The UW Medicine Family

Nearly 30,000 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 than100,000 patients since its founding in 1982 and now transports about 3,700 every year. Its helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are strategically located at seven 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.


  • Total patients served: 3,669
  • Employees: 112
  • Area of operations: Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana
  • Helicopters: 4 Airbus EC-135s, 1 AgustaWestland A109E (Air Methods Corp.)
  • Planes: 3 Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, 1 Learjet 31A (Aero Air, LLC)
  • Uncompensated care: $6 million


  • Trauma, emergency medicine and critical care
  • AirCare membership protects households from the unexpected costs of air transport during a medical emergency
  • CAMTS (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Services) accredited
  • Partnership with Seattle Children's Hospital for neonatal flights
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps and left ventricular assist devices on each aircraft
  • Two units of packed red blood cells (PRBCs) and two units of liquid plasma on each aircraft

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: 5,491
  • Admissions: 17,158
  • Clinic visits: 258,666
  • Emergency Department visits: 58,847
  • Uncompensated care: $206 million

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center

Northwest Hospital & Medical Center is an acute-care, community hospital with inpatient medical, surgical, emergency and therapeutic services, as well as outpatient primary care, specialty care and surgery. Located in North Seattle, it is a critical resource for improving the long-term health of the surrounding community with personalized, high-quality care from doctors, many of whom are also UW School of Medicine faculty.


  • Level 1 Stroke and Cardiac Center
  • Cardiology, cardiac surgery and cardiac rehabilitation
  • General surgery
  • Geropsychiatry
  • Hernia Center
  • Multiple Sclerosis Center
  • Neurology and neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics, including midwifery program
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedic joint surgery
  • Rheumatology
  • Spine surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) satellite location with medical and radiation oncology services


  • Licensed beds: 281
  • Employees: 2,356
  • Admissions: 9,945
  • Clinic visits: 174,257
  • Emergency Department visits: 34,150
  • Births: 1,166

UW Medical Center

UW Medical Center—U.S. News & World Report’s No. 1 hospital in Washington state—is known for medical discoveries, teaching programs and, above all, world-class, compassionate care for patients who travel from across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) for specialized services. One of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, UW Medical Center offers care from doctors who are also UW School of Medicine faculty, training the next generation of healthcare professionals and advancing safety and quality standards for patients worldwide. 


  • Level IV neonatal intensive care unit—the highest level of neonatal intensive care
  • Cancer care and blood and marrow transplantation with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
  • Cardiac care, including advanced procedures, complex surgeries, mechanical circulatory support devices and transplantation
  • 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 medicine, spine care and orthopedic surgery


  • Licensed beds: 529
  • Employees: 5,595
  • Admissions: 18,964
  • Clinic visits: 341,014
  • Emergency Department visits: 27,730
  • Organ transplants: 356
  • Bone marrow transplants (with SCCA): 401
  • Births: 1,943

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: 526
  • Clinic visits: 372,413

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: 2,299
  • Total outpatient visits: 1,637,855

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.


  • M.D.
    Provides medical students with consistent mentoring for excellence in clinical skills and patient-centered care
  • Graduate Medical Education
    Provides advanced training to physicians after medical school through 112 residency and clinical fellowship programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as well as other fellowship programs approved by national specialty societies
  • Ph.D./Research Programs
    Provides advanced scientific training toward graduate degrees in biomedical research in a resource-rich, collaborative environment dedicated to scientific discovery. The School of Medicine research programs are funded by more than $625M in annual funding, supporting biomedical research from the most basic science inquiries to advanced clinical studies. This funding environment benefits from outstanding scientific facilities and immersion in one of the premier biotechnology hubs in the world.
  • 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 M.D. and Ph.D. degrees for careers in basic medical research
  • Allied health programs
    Undergraduate and graduate training for health sciences careers


  • Full-time or part-time regular faculty members: 2,360
  • Clinical faculty: 4,633
  • Affiliate faculty: 437
  • Students and trainees: 4,600
  • Departments: 32 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: 3,548
  • Admissions: 18,153
  • Clinic visits: 529,092
  • Emergency Department visits: 83,907
  • Births: 3,742

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.

 

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