UW Medical Center

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The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) retains best hospital awards for patient safety, clinical research and multiple specialties and procedures/conditions.

Welcome To UW Medical Center

Through patient-centered care, UW Medical Center provides highly specialized healthcare for patients throughout the region and beyond.


UW Medical Center has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality for Cardiac Medical Intervention. This designation reflects the broad scope of services and excellent outcomes in every aspect of procedural cardiac care provided at UWMC through UW Medicine's Regional Heart Center.

UW Medicine hospitals and programs rank highly in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best Hospitals" issue. Since 2012, UW Medical Center has been ranked No. 1 in the state and Seattle metro area by U.S. News & World Report. In the most current rankings for 2018-2019, UW Medical Center is ranked among the nation's top 20 hospitals in three specialties:

  • No. 5 in Rehabilitation
  • No. 7 in Cancer (with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)
  • No. 12 in Diabetes & Endocrinology
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Maps, Directions and Parking

UWMC is located on the south end of the University of Washington campus, close to state road 520 and Interstate 5, and easily accessible by car or public transit.
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Patient Stories

Kirsten SwitzerKirsten Switzer of Seattle suffered from debilitating back pain for more than a decade, but is walking and exercising again after receiving a new spinal cord nerve stimulator at the Center for Pain Relief.
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Chris MarshallChris Marshall, implanted in the Spring with a total artificial heart, received a donor heart Sept 12. The device’s portable battery pack enabled Marshall to walk 600 miles between implant and transplant.
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