City honors nonprofit Providence Marianwood on 25th anniversary

August 2, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger said a key factor in the city’s decision to recognize the Providence Marianwood Skilled Nursing Community is the fact that the facility is a nonprofit organization.

During a council meeting July 18, Frisinger and the Issaquah City Council honored Providence Marianwood on the occasion of their 25th anniversary. The city declared Aug. 13 as “Providence Marianwood Day” in Issaquah.

In comments made after the meeting, Frisinger said Providence Marianwood can help care for people who otherwise might not be able to afford nursing home services.

“We will continue to take those who have outlived their resources,” said Karla Heath, executive director of Providence Marianwood, which is in Issaquah on Providence Point Drive.

Heath added that at any given time, greater than 50 percent of the population of Providence Marianwood is receiving Medicaid.

“By virtue of its time here,” Frisinger said, “Providence has served the community well.”

Providence Marianwood is the only nonprofit nursing facility on the east side of King County, according to the Providence website.

“It’s a place that serves people with a great deal of compassion,” Frisinger said of Marianwood, describing the institution as a long-standing and important part of the Issaquah community.

Heath said the city’s proclamation is welcome.

“Proclaiming Aug. 13 as Providence Marianwood Day provides us the opportunity to celebrate our mission and good works with all of our employees, as well as with the entire community of Issaquah,” Heath said. “This proclamation represents our long-time collaboration with the city of Issaquah and gives us the opportunity to further tell our story.”

Now boasting 120 patient beds with some 200 employees, Heath said the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace originally founded the Issaquah facility. The current operators, the Sisters of Providence, took over in 1996 and run the facility along with some 60 other hospital and medical facilities in Alaska and the western United States.

The Issaquah facility began marking its anniversary in May. A yearly spring luncheon marks the founding of Marianwood by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Heath said. For this year, the facility also honored six employees who have worked at Marianwood since its founding.

On Aug. 13, Marianwood will hold a summer celebration for employees, residents and their families. Heath said plans include a barbecue, live music and bouncy houses.

Tom Corrigan: 392-6434, ext. 241, or tcorrigan@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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