Organization Development & Training

Formal Recognition


UW Medicine Cares Award

UW Medicine Cares Award Recipients

Congratulations to our Spring 2013 Recipients!

What is the UW Medicine Cares Award?

UW Medicine is more than a health system. It is a collective of outstanding individuals working together to make UW Medicine the region’s healthcare system of choice for patients and families, and the workplace of choice for employees.

UW Medicine established the UW Medicine Cares Award in 2013, a program to formally recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and excellence of those in the UW Medicine community who consistently exemplify the UW Medicine Service Culture Guidelines. (Requires a UW NetID.) The guidelines are professional standards that ensure that anyone who encounters UW Medicine receives the same great care and service throughout the system. 

Each UW Medicine entity – Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians and Airlift Northwest –participates in the UW Medicine Cares Award program.

Anyone, including a member of the public, can nominate a healthcare professional, staff member or a team that has made a difference in patient care or the work environment. Employees can nominate a person or team outside of their own entity, as well. Within UW Medicine, nominations can be submitted online (links provided below), and each entity will manage its own nominations.

Each nomination must be approved by the nominee’s supervisor and the entity’s Human Resources before being added to the pool. Committees at each entity review nominations twice yearly to select healthcare professionals, staff members and teams for the award.

Individual and team award recipients receive a copy of the nomination, letter from UW Medicine CEO and Dean Paul Ramsey, a recognition certificate, lapel pin, and a professional photo, which are displayed at the respective entities, on the entity’s intranet, and on the Patients Are First website. Individual recipients also receive a gift from the University Book Store; team award recipients are honored with a celebration in their department.

Patients, families, guests and others can access a public nomination form on the UW Medicine website.

Recipients are selected and announced in March and September each year.

To make a nomination or for more information, click on the appropriate entity link or contact your entity’s UW Medicine Cares Award representative listed below:

Nominate someone at Airlift Northwest 

Nominate someone at Harborview Medical Center

Nominate someone at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center 

Nominate someone at UW Medical Center

Nominate someone in UW Medicine Shared Services

Nominate someone at the UW Neighborhood Clinics

Nominate someone at UW Physicians

Nominate someone at Valley Medical Center

UWMC recipients are honored with:

  • Award presentation in their department & refreshments
  • Choice of gift from the University Book Store (individuals) / celebration in their department (teams)
  • Poster display outside the Plaza Café, in the Roosevelt II lobby, and in their department
  • Lapel pin
  • Certificate of recognition
  • Letter of recognition from Paul Ramsey – UW Medicine CEO and Dean Paul Ramsey
  • Acknowledgement in the "Recognition RamPAGE" newsletter and on the Patients Are First website
  • Invitation to the Annual Employee Service Awards Celebration

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