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The UW Medicine Family

Nearly 28,000 caring professionals come together each day at UW Medicine with a singular mission: to improve the health of the public. Our family of healthcare providers, researchers, faculty and staff includes the following entities.

Airlift Northwest

Airlift Northwest is dedicated to providing safe, efficient and compassionate air medical transport for critically ill and injured infants, children and adults, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The region’s first air medical transport service, Airlift Northwest has flown more than 100,000 patients since its founding in 1982. Its helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are strategically located at  bases throughout the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. On-board medical experts handle everything from advanced cardiac life support to neonatal resuscitation, all while flying patients to the best available care for their condition.

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  • Total patients served: 3,145
  • Employees: 134
  • Area of operations: Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana

Harborview Medical Center

Harborview Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to preventing and managing illness and promoting and restoring health. Its mission is to provide care for a broad spectrum of patients from throughout the region, including the most vulnerable residents of King County; to provide and teach exemplary patient care; and to develop and maintain leading-edge centers of emphasis. Harborview is owned by King County, governed by a county-appointed board of trustees and managed by UW Medicine.


  • The only Level 1 trauma center in the Pacific Northwest, serving adults and children
  • Regional Burn Center
  • Emergency medicine and disaster management
  • Eye Institute
  • HIV/AIDS care
  • Neurosciences Institute and comprehensive stroke center
  • Mental health services, including psychiatric emergency services and substance abuse
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Sexual assault and domestic violence care
  • Sports, spine and orthopedic care
  • Vascular care
  • Uncompensated care for vulnerable populations

  • Licensed beds: 413
  • Employees: 5,431
  • Admissions: 15,329
  • Clinic visits: 228,852
  • Emergency Department visits: 53,550
  • Uncompensated care: $287 million

UW Medical Center

UW Medical Center is one of the world’s foremost academic health centers for emergency and specialized inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and therapeutic care. It is ranked as the No. 1 hospital in Washington and in the top 10 nationally for rehabilitation and diabetes and endocrinology by U.S. News & World Report. On Jan. 1, 2020, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center became a second campus of UW Medical Center under a single hospital license. The two campuses are designated as UW Medical Center – Montlake and UW Medical Center – Northwest.

See location details - UW Medical Center - Montlake

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  • Childbirth Center and Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Cancer care and blood and marrow transplantation
  • Cardiac care, including advanced procedures, complex surgeries,
  • mechanical circulatory support devices and transplantation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obstetrics, including high-risk care
  • Otolaryngology, including head and neck surgery for treating diseases and
  • disorders of the ear, nose and throat
  • Radiation therapy
  • Robotic-assisted surgery for gynecological oncology, urology, otolaryngology
  • and general surgery
  • Solid organ transplantation of the liver, kidney, heart, lung, pancreas
  • and intestine
  • Sports, spine and orthopedics care
  • Stroke care

  • Licensed beds:  810
  • Employees:  7,330
  • Admissions:  26,998
  • Clinic visits:  408,767
  • Emergency Department visits:  56,895
  • Organ transplants:  400
  • Bone marrow transplants (with SCCA):  322
  • Births:  3,071

UW Neighborhood Clinics

UW Neighborhood Clinics is a network of community-based clinics throughout the Puget Sound region. The clinics offer a wide spectrum of primary care services, as well as secondary care, from pediatrics to geriatrics, using the medical home model. Urgent care services are offered seven days a week at select locations. Ancillary services include on-site laboratories and digital radiology facilities. The clinics offer convenient hours with evening and same-day appointment availability. The clinics are consistently recognized for high quality standards by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care and the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient-Centered Medical Home Program. 


  • Employees: 394
  • Clinic visits: 367,976

UW Physicians

UW Physicians is the practice group for more than 2,000 providers and other healthcare professionals associated with UW Medicine who care for patients throughout the WWAMI region. Our award-winning providers are among the best and most sought-after in the world. They practice at UW Medicine entities, SCCA and Seattle Children’s and teach at the UW School of Medicine, one of the most highly regarded and competitive medical schools in the nation.

  • Complex and advanced medical and surgical treatments
  • Solid organ and bone marrow transplantation
  • Cancer prevention and treatment
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Vascular disorders
  • High-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care
  • Rehabilitation care
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Specialized orthopedic surgery
  • Burn injuries
  • Trauma
  • Pulmonary and ICU critical care

  • Physicians and other healthcare professionals: 2,611
  • Total outpatient visits: 1,843,291

UW School of Medicine

The UW School of Medicine is consistently recognized for excellence in training primary care physicians and advancing medical knowledge through scientific research. The school partners with top universities to educate students throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) as one of the country’s most innovative medical training programs. With robust interdisciplinary collaboration, the school’s educators, clinicians, scientists and students help each other reach the common goals of improving people’s health and alleviating suffering from disease.

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  • M.D.
    Provides medical students with education and mentoring for excellence in clinical skills and patient-centered care.
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME)
    Provides advanced training through 114 accredited residency and clinical fellowship programs (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).
  • MEDEX Northwest
    A regional program to train physician assistants with a focus on primary care for underserved populations.
  • Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
    Enables highly qualified candidates to obtain both MD and PhD degrees for careers in basic medical research.
  • Allied Health Programs
    Undergraduate and graduate training in medical laboratory science, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and prosthetics and orthotics.”

  • Full-time or part-time regular faculty members: 2,546
  • Clinical faculty: 5,268
  • Affiliate faculty: 500
  • Students and trainees enrolled in School of Medicine degree programs: 4,954
  • Departments: 31 in clinical and basic science

Valley Medical Center

Valley Medical Center is an acute-care community hospital and a network of primary, specialty and urgent care clinics. The oldest and largest public hospital district system in the state of Washington, it serves more than 600,000 residents in Southeast King County, providing everything from wellness checks and joint replacements to emergency and critical care in a healing environment.


  • Level III Trauma Center and emergency services
  • Birth Center and Level III Neonatal ICU
  • Breast and bone density screening
  • Cancer treatment, infusion and support
  • General and specialty surgery
  • Gynecology, urogynecology and urology
  • Imaging services
  • Joint replacement and orthopedics
  • Lifestyle medicine and fitness
  • Nephrology
  • Neuroscience, pediatric neurology, stroke and spine
  • Obstetrics, midwifery and maternal fetal medicine
  • Occupational health services
  • Psychiatry and counseling
  • Rehabilitation and children’s therapies

  • Licensed beds: 321
  • Employees: 3,700
  • Admissions: 16,924
  • Clinic visits: 627,997
  • Emergency Department visits: 77,344
  • Births: 3,287

Partnerships and affiliations

UW Medicine also advances its mission through partnerships with other healthcare organizations in the region and through strong affiliations with:


We share ownership of Children’s University Medical Group with Seattle Children’s and ownership and governance of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s.



Community Health Needs Assessment

UW Medicine has undertaken a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) as required by federal law.  

The CHNA is a primary tool used by UW Medicine and its partners to determine its community benefit plan. This plan outlines how UW Medicine and its affiliates will give back to the community in the form of health care and other community services to address unmet community health needs. This assessment incorporates components of primary data collection and secondary data analysis that focus on the health and social needs of the service area. 

Learn more about the Community Health Needs Assessment.