A Higher Degree of Healthcare
It's not just a slogan
There are many excellent hospitals in Washington state. And there is no lack of physicians, nurses and caregivers here who are devoted to your well-being.
But when you consider what’s most important in a healthcare system, there is only one that consistently brings you the expertise of UW Medicine.
That’s because we aren’t just a collection of hospitals and clinics. UW Medicine is also the only healthcare system in the Pacific Northwest that offers you — and every patient — the considerable advantages of an inseparable connection to the region’s leading medical school and an internationally known center for research.
Scientific data proves that patients of health systems that integrate patient care with teaching and research, like UW Medicine, have better outcomes. So when we say you’ll receive a higher degree of healthcare from us, it’s not just a slogan. It’s a promise.
One Mom’s Story
Gina Lee Gossett
At 13 weeks pregnant, Gina Lee Gossett was like any other mother-to-be excitedly preparing to meet her baby. Then she received some shocking news — she had cervical cancer.
Doctors at the Center for Women and Children quickly crafted a plan to treat her cancer and save her pregnancy, but Lee Gossett was soon dealt another unexpected blow. She came down with a 104-degree fever and was rushed to the ICU with a life-threatening infection. After seven days in the hospital, the baby didn’t survive.
Despair soon turned into hope. Before an impending surgery, chemotherapy and radiation to fight the cancer, fertility specialists fast-tracked Lee Gossett through embryo preservation. A year and a half after her initial diagnosis, Lee Gossett finally got her happy ending. She’s now cancer-free and a proud mom.
Dr. Jorge Reyes
Imagine trying to change a process that’s been the norm for more than 50 years. Now imagine hundreds of lives are at stake with the potential to save even more. That’s exactly what Dr. Jorge Reyes is attempting to do — and why he’s doing it.
As UW Medicine’s chief of transplant surgery, Dr. Reyes is spearheading participation in a liver preservation study. Instead of transporting donor livers on ice in a cooler, the conventional procedure since the 1960s, Dr. Reyes and his team are testing a “liver in a box” device that keeps organs warm and flushed with oxygenated blood.
The trial shows promise so far, with donor livers arriving healthier and in better shape for transplant surgery. Dr. Reyes believes this new process can even expand the distance organs can travel, increasing the availability of life-saving organ donations by 30%.