Swedish Medical Center: A great fit for Issaquah
July 5, 2011
By Ava Frisinger
As the entire region will soon enjoy the expanded medical care offered by Swedish/Issaquah, our city has much more to celebrate: a great fit with this community.
Some benefits are obvious. We now have a state-of-the-art hospital and medical campus that offers emergency services, a highly advanced cancer center and an impressive list of specialty-care services — all here in our backyard.
Swedish, however, provides plenty of additional perks for Issaquah. The healthcare provider consistently advocates for healthier lifestyles, which fits well with our active, outdoor-oriented community.
The nonprofit organization is also very much in sync with Public Health – Seattle & King County. Both organizations aim to educate the public that “health” is not merely the absence of illness, but is rather a longer, more enjoyable life. Look soon for Swedish’s great variety of free or low-cost classes regarding vital health topics here in Issaquah.
Swedish/Issaquah is also the most energy-efficient medical complex in the region. Such a commitment to sustainability mirrors the city’s efforts to spearhead several ultra-“green” projects, including the zero-energy zHome and the Maple Street Fire Station.
In addition, the medical campus will undoubtedly boost our economic vitality. A new café, pharmacy and retail shops are all located on site. In total, more than 900 employees from Swedish and its affiliates will soon be a part of the growing Issaquah Highlands workforce by the end of the year.
Even our art community will benefit from the new campus. A large collection is featured on site, including several works that depict Issaquah themes. As Swedish advocates: “art heals.”
The healthcare provider is also a proven community partner. Swedish is already a sponsor of several events and organizations, including Salmon Days, the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, Issaquah Schools Foundation, Friends of Youth and the Rotary Club of Issaquah.
Welcome, Swedish. You’ve found a great home here in Issaquah.
Ava Frisinger is the mayor of Issaquah.