Patient Information

Welcome to the First Hill Surgery Center

The First Hill Surgery Center is conveniently located in the heart of Seattle’s First Hill medical community, and is specifically designed to perform same-day, or outpatient, procedures that do not require a hospital stay. Your care will be provided by our experienced team in this state-of-the-art facility with 12 operating rooms and 32 recovery areas.

The First Hill Surgery Center is operated as a joint venture between The Polyclinic and Swedish Medical Center and managed by The Polyclinic. Our mission is to foster healing in a safe environment that respects the important role of caregivers, family and friends, while providing exceptional service and value for patients.

Before Your Surgery

Prior to your surgery you will receive a call from a First Hill Surgery Center nurse to review your health history and plans for recovery. The nurse will also provide specific instructions to help you prepare for your surgery. If you missed the call or need to reach a pre-admission nurse before your surgery, please call 206.320.7751. Here are a few additional things to keep in mind:

  • Food, liquids, and tobacco: You will receive instructions from the First Hill Surgery Center on when to discontinue food and liquids before your procedure. Be sure to follow these instructions to avoid rescheduling your surgery. Additionally, do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to your procedure, and do not smoke or use tobacco products after midnight the night before your procedure.
  • Medications: Confirm with your physician if you need to stop taking any medications such as blood thinners or insulin prior to surgery.
  • Driving: You should not drive immediately following surgery. You must have an adult friend or family member accompany you to and from the First Hill Surgery Center.
  • Jewelry, lotions, and makeup: On the day of your surgery you should bathe or shower and avoid wearing all makeup, lotions or perfumes. You may be instructed to bathe with a special soap before your arrival at the surgery center. Please remove all jewelry, including wedding rings and any body piercings before your arrival.


One or two days before your surgery you will also receive a call from our team to confirm your surgery and your check-in time, and answer any last-minute questions.

After Your Surgery

We have 32 post-operative rooms specifically for your recovery following surgery. Our nurses and care team will work closely with the surgeon and anesthesia provider to monitor you and plan your discharge from the First Hill Surgery Center.


Please do not drive, operate machinery, sign legal documents, consume alcohol or take any medications not prescribed or recommended by your physician. You should have a family member or friend stay with you during the first 24 hours after surgery to help and support your recovery.

Policies

The First Hill Surgery Center is committed to providing you with outstanding care before, during and after your surgery. To help prepare for your surgery, please review the following policies, before your procedure.

Location

The First Hill Surgery Center is located at 1101 Madison Street, Suite 200, Seattle WA 98104 between Minor Avenue and Boren Avenue on Madison Street in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Parking is available in the Marion-Minor garage in the surgery center building. There is a patient drop-off and pick-up space on level A of the parking garage. Patients and caregivers are welcome to use this space for patient drop-off and pick-up only.

There are a number of services and amenities within walking distance of the First Hill Surgery Center. This guide outlines pharmacies, restaurants and coffee shops within blocks of the First Hill Surgery Center.

Parking

Patients are welcome to park in the Marion-Minor garage in the surgery center building when they arrive for surgery. There is a patient drop-off and pick-up space on level A of the parking garage. Patients and caregivers are welcome to use this space for patient drop-off and pick-up only.