Jennifer Galactica (habituallydaft) wrote in uw,
Jennifer Galactica

uw med center kudos and the passing of the first full-fledged female prof of the uw

i was bored so i decided to brows the site:

Jul. 2, 2004
UW Medical Center ranked ninth among nation's Best Hospitals

FROM:Craig Degginger 206-543-3620

University of Washington Medical Center has moved up one place in its ranking among the premier hospitals in the country, according to U.S.News & World Report's 2004 annual guide to "America's Best Hospitals," which will be updated in its July 12 issue, available July 5.

UW Medical Center was ranked ninth in the nation among the 2,113 major medical centers considered in this year's survey, tied with New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Last year, UWMC was ranked 10th. UW Medical Center has been consistently ranked among the top hospitals nationally by U.S. News since 1993, and has moved up the Honor Roll during the past six years from 14th to ninth.

In specialty rankings, 12 UW Medical Center programs are now ranked among the top 20 in the country. UWMC ranked among the leading programs nationwide in hormonal disorders (7); orthopaedics (9); cancer (10); digestive disorders (10); ear, nose and throat (12); respiratory disorders (14); kidney disease (16); neurology and neurosurgery (17); rheumatology (18) and gynecology, (20). The urology program was ranked 27th.

The rehabilitation program, which is based at both UW Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, is now ranked second in the nation. Geriatrics, also based at both hospitals, ranked 10th.

Harborview, which is owned by King County and operated by the University of Washington, ranked 16th in orthopaedics.

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, which is closely affiliated with the UW School of Medicine, ranked 16th in pediatrics.

"We are honored to have UW Medical Center selected again as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation," said Kathleen Sellick, UWMC executive director. "I am very proud of our physician faculty, nurses and staff and the outstanding care which they provide every day for our patients. We are grateful that these renowned services can be available to the entire region."

"It is a tribute to our doctors and nurses that they can achieve this level of clinical care quality while maintaining nationally recognized research and teaching programs. Attaining excellence in any one of these areas is noteworthy -- that our team excels in all of these is remarkable," said Dr. Ed Walker, UWMC medical director.

For 12 of the 17 specialties ranked, U.S. News, in conjunction with the National Opinion Research Center, evaluated hospitals using a mathematical model combining reputation among board-certified specialists, death rate statistics, and other medical data such as the various medical technologies available.

In the other five specialties -- ophthalmology, pediatrics, psychiatry, rehabilitation and rheumatology -- rankings were based on a reputational survey of physicians.

For the first time, the survey methodology included whether a facility is designated as a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurse Credentialing Center for meeting high standards of nursing excellence. UW Medical Center was the first in the nation to be designated a Magnet Hospital in 1994 and the first to receive the honor three times.

Besides UW Medical Center, U.S. News' Honor Roll of the nation's best hospitals includes Johns Hopkins Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, Duke University Medical Center, University of California San Francisco Medical Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, New York Presbyterian Hospital, University of Michigan Medical Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

For more information on the rankings, go to

UW Medicine includes UW Medical Center, the School of Medicine, Harborview Medical Center, UW Physicians, UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, and the UW's involvement in the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. UW Medicine has major academic and service affiliations with Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Centers in Seattle and Boise. U.S.News & World Report has ranked the School of Medicine as the nation's top primary-care medical school for 11 consecutive years. It is the second-largest recipient of funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine has among its 1,600 regular faculty four Nobel Laureates, 26 members of the National Academy of Sciences, and 26 members of the Institute of Medicine. For more information about UW Medicine, visit


Tuesday, July 27, 2004

University of Washington's 'Slug Lady' dies at 85


University of Washington zoologist Dr. Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen had a passion for research, education, equity -- and slugs.

"Isn't it just marvelous?" was how Deyrup-Olsen described much of life. The slug physiologist, women's studies advocate and highly regarded UW teacher died in Seattle Sunday from cancer at the age of 85.

"She was a contagiously positive person," said Thomas Daniel, chairman of the UW Zoology Department. In addition to her recognized accomplishments as a scientist, Daniel said, Deyrup-Olsen did much to open the doors of academia wider for women -- in science and in general.

"Her work behind the scenes to support women and ethnic minorities in this university was equally exemplar," said Angela Ginorio, a UW professor of women studies.

Born in Englewood, N.J., Deyrup-Olsen earned a bachelor's degree in zoology at Barnard College. She earned a doctorate in physiology from Columbia University in 1944 and became an instructor there before coming to the UW in 1964.

Popularly known as the "slug lady," Deyrup-Olsen focused on how slugs use mucus in transportation. Most scientists dismissed slug slime as fairly simple, chaotic goo. Deyrup-Olsen showed that, in fact, slugs produce a highly organized polymer that goes through sophisticated molecular changes in response to environmental stimuli.

Her research findings, which won her many scientific awards such as Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships, had implications well beyond slug motion. The basic biochemistry she described provided insights into many other arenas, including better understanding of the chemistry behind mucus buildup in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis.

But Deyrup-Olsen did much more than earn herself scientific kudos. The UW zoologist started the UW's Master of Science for Biology Teachers program aimed at improving the teaching of science in secondary schools, and she worked toward the same end nationally with the National Science Foundation.

Daniel said she may have been the first woman to become a full professor at the UW. He said she used her professional distinction -- and talent for positive encouragement -- to expand educational and research opportunities for women in academia and launch the university's women studies program.

Deyrup-Olsen was a role model for both students and other educators, Daniel said. She was awarded the UW's Distinguished Teaching award in 1988.

Deyrup-Olsen was married to Sigurd Olsen, a UW fisheries biologist who died in 1980. Deyrup-Olsen created the Sigurd Olsen-endowed scholarship for undergraduate science students at the UW. The couple had no children and no surviving relatives, according to Daniel.

A memorial service has not been scheduled. For donations in honor of Deyrup-Olsen's memory or for more information, please contact the UW Biology Department at (206) 543-1620 or by mail at UW Biology Department, Seattle, Wash., 98195.
P-I reporter Tom Paulson can be reached at 206-448-8318 or
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