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University of Washington Medical Center is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, which provides highly specialized medical care in areas such as cardiology, high-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care, oncology, orthopaedics and organ transplantation. Patients travel from across Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho for these specialized services. UWMC

U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 America’s Best Hospitals ranked UW Medical Center twelfth in the nation and has named the hospital among the country’s best since the rankings began in 1993. The medical center also was named the nation’s first Magnet Hospital for excellence in nursing care by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which has continued to honor UWMC with this award every four years since 1994.

UW Medical Center is part of the UW Medicine health-care system, which also includes Harborview Medical Center, the UW School of Medicine, UW Neighborhood Clinics and Airlift Northwest, a specialized emergency transport program.