UW Medical Center 50th Anniversary Report

In 2009, UW Medical Center celebrates its 50th anniversary. The years since its founding have been marked by growth and achievement, yet the sense of imagination and excitement remains. UWMC is a focal point for care, serving the region’s sickest patients, and training future health-care professionals.

Doctors in surgery


UWMC has been recognized as a world-class health-care organization known for its medical discoveries, teaching programs and,   above all, the compassionate care provided to patients every day. Medical discovery is founded on the compassion we have for patients and our mission of improving the health of the public.

As we look forward to the next 50 years, UWMC is focused on patient safety, quality of care and providing superior service to our patients and families.

Read the full introduction >

Historic photo, doctors reviewing radiology images

A Glimpse of History – Timeline

UWMC staff members, faculty and health-care providers, volunteers and others have worked tirelessly each day to ensure the hospital not only stays at the forefront of medical discovery, but also remains focused on the mission. Innovations in teaching, research and patient care exemplify this dedication to that mission.
See the complete timeline >

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit baby

Compassion at the Heart of the Neonatal Team

Thad and Diane Hathaway experienced every emotion imaginable after the birth of their quintuplets, including relief that they had chosen UWMC. The couple attributes their children’s transformation from fragile newborns to healthy, active toddlers in large part to the care they received in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Learn more about neonatal care at UWMC >

Artist's rendering of hospital expansion

Construction Update

UWMC will break ground in 2009 on an expansion that will provide a new, larger neonatal intensive care unit, allowing the medical center to care for more of the region’s smallest and sickest newborns. The project also allows for a 32-bed adult acute care unit, diagnostic imaging and future operating rooms.
Read about our newest expansion >