About UW Medicine
For Puget Sound area residents who currently want, or will someday need, the highest quality care for their routine and complex conditions, UW Medicine provides an unmatched level of excellence.
That’s because UW Medicine is Washington’s only health system that directly connects care with a top-rated medical school and an internationally recognized research center.
From our family to yours
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:
- Airlift Northwest
- Harborview Medical Center
- UW Medical Center - Northwest
- UW Medical Center
- UW Neighborhood Clinics
- UW Physicians
- UW School of Medicine
- Valley Medical Center
Our commitment to you
At UW Medicine, every person involved in your care commits to helping you and your family achieve your personal goals for wellness and quality of life. We pledge to:
- Put your needs first.
- Create a welcoming environment.
- Respect your values.
- Empower and collaborate with you.
- Coordinate and integrate your care.
- Offer you comfort and support.
- Enable your access to services, system-wide.
- Advance your care through research.
Because UW Medicine is the only health system in Washington with an inseparable connection to medical education and research, we offer the highest quality care in the state — from the routine to the most complex.
- No matter what type of care you need—primary, specialty, urgent or emergent care or air medical transport—UW Medicine’s world-class providers are nearby, at more than 300 locations around the Puget Sound region.
- Along with caring for patients at all ages and life stages, our doctors conduct scientific research and teach future medical professionals, giving us unique opportunities to translate the latest insights into excellent care for you.
- UW Medicine is at the forefront of a national movement to transform care by delivering safe, high-quality services that achieve better outcomes—both by caring for the sick and by keeping our communities well in the first place—all while spending healthcare dollars wisely. We measure the quality of your care based on a variety of factors relating to both outcomes and process, including effectiveness, efficiency, equity, patient-centeredness, safety and timeliness.
- We believe that all people have the right to high-quality, culturally appropriate healthcare, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ability. We are committed to embracing diversity, fostering inclusion and advancing equity across our healthcare system for our patients and workforce in order to give everyone we serve the opportunity for good health outcomes.
- The UW Medicine Accountable Care Network brings together the skills, services and geographic reach of exceptional healthcare organizations and professionals throughout the Puget Sound region to offer an unprecedented level of care for employees whose companies offer the network as a healthcare option.
The UW School of Medicine is at the forefront of medical care and medical science, educating medical students in five states through a regional partnership known as WWAMI.
- Our program emphasizes training doctors, scientists and allied health professionals to meet the healthcare needs of a five-state region, especially through primary care and service to underserved populations.
- The UW School of Medicine is ranked among the top three medical schools in the country for primary care education, and has maintained this status for more than 25 years by U.S. News & World Report. We are also second in the nation in total federal research grants and contracts with $749.9 million in total revenue according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- The School places distinct curricular emphasis on leadership, health equity, ethics, professionalism, life-long learning and scientific discovery.
- We are committed to educational quality improvement and building a community of faculty, staff and students who embrace inclusiveness, healthcare equity, and awareness in the learning environment.
With one of the largest medical research programs in the world, UW Medicine enables scientists to advance knowledge and health innovations with groundbreaking discoveries.
- Our researchers conduct clinical and basic science research across 31 academic departments, from anesthesiology to urology, and more than three dozen centers and institutes.
- UW Medicine ranks among the top academic research institutions in National Institutes of Health funding. UW School of Medicine is second in the nation in total research grants and contracts, with $749.9 million in revenue (2016).
- We are dedicated to winning the fight against Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, genetic disorders, heart disease, infection, multiple sclerosis, stroke, vision loss and other causes of disability and premature death.
- The research community at UW School of Medicine has access to comprehensive instrumentation, facilities and services at research sites and across the academic campus, and to events designed to support research regionally.
- UW School of Medicine provides advanced scientific training toward Ph.D. degrees in biomedical research in an outstanding, resource-rich, collaborative environment dedicated to basic and translational research.