harborview changed my life in a lot of ways. I did a "health occupations" program in high school that facilitated CNA licensure, introduction into A&P, and an 8 week internship at harborview. it was my first real hospital experience on the side of medicine, not as a patient. the social issues presented there were heartbreaking, the personal tragedies were always present, but there always seemed to be a sense of progressiveness and excellence. if i ever move back to seattle, i will bang on that BICU door until they let me back in.
it's not perfect, but it certainly is nice to be at a place that isn't as wrought with corporate greed like many institutions are (even, or perhaps especially, the "non-for-profit" ones).