Community Relations

​​​For more than 50 years, UW Medical Center has been an integral part of our community, providing primary care and specialty services to patients throughout Seattle, the region and the world.

UWMC’s contributions range from making medical discoveries that have helped set the standard of care worldwide to spearheading the movement for improved patient safety. Learn more about UWMC’s rich history and future through our 50th anniversary report.

Each year, experts from UW Medical Center take part in the Seattle Public Library lecture series, covering topics such as sleep disorders, pain medicine and the cervical cancer vaccine. UW Medical Center’s expert physicians also educate the public through UW Medicine’s Mini-Med School, a yearly lecture series that gives participants a behind-the-scenes look at medicine.

Our physicians and other medical staff volunteer at the Seattle Marathon, ensuring that runners and walkers finish strong and healthy. In 2008, UW physicians helped save a participant who collapsed before reaching the finish line. UW Medical Center takes part in the bi-annual Health Sciences Open House that invites the community to learn more about UW Medicine’s services, programs and medical discoveries.

Through the UW Medical Center Service League, our 1,400 volunteers provide more than 115,000 hours a year assisting our patients, families, visitors and staff. They fill 60 roles in more than 110 placements at UWMC, UWMC-Roosevelt, the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and some of our off-site locations.

While UW Medical Center provides many specialty services, we promote preventive health, as well.