Harborview Medical Center provides trauma care to adults and children, serving as the state's only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center. As the only such facility in a four-state region (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho), Harborview is ready around the clock for any kind of emergency.
The state's trauma system, the result of years of careful planning, is designed to ensure that every injured patient has the access to the right hospital as soon as possible. Harborview's Emergency Department sees more than 80,000 patients each year, many of these patients suffering serious trauma.
Definitive patient care for trauma victims, research, injury-prevention programs, community outreach and teaching are all part of Harborview's mission as a Level I trauma center. From a nationally emulated public-education campaign to encourage the use of bicycle helmets to promising research on a "trauma vaccine" Harborview is deeply committed to lessening the incidence and impact of injuries on people's lives.
The ability to transport patients from as nearby as downtown Seattle to as far away as Anchorage, Alaska, is key to saving the lives of trauma victims. Seattle's Medic One, headquartered at Harborview, deploys well-trained paramedics able to resuscitate patient while they are being transported to the appropriate hospital.
Airlift Northwest is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which transports patients from the four-state region via helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Airlift Northwest has flown more than 45,000 patients to Seattle hospitals since the service began in 1982.
Founded in 1985, the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center is now one of the premier institutions researching how and why people suffer injuries and what can be done to prevent them. The phenomenal success of the Washington children’s bicycle helmet campaign, an international model for such efforts, demonstrates the value of the Injury Center’s multidisciplinary, inclusive approach in injury prevention programs.
Harborview has been recognized for its success in meeting the trauma-care mission. Accrediting agencies have certified and praised Harborview staff for providing exemplary emergency care, intensive-care and rehabilitation services.
Harborview Medical Center has also teamed with LifeCenter Northwest to work on a national initiative to save more lives through organ donation
What is a Level I trauma center?
- Provides the highest level of definitive care for injured patients -from resuscitation through rehabilitation.
- Emergency physicians, surgeons, surgical specialists, nurses and other disciplines required to be in-house and available to provide immediate care.
- Provides leadership in injury-prevention programs.
- Provides leadership in teaching, community outreach and education.