Over the years, Marketing and Communications has developed a preferred style for the punctuation and use of many titles and terms used throughout Seattle Children’s. In conjunction with our preferred style, we use the Associated Press style, which is considered the authoritative word for journalists on the rules of grammar, punctuation and usage. For medical references, we use Stedman’s Medical Dictionary for spelling of all diseases, disorders, syndromes, etc.

The Associated Press Stylebook can be purchased at major bookstores or ordered through the Associated Press, AP News features, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020; it is also available as an online resource. Visit the Associated Press Stylebook.

Below is an alphabetical listing of style guidelines as they are applied when writing about Children’s.

All | # A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
There is currently 1 name in this directory beginning with the letter Y.

Use figures, without commas: 2011. Use an “s” without an apostrophe to indicate spans of decades or centuries.

Example: the 1890s, the 1900s

When stating a month and year without a date, do not place a comma after the month.

Example: November 2011

Years are the lone exception to the general rule in numbers that a figure is not used to start a sentence.