that "...the change was to reinforce the fact that the hospital is located in Seattle and also is a major research facility." [6]


  1. ^ "Children's Orthopedic Hospital is founded in Seattle on January 4, 1907". Accessed online 3 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Laying the cornerstone of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle.". Accessed online 3 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Best Hospitals 2007 Specialty Search: Pediatrics". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Children's Hospital acquires Denny Triangle tower". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  5. ^ "Seattle Children's Master Plan Common Questions.". Accessed online 6 June 2008.
  6. ^ "Children’s Hospital changes name to Seattle Children's," Puget Sound Business Journal, September 15, 2008.

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