Swedish Medical Center: A great fit for Issaquah

July 5, 2011

By Ava Frisinger

Mayor 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.

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