Seattle Children’s has been newly verified as a Level I Children’s Surgery Center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Seattle Children’s is the only children’s hospital in Washington, and one of only 21 in the United States, to achieve this highest level of certification for pediatric hospital surgical programs.

The Level I designation recognizes all surgical, procedural and many support programs and services at Seattle Children’s — more than 40 departments and programs in total — and represents a major accomplishment for all programs and services that interact with surgical patients.

The verification process was rigorous. Surveyors from ACS visited in March to review our surgery program’s structure, processes and clinical outcomes data in detail. Surveyors were impressed with many aspects of Seattle Children’s surgical programs, particularly the quality improvement programs and collaborative, multidisciplinary care.

The ACS Children’s Surgery Verification is a national program intended to ensure pediatric surgical patients have access to high-quality care. It defines the resources required to achieve optimal patient outcomes for children receiving surgical care at verified facilities and offers institutional verification to sites that meet the prescribed standards. The verification program classifies children’s surgery programs into Levels I, II and III (I is the highest).