Harborview Medical Center, the County hospital managed by UW Medicine, has a lot to be proud of. It is an award-winning comprehensive health-care facility. It offers world-class care for all of its patients, and maintains a priority commitment to poor and disenfranchised communities in King County. As the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and burn center in the state, Harborview also serves as the regional trauma center for Alaska, Montana and Idaho. And it’s a teaching and research institution on a mission: to teach exemplary patient care.
The physicians and staff at Harborview recognize that their high quality health care comes from this commitment to teaching, community service and research. They also recognize the effects the physical environment has on them and on their patients. The art throughout medical center offers comfort and inspiration, conveys a sense of dignity and a promise of thoughtful care. In this short KCTV video, members of the Harborview team and artists who created work for the center, share their personal insights into the important role that King County’s Public Art Collection plays.