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University of Washington Medical Center
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The University of Washington Medical Center, located in Seattle, Washington is a 450-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Washington School of Medicine. Patients travel throughout the Pacific Northwest for care at the hospital, which specialized in areas like cardiology, neonatal intensive care, organ transplantation and cancer care. The University of Washington Medical Center has repeatedly been named a top hospital by U.S. News & World Report.
The University of Washington Medical Center has close ties to the university whose name it bears, all the way back to its founding. Shortly after the University of Washington’s School of Medicine opened in 1946, it became clear that partnering with existing hospitals would not provide students the training they needed; a teaching hospital, controlled by the university, would be needed. On May 5, 1959, the first University Hospital — a $13 million, 291-bed hospital built on a former golf course — opened its doors.
The University of Washington Medical Center has remained a leader in medicine in the Pacific Northwest, the country, and the world. In 1960, the hospital conducted the world’s first long-term kidney dialysis, and the following year it opened the world’s first multidisciplinary pain clinic, becoming a model for the treatment of chronic and acute pain. Surgeons at the University of Washington were the first in the Pacific Northwest to complete a kidney transplant in 1968, and in 1980 its doctors were the first in the region to perform outpatient cardiac catheterization. In 1990, the University of Washington’s Dr. E. Donnall Thomas earned a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work with bone-marrow transplant and cell transplantation.
In 2009 — the year the University of Washington Medical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary — it kicked off an expansion project to add space for patient care. Included in the expansion were a neonatal intensive care unit and 32-bed oncology unit, as well as space for additional technology like MRI machines, CT scanners and new interventional radiology rooms. All patient rooms in the new facility are private and offer views of Lake Washington to the southwest or a scenic courtyard to the north.
Mesothelioma Treatment at the University of Washington Medical Center
Learning that you have an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma can be extremely traumatic, especially because of the rarity of the disease. Taking the time to get to know your doctors and medical centers, and the technologies and support systems they offer, can help put you and your family at ease.
Since U.S. News & World Report began issuing hospital rankings in 1993, the University of Washington Medical Center has consistently ranked among the best in the country; in 2013, it was named the best hospital in the state, with outstanding rankings in three specialties: cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, and rehabilitation.
When cancer patients are treated at the University of Washington, they are actually being treated by three medical centers. In 1998, the University of Washington Medical Center partnered with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children's to form the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which today is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Northwest and one of the top-funded cancer centers in the country. The Alliance seeks to provide state-of-the-art patient- and family-centered care while advancing clinical research and working with the community to prevent cancer before it strikes.
More than 5,500 new cancer patients are treated at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance every year for a variety of cancers, including colon, breast, and lung cancers like pleural mesothelioma. A range of specialized therapies are available, including stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, gene therapy, high-dose chemotherapy, radiation, immunotherapy, and minimally invasive surgical techniques. For patients interested in pursuing non-conventional therapies, the alliance is currently conducting and actively recruiting for more than 250 clinical trials.
Patients of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance may be treated at any of several outpatient clinics located throughout the Seattle area; if overnight stays are required, adult patients are treated at the University of Washington Medical Center. Counseling and spiritual guidance are available, as are support groups for patients and families. For those seeking treatment far from home, the 80-unit SCCA House can provide an affordable and convenient alternative to a lengthy hospital stay.
Author: Linda Molinari
Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer AllianceRead about Linda
Reviewer: Annette Charlevois
Patient Support CoordinatorRead about Annette
University of Washington Medical Center
“Expansion Provides Space for Premature Babies, Cancer Patients, Diagnostic Imaging Needs”
U.S. News & World Report — Hospitals
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance