Travel to Harborview Medical Center

As the only designated Level I pediatric and adult trauma and burn hospital center in Washington, Harborview medical center serves the region and beyond in addressing trauma and burn conditions. It serves as a referral hospital in Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Physicians and medical experts in Harborview Medical Center offer specialist services in orthopedics, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, neurosciences, behavior medicine, vascular surgery, HIV/AIDS, rehabilitation and complex critical care. Additionally, the center serves Seattle/King County in areas of disaster medical control. For these reasons, patients travel from far to access specialist healthcare at the Harborview Medical Center.

Although treatment expenses are covered by many insurance packages, patients traveling for medical services should know that travel expenses are not catered for by insurance. This means one must plan very well in order to keep travel expenses low. If you cannot afford to pay for your travel, you can check our directory of charitable organizations that help in planning for free-cost travel for healthcare to Harborview Medical Center.

If you cannot afford travel for medical treatment, use our directory of charitable organizations that can help arrange no-cost transportation for you.

About Harborview Medical Center

Owned by the King County, Harborview Medical Center is governed by board of trustees that is appointed by the county. The Center is managed by the University of Washington. Physicians and other medical professionals in this hospital provide healthcare services to patients of all ages and regions in world-class facilities while also serving mission population in the King County. The facility is located at First Hill, adjacent to downtown Seattle and Interstate 5, and is accessible by car and public transit.

Harborview Medical Center is designated as the “best Hospital” in Puget Sound by U.S. News & World Report in 2016-17 issue of “Best Hospitals”. In this evaluation that featured 5,000 hospitals in the country, the issue ranked the Harborview rehabilitation program as number four in the country. Additionally, the hospital was recognized as a “high performing” center in areas of abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and heart failure.

Harborview Medical Center is part of UW Medicine together with Northwest Hospital and Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Physicians, Valley Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, Airlift Northwest and UW School of Medicine. Physicians who operate in this hospital are all members of UW Physicians Group while all staff members working in this facility are employees of University of Washington. The Harborview Medical Center has assembled a team of multidisciplinary, medical and support staff with many years of experience. These include experts that diagnose some of the most complex medical cases that are known.

Specialist Areas

Harborview Medical Center has competent professionals that deal with treatment of both simple and complex medical cases. Among the specialized services that are provided in this center include the following;

  • Level I pediatric/adult trauma and burn center. This is the only one of its kind in the State of Washington
  • Serves as a comprehensive eye and optometric institute
  • Neuroscience institute
  • Healthcare for patients suffering from HIV/AIDS
  • Wide range of psychological and psychiatric services that include cases of mental illnesses and substance abuse
  • Emergency medicine and management of disaster
  • Sport, spine and orthopedic care
  • Surgical and nonsurgical treatment of all types of vascular complications
  • Rehab services for those with disabilities occasioned by injuries, illnesses and hereditary conditions

The Center of Occupational Health and Education

Starting from 2007, the UW Medicine Harborview Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE), has worked with communities to promote occupational health through education and enhancing collaboration and communication among patients suffering from workplace injuries. The UW Medicine COHE is among the four COHEs in the State of Washington. These COHEs are by the WA Labor and Industries Department and given advice by labor and business communities’ representatives. To improve heath and outcomes of workers, COHE works closely with employers, workers and providers.

Since 2007, the UW Medicine Harborview COHE has worked with our community to optimize occupational health practices through education and by facilitating communication and collaboration among those affected by workplace injuries.

Getting to Harborview Medical Center

By Air

Getting to Harborview Medical Center from anywhere in the world is simple. You can use one of the two international airports that serve the area conveniently. The best airports when landing from anywhere in the world and traveling to Harborview Medical Center include the following;

  • Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
  • Boeing Field/ King County International Airport

Once you have landed in any of the above airports, you can access the visitor information desk to get brochures and cards that will help in getting around for your medical travel. For their airport services, patients and their families can use Shuttle Express. There are also quite a number of taxis that you can choose from that are operated by both Yellow Cab and Orange Cab. You can also use Sound Transit that links the light rail from the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and connecting with the in-city transit on the Third Avenue.

If you need to fly to Harborview Medical Center, use our Flight Search to find the best fares. The closest airport to Harborview Medical Center with commercial service is Boeing Field/ King County International Airport . Harborview Medical Center is around 5 miles from Boeing Field/ King County International Airport (Get Directions Here).

If you are flexible, or have not yet booked your appointment, use our Price Calendar to find the best days to fly and book your medical appointment accordingly.

By Public Transportation

You can get to the Harborview Medical Center by bus from around the region. The closest bus station that you can use when traveling to and from the hospital by bus is 4th Ave S & S Jackson St. From here, you need to walk for about ten minutes in order to reach the facility. The bus routes that serve the hospital include Metro Routes 3, 4, 27, and 60. You can also use bus lines Bus 177, Bus 83, Bus D LINE that stop near the hospital.

  • Uber and Lyft are inexpensive and convenient options for local transportation. Click on the links to sign up with one or both of these services before your trip.
  • If you need medical transport, for example, wheelchair transportation, use our medical transport directory to find options in the San Diego area.
  • Finally, if you would prefer to book a ride in advance, use our advance ride finder.

Lodging Options for Harborview Medical Center

Friends and families of patients being attended at the Harborview Medical Center have a wide range of lodging options that they can choose for their time in the hospital. These accommodation options in Central Seattle are about 10 minutes taxi or bus ride to the hospital. It is good to note that parking is available in these places for an extra dollar. The following are lodging options for Harborview Medical Center in order of their proximity to the hospital;

  • First Hill Apartments Extended Stay:
  • Sorrento Hotel:
  • Baroness Hotel and the Inn at Virginia Mason:
  • Renaissance Madison:
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle:
  • Best Western Pioneer Square:

Contact Us

  • Harborview Medical Center
    325 Ninth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-2499
  • Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
    1550 N 115th St, Seattle, WA 98133
  • Valley Medical Center
    400 S 43rd St, Renton, WA 98055
  • UW Medical Center
    1959 N.E. Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195
  • UW Physicians
    701 5th Ave #700, Seattle, WA 98104
  • UW School of Medicine
    1959 NE Pacific St, Seattle, WA 98195
  • Airlift Northwest
    6505 Perimeter Road South, Suite 200