UW Medicine’s Leadership in the COVID-19 Pandemic

As I write this, we are experiencing another spike in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations in Washington state while we are also facing uncertainties regarding a second wave of infections in the fall. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the critical need to improve healthcare inequities, and the adverse financial impact of the pandemic has created substantial challenges for many professions, including healthcare.

And yet, I am hopeful. I am hopeful because I have seen a caring community of UW Medicine healthcare professionals, staff, alumni, students, patients and donors come together to tackle these enormous challenges with extraordinary creativity, selflessness and resolve.

In this issue, I invite you to retrace the steps of two separate UW Medicine teams as they identified the first cases of COVID-19 circulating in the U.S. and immediately sprang into action to track the virus and ramp up testing. You will meet the healthcare workers in our hospitals whose sacrifice and resilience have been essential to keeping our community safe during this pandemic. You will hear from My-Linh Nguyen, an MD student, about how the pandemic is both reaffirming and challenging her path to becoming an emergency room doctor. And you will see how our new Office of Healthcare Equity is helping address the inequitable burden of COVID-19 in our region.

None of this would be possible without each of you. In fact, as our Campaign infographic illustrates, your generous support and engagement over the past decade have made UW Medicine a leader in medical education, research and healthcare — and in the local, national and global response to this pandemic.

I greatly appreciate your enduring commitment to improving health for all people in our community and around the world and for your generous support of UW Medicine.

My best wishes for your continued health and safety.

With gratitude,

Paul G. Ramsey, M.D.
CEO, UW Medicine