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UW Medicine Valley Medical Center Ranks #4 in Best Hospital Rankings

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Valley Medical Center Ranks No. 4 in Seattle Area in U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals Rankings

RENTON, WA – July 25, 2012 U.S. News & World Report has released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. Valley Medical Center is recognized among the Best Hospitals in the Puget Sound, ranking as No. 4 out of 35 hospitals in the Seattle metro area and No. 7 in Washington state out of more than 100 hospitals. Valley Medical Center is also ranked as a high-performing hospital in orthopedics, and diabetes and endocrinology. 

This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. 

"We are very proud of our ranking by U.S. News & World Report, and also UW Medical Center’s ranking as No. 1 in the region and in the state of Washington,” said Rich Roodman, Valley Medical Center CEO. "Improving the health of our community is our collective mission and it’s gratifying to be recognized for our work.” 

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. "All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.” 

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August. 

UW Medicine’s two academic medical centers are ranked the best in the region and the state of Washington in U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 edition of America’s Best Hospitals. UW Medical Center holds the No. 1 rank and Harborview Medical Center is No. 2 out of 35 hospitals in the Seattle metropolitan area and more than 100 hospitals in the state. 

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.


About Valley Medical Center

Established in 1947, Valley Medical Center (VMC) is a public district hospital located in southeast King County. This 303-bed acute care hospital and clinic network is committed to providing safe, quality compassionate care for every patient, regardless of race, color, national origin, culture, language, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, or disability. As winner of numerous HealthGrades awards for orthopedic and spine surgery, including being ranked #1 in Washington state for joint replacement, VMC also provides outstanding care for heart and stroke patients. VMC provides primary, specialty and urgent care access through an extensive network of neighborhood clinics. VMC’s specialty programs include a Neonatal ICU, Level III Trauma Center, joint replacement and orthopedics--as well as numerous other specialties including cardiology, critical care, cancer treatment, sleep medicine and wound care.

For more than ten years Valley Medical Center has received numerous "Best Workplace” recognitions by regional publications, including Seattle magazine ranking VMC the #1 non-profit in the state for 2011. VMC is also the only healthcare network to be included in Modern Healthcare magazines annual "Best Places to Work in Healthcare” in the nation for four consecutive years.

Valley Medical Center is a component entity of UW Medicine, which includes Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.

For more information please visit valleymed.org.

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