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Harborview Medical Center in Seattle Receives Prestigious $100,000 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service
Date:1/10/2008

rants, and underserved since its founding in 1877 as the welfare hospital for King County. The hospital continues to provide exemplary care for patients from all walks of life, regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, Harborview is dedicated to discovering solutions to the social issues that create barriers and disparities in access to healthcare.

"As a mission driven, public teaching hospital, the core values of Foster G. McGaw are aligned closely with our work. This award is a tremendous honor for Harborview because it reflects our role in embracing the community and reaching out to those most in need," said Johnese Spisso, interim executive director, Harborview Medical Center and vice president for medical affairs and clinical operations officer, University of Washington Medicine. "With the unwavering support of the Harborview Board of Trustees, King County and the University of Washington, Harborview's community initiatives benefit thousands of individuals each year by removing barriers to accessing high-quality care and improving health status."

Among other programs, Harborview Medical Center was recognized for its involvement in:

-- Providing Healthcare for the Homeless -- Harborview's satellite clinics

in downtown Seattle offer a full range of physical and mental health

services to the homeless and uninsured. Care is also provided at

homeless shelters and temporary respite units.

-- Supported Housing, Supported Employment for the Mentally Ill -- Working

with clients, employers and housing owners, Harborview has developed

integrated employment and housing programs with essential support

services for adults with psychiatric disabilities. The supported

housing program includes 206 units in more than a dozen public and

private housing sites throughout Seattle reserved for Harborview

patients. The program also offers the services of a peer co
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