Harborview Medical Center has been designated a Foster Care Center of Excellence by Coordinated Care, the managed care provider for the Apple Health Foster Care program. With this designation, Harborview’s Pediatric Clinic is modifying its processes and services to better serve children in the child welfare system.
Centers of Excellence are recognized as multidisciplinary medical centers where youth in the child welfare system can receive coordinated healthcare services. To qualify as a center of excellence, a healthcare provider must meet more than 50 criteria, including annual staff training in trauma-informed care.
Harborview’s Pediatric Clinic is operated by faculty and staff of the University of Washington School of Medicine. They share the hospital’s commitment to serve the region’s most marginalized populations with high-quality, innovative, and culturally appropriate care. The clinic has evolved over the last 50 years from focusing on residents of nearby Yesler Terrace to a broader commitment in King County.
Washington’s other designated Foster Care Center of Excellence is located in Spokane at Family Care Spokane.