Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) is one of the top 10 children's hospitals in the United States and the major pediatric referral center in our four-state region — Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI). There are currently 254 licensed beds in the hospital, including 45 ICU beds, with an expansion underway right now! The SCH Emergency Department cares for over 36,000 patients a year.
While residents are working in the SCH Emergency Department they will have the opportunity to work alongside fellows in the long standing pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training program. Parking is free here for residents though the hospital is also very close to the Burke Gilman bike trail, making it a great place for bike commuting as well.
Valley Medical Center
Valley Medical Center (VMC) is the community hospital site for our residents. VMC is a Level II Trauma Center with 303 beds, and the oldest and largest district hospital in the state of Washington. Located just 15 miles South of Harborview Medical Center in Renton, it is South King County’s only disaster recovery facility. In 2009 and 2010 the hospital was ranked in the top 10 in the nation as a “Best Place to Work in Healthcare.” Each year more than 3000 babies are delivered at VMC. UWEM residents will rotate here for one month of Obstetrics during their 2nd year, and then one month in the Emergency Department for each of R2 through R4 years. The only other residency program at this site is the Family Medicine residency.
In 2009, the VMC Emergency Department was expanded to include a new emergency services south tower. This new 4,500 square foot space houses 55 private patient rooms, two four-bed resuscitation rooms, and the first 256 slice scanner in Washington State. Over 75,000 patients are seen in the VMC ED every year.