University of Washington Medical Center

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University of Washington
Medical Center
UW Medicine
Location1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, Washington, United States
Hospital typeTeaching[1]
Affiliated universityUniversity of Washington
FoundedMay 4, 1959[1]
WebsiteUW Medicine - UWMC
ListsHospitals in Washington
Other linksHarborview Medical Center

The University of Washington Medical Center is a nationally renowned hospital located along the Montlake Cut and Portage Bay in the University District of Seattle, Washington, USA. It is one of the teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine. With the addition of the state-of-the-art eight story Montlake Tower which opened up in September 2012, the UWMC grew from 450 beds to over 570.[2] The 210 million dollar addition offers additional Oncology, Neonatal, Transplant and ICU and Radiological Imagining space.

The 2007 issue of U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals" ranks the UWMC 10th out of 5,462 hospitals nationwide.[3] Many UWMC programs score very high in specialty rankings, including: primary care (1); rehabilitation medicine (3); otolaryngology (13); endocrinology (16); orthopedics (15); internal medicine (6); pediatrics (8); rural medicine (1); geriatrics (13); oncology (6); gastroenterology (30); pulmonology (14); nephrology (16); neurology/neurosurgery (30); rheumatology (20); gynecology (9); urology (24).[4]

The University of Washington Medical Center opened on May 5, 1959. It grew out of the medical school that the university opened on October 2, 1946. It is home to the world's first pain center and was the location of the world's first long-term kidney dialysis, developed by UW professor Belding H. Scribner, M.D.

In May 2013, it was announced that UW Medicine, which owns and operates the University of Washington Medical Center, and PeaceHealth were coming together in a "strategic affiliation." The American Civil Liberties Union criticized the merger as PeaceHealth is "directed by the Catholic Ethical and Religious Directives."[5]

The hospital is located in the Warren G. Magnuson Health Sciences Center.


  1. ^ a b c "UW Medicine - UW Medical Center Overview". University of Washington. 2009-02-28. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  2. ^ "UW community invited to tour Montlake Tower | UW Today". Retrieved 2016-05-30.
  3. ^ "America's Best Hospitals 2007". U.S. News & World Report. 2007-07-15. Archived from the original on 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  4. ^ "America's Best Hospitals 2007: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle". U.S. News & World Report. 2007-07-15. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-15.
  5. ^ Ostrom, Carol M. (May 20, 2013). "UW Medicine, Catholic health system to have 'strategic affiliation'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 26 April 2014.

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Coordinates: 47°39′00″N 122°18′29″W / 47.65000°N 122.30806°W / 47.65000; -122.30806