Business briefs

January 26, 2010

By Staff

Swedish/Issaquah emergency department honored

The Swedish/Issaquah Freestanding Emergency Department was recently named a 2009 Summit Award Winner by Press Ganey Associates.

The department, opened in March 2005, received the award by achieving and maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the 95th percentile or above for at least three years. The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health-care-satisfaction industry’s most coveted symbol of achievement.

The Swedish/Issaquah emergency department sees 24,000 patients per year. It was honored in June 2008 by Consumer Checkbook when it was rated the No. 1 emergency department in western Washington.

Sip. has new executive chef

Sip. Issaquah recently promoted Chris Brown to executive chef.

Brown, who was born in the United Kingdom and spent time in Italy as a child, has lived in the Seattle area for 15 years and has been with Sip. Issaquah since it opened in 2007.

Brown began as sous chef under then-Executive Chef Cody Reaves, who now heads up the kitchen at Sip. Seattle.

After attending the culinary program at the Art Institute of Seattle, Brown’s career flourished at BADA Lounge even before he completed his studies. He spent two years at BADA, then moved to Susan’s 5100 before landing in Kirkland at the Beach Cafe at Carillon Point.

While there, he learned of the position at Sip. Issaquah. He jumped at the opportunity to both expand his knowledge of wine and focus on a fresh, seasonally changing menu.

“He has a true culinary passion, understands the balance of flavors and presentations, and consistently delivers dishes to our guests that are above and beyond expectation,” said owner Lane Scelzi.

Goddard School celebrated grand opening Jan. 16

The Goddard School celebrated its grand opening Jan. 16.

Families can tour the school, meet teachers and learn about Goddard’s programs anytime. The school is located at 5716 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Call 391-5233.

Issaquah’s Little Gym is tops in kid fitness

The Little Gym, with a location in Issaquah, ranked No. 1 in the Children’s Fitness category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Franchises List, otherwise known as Franchise 500.

This is the fourth consecutive year the franchise company has earned the ranking.

The Little Gym offers classes for children from 4 months to 12 years. Programs include parent/child classes in motor skill development, gymnastics, sports skills development, karate, cheerleading, and dance. Kids progressively build skills, leading to enhanced self-confidence and socialization.

The Issaquah Little Gym is at 690 N.W. Gilman Blvd. Call 837-1414.

Meadow Creek Professional Center plans expansion

Meadow Creek Professional Center has extended its lease at Meadow Creek Office Park for five years, with options to renew, and plans improvements to expand the number of offices available.

The additional offices, at 22525 S.E. 64th Place, will make it one of the top 10 executive suites in the Puget Sound area.

The improvements will include the construction of 10 new offices in previously underutilized space. The offices will provide space for the newly-introduced Club Meadow Creek shared space offering.

For a nominal monthly fee, members have privileges to reserve various hours of office space per month along with using space on an as-available basis.

The center is a business of Humerlis Inc., providing office suites, conference rooms, hourly offices, phone answering, customer and sales support, and management consulting services.

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