Located in downtown Seattle, Harborview Medical Center is a 413-licensed bed hospital owned by King County and operated by UW Medicine. It serves as the primary Level 1 Trauma Care Center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Currently Harborview operates at 100% capacity, admitting approximately 17,000 patients annually, treating almost 58,000 in the Emergency Department, and serving more than 250,000 people on an outpatient basis.
In addition to its regional function, Harborview provides the local community with critical emergency services and various specialty clinics. The hospital contains behavioral health services, case management, a 24/7 shelter and hygiene services. These emergency services are a critical part of the solution to enhance social services for downtown’s vulnerable and unsheltered populations.
Hospitals are critical urban infrastructure and are vital to the region’s health during a global pandemic and beyond. If passed, the bond measure would increase hospital capacity and efficiency and modernize important health care functions like infection control. Currently, an estimated 12% of licensed beds are unusable each day due to infection control protocols.
Harborview is also an important downtown job center, employing 5,400 people. If the measure passes, it would create an additional 7,700 jobs during construction and 2,300 permanent jobs for nurses, doctors, technicians and staff.