Harborview is the proud recipient of the prestigious 2007 Foster G. McGaw Prize, honoring outstanding leadership, unwavering spirit of excellence and remarkable achievements in our community. This prize is one of the most esteemed honors in health care and is sponsored by the American Hospital Association, The Baxter International Foundation and Cardinal Health Foundation.
The annual prize is presented to a health-care organization that provides innovative programs that significantly improve the health and well being of the community. Harborview was recognized for its involvement in five initiatives, which are highlighted below.
Providing Health Care for the Homeless
Harborview’s Pioneer Square Clinic in downtown Seattle offers a full range of physical and mental health services to the homeless and uninsured. Care is also provided at homeless shelters and temporary respite units. Staff in these clinics provides not only high quality and compassionate care but also many supportive resources to patients who also have basic needs of food, clothing and shelter.
Supported Housing, Supported Employment for the Mentally Ill
Working with clients, employers and housing owners, Harborview has developed integrated employment and housing programs with essential support services for adults with psychiatric disabilities. The supported housing program includes 206 units in more than a dozen public and private housing sites throughout Seattle reserved for Harborview patients. The program also offers the services of a peer counselor who is in recovery and understands first-hand the challenges that clients face.
Community House Calls: Overcoming Language and Cultural Disparities in Health Care
Bilingual and bi-cultural caseworkers facilitate an exchange of cultural information between Harborview’s providers and King County’s growing immigrant communities. The International Medicine Clinic at Harborview provides care for many new residents, and interpreter services are offered in more than 80 languages and dialects.
Changing Health Behaviors: From the Emergency Department (ED) to Primary Care
Harborview provides clinical resources and continued education and support to those with chronic conditions, the leading cause of illness, disability and death in the United States. A nurse case manager works with the ED staff to link patients to primary care providers and improve disease control between the ED visit and the first clinical visit. Education and self-management programs for chronic disease are offered in many languages including Spanish, Vietnamese and Somali.
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Seattle: Protecting Children in Their Neighborhoods
Committed to preventing injuries to children, Harborview has teamed up with two partners to create the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Seattle. The coalition has promoted the use of booster seats in immigrant communities, created “walking school bus” programs in inner city neighborhoods and distributed bike helmets at no cost.