Cares Award

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 manages its own nominations.

Each nomination must be approved by the nominee’s supervisor and their 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. Recipients are announced in March and September.

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.

To make a nomination, click on the appropriate entity link listed below:
Nominate someone at Airlift Northwest
Nominate someone at Harborview Medical Center
Nominate someone at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
Nominate someone in Shared Services (What are Shared Services?)
Nominate someone at UW Medical Center
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 UW Medicine CEO and Dean Paul Ramsey
  • Acknowledgement in the “Recognition RamPAGE” newsletter and blog and on the Patients Are First website
  • Invitation to the UWMC Annual Employee Service Awards Celebration

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