Patient Care

Providing high quality patient care is a core part of the mission of the Division of Emergency Medicine. The Division proudly serves a diverse patient population in two cutting edge Emergency Departments in Seattle. The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) Emergency Department is located in the heart of the UW main campus just off Lake Washington [map], while Harborview Medical Center (HMC) Emergency Department is located in downtown Seattle [map]. HMC and UWMC are the two primary teaching sites for the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSoM) and other UW Health Sciences programs.

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and burn center serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho, and has a specific mission to care for the community's most vulnerable patients. HMC also works closely with Medic One, the world renowned Seattle EMS system, as well as Airlift Northwest (ALNW), a preeminent provider of air medical services in the Pacific Northwest. The HMC ED also serves as the disaster control center for King County. The UWMC is a tertiary/ quaternary care center serving the local as well as the 5-state WWAMI region ((Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), providing specialized care in areas such as cardiology, high-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care, hematology/oncology, orthopedics and organ transplantation, in addition to providing general care for the local community.