Harborview: Your Hospital When You Need It

Harborview’s role in our community

Adult and Pediatric Trauma Care

Harborview provides 24/7 lifesaving care as the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and burn center in the region.

Coordinating Regional Medical Responses

In the case of a major emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Harborview coordinates patient movement across the region’s hospitals.

Safety Net Hospital

Harborview provides compassionate care to individuals dealing with homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse and other barriers to accessing healthcare.

UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Here For You
Your hospital when you need it

Harborview: here for you

Harborview Medical Center, owned by the citizens of King County, is a comprehensive healthcare facility dedicated to providing primary and specialized care for all patients. Harborview is also the only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. 

Harborview's care teams turn life-threatening situations into hope and healing for countless people across our region. These are some of their stories.

Harborview Medical Center - Amanda Suddarth

When the mudslide hit

The Oso mudslide in March 2014 engulfed an entire neighborhood. Amanda Suddarth was home with her 5-month-old son, Duke, as the mudslide hit. Trapped in rubble, Amanda couldn’t move when Duke started turning blue.


Watch Amanda’s Story

UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Paul Carter Story

Paul Carter

Paul Carter saw a flash, then nothing. He woke up at Harborview and learned he’d been shot in the face. Doctors didn’t know if he would ever talk again.

Watch Paul's Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Daniel Lyons

Daniel Lyons

Firefighter Daniel Lyon got caught in the Twisp River Fire in August 2015. He ran for his life to escape the fire and was burned on more than 60% of his body.

Watch Daniel’s Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Deborah Judd

Deborah Judd

When elementary school teacher Deborah Judd was on her way home, a man tried to steal her car, shooting her three times and leaving her for dead.

Watch Deborah’s Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Megan Bragg Story

Megan Bragg

After a frantic search for her son, Gus, Megan Bragg found him laying facedown on the pavement outside their home. Gus had fallen out a window.

Watch Megan's Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Josh Glantz

Josh Glantz

Out on Hood Canal with his dad, Josh Glantz was 6 years old when something went wrong. Next thing he knew, he was in the water, and his arm was badly wounded.

Watch Josh's Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Lily James

Lily James

When Lily James was 7 years old, a freak boating accident left her lying in a pool of blood, one foot cut to the bone and the other hanging on by a tendon.

Watch Lily's Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Eric Stark

Eric Stark

When a shooter pointed a gun at him, bus driver Eric Stark's first thought was to protect his passengers. So he drove them out of danger — even though he’d already been shot in the chest.

Watch Eric's Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Livia Story


Livia was playing with friends outside when she fell and hit her head, hard. Her mom Heather immediately knew something was wrong, and Livia was rushed to Harborview.

Watch Livia's Story
UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Bernardo Barco Story

Bernardo Barco

Bernardo Barco lost his arm and leg in a motorcycle wreck. No one expected him to survive his injuries, but the doctors and staff at Harborview saved his life.

Watch Bernardo's Story

A vital health resource for all of King County

UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Pediatric

Harborview ranks in the top 10% nationally for pediatric trauma performance. Trauma systems like Harborview reduce injury and mortality in children by up to 25%.

UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Payers Graph

Harborview receives no operating dollars for the care it provides. Critical expansion and renovation projects are funded through King County voter-approved bonds.

UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Behavioral Health

Harborview's Behavioral Health Institute, emergency psychiatry care, first episode psychosis stabilization, peer bridge recovery, and tele-psych provide vital mental health resources to patients and physicians.

UW Medicine Harborview Medical Center - Downtown Emergencies Services Center

Nurses are embedded at Downtown Emergencies Services Center (DESC), as well as Plymouth Housing. The Pioneer Square Clinic continues to provide medical services to the homeless.

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: 5,516
  • Admissions: 16,073
  • Clinic visits: 258,406
  • Emergency Department visits: 55,545
  • Uncompensated care: 238 million*

*Reported for fiscal year 2018