Seattle Children's

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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 School of Medicine
Emergency department Yes
Helipad FAA LID: 0WA8
Beds 250
Speciality Pediatric hospital
Founded 1907
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. Currently ranked as one of the top 10 children's hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report,[1] Children's serves as a major pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.


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.[2] 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.[3]

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, Child magazine ranked it as the #15 children's hospital overall and #9 for cancer care. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked it nationally as #4 in kidney disorders, #5 in urology, #7 in cancer, and #8 in neurology & neurosurgery.[4]

In December 2007, Children's purchased a seven-story building in the Denny Triangle, near downtown Seattle and South Lake Union.[5] With this purchase, Children's acquired nearly 2 square blocks for Seattle Children's Hospital Research Institute. Children's also plans to expand their main campus to 500-600 beds.[6]

Children's Hospital was also known as Children's Orthopedic Hospital and Medical Center (COHMC) prior to the name changes indicated below. [1]

On September 15, 2008, the institution formally changed its name from Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center to Seattle Children's. 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."[7] In 2008, the hospital was awarded Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).[8]

Seattle Children's Hospital Library and Information Commons[edit]

The library at the hospital was founded in 1946. As of 2011 it held 3500 books and subscribed to 150 periodicals. It focuses on pediatrics. Its special collections include materials on autism.[9]

Seattle Children's Hospital Facility Charge[edit]

On October 1, 2011, Seattle Children's began charging an added facility charge for hospital-based clinic visits, including urgent care. The facility charge includes costs for running the “facility” like supplies, equipment, exam rooms and other Seattle Children’s hospital staff. This charge is not applied to Medicaid, Healthy Options or Basic Health patients, or those receiving Children’s financial assistance.[10][11] Children’s does have a financial assistance program for eligible families who reside in Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana.[12]

Affordable Care Act (ACA)-related lawsuit[edit]

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.[13] The hospital dropped the suit and appeal in 2014 when several insurance plans covered it.[14]

Seattle Children's Regional Sites[edit]

In addition to the main campus hospital in Laurelhurst Seattle Children's has additional outreach locations in Washington including Bellevue, Everett, Mill Creek, Olympia, Tri-Cities and Wenatchee. These locations serve as outpatient facilities offering a subset of specialty clinics offered at the main hospital.


  1. ^ U.S. News & World Report. "Best Children’s Hospitals 2012-13". Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "1907: The Beginning of Seattle Children's". Accessed online 09 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Laying the cornerstone of the Children's Orthopedic Hospital, Seattle.". Accessed online 3 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Seattle Children's Hospital". U.S.News & World Report. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  5. ^ González, Ángel (2007-12-27). "Children's Hospital acquires Denny Triangle tower". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  6. ^ "Seattle Children's Master Plan Common Questions.". Accessed online 6 June 2008.
  7. ^ "Children’s Hospital changes name to Seattle Children's," Puget Sound Business Journal, September 15, 2008.
  8. ^ "Magnet Recognition Program". American Nurses Credentialing Center. Retrieved 2010-04-13. 
  9. ^ American Library Directory 2 (64th ed.). Information Today, Inc. 2011–2012. pp. 2568–2576. ISBN 978-1-57387-411-3. 
  10. ^ "Clinic and Urgent Care Facility Charges" (PDF). 20 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "About Your Bill". 20 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Financial Assistance". 20 December 2011. 
  13. ^ Amy Snow Landa for the Seattle Times. October 4, 2013 Left off many networks, Seattle Children’s sues
  14. ^ Lisa Stiffler for Seattle Times' Healthcare Checkup Blog. September 2, 2014 Seattle Children’s, Regence settle dispute over insurance networks

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Coordinates: 47°39′46″N 122°16′54″W / 47.66278°N 122.28167°W / 47.66278; -122.28167