Hospital is branded by design

July 5, 2011

Outside the main entrance to Swedish/Issaquah, look skyward.

The curved roof atop the atrium is a deliberate design nod to the arc Swedish Medical Center uses in branding and promotional materials. The arc carried throughout the hospital’s materials is indicative of the trajectory of a patient’s care, from the admission to diagnosis and, hopefully, healing.

Seattle firm CollinsWoerman, lead architects on the hospital project, incorporated the arc into the façade.

“We felt the swooping concave ceiling made both a good resolution to the height difference between the north and south sides of the Commons, and that it was a subtle reference to the ‘Swedish arc,’” CollinsWoerman Senior Associate James Walker said. “We also used the arc shape in planning the north façade of the medical office building and in the overall plan geometry of the commons.”

$6.2 million pedestrian bridge opens after delays

July 5, 2011

Protesters carry signs to decry the cost of a pedestrian bridge across Interstate 90 the day the bridge opened, July 1. By Tim Pfarr

The pedestrian bridge at Interstate 90 and state Route 900 opened July 1, months after the expected completed date.

Delays related to the bridge pilings and inclement weather slowed construction on the $6.2 million project.

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Swedish/Issaquah is projected to create 1,000 jobs

July 5, 2011

Hospital could also prompt other businesses to consider city

Swedish/Issaquah is expected to deliver about 1,000 jobs to Issaquah and, city officials and hospital executives hope, spur more commercial construction in the neighborhood surrounding the hospital.

The initial phase, a medical office building, is responsible for creating 450 jobs. Come November, as the portion containing the hospital beds opens to patients, the job figure is expected to rise to 700. By July 2012, as Swedish/Issaquah prepares to celebrate a year in the community, the total should rise to about 1,000 jobs.

Though determining the economic impact related to the $365 million hospital could require years, officials remain optimistic about the possibilities.

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Swedish Medical Center: A great fit for Issaquah

July 5, 2011

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.

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King County Districting Committee proposes changes for Issaquah

July 5, 2011

The electoral map could look different for Issaquah voters in November 2012.

In January, King County Council members appointed a team of community leaders to update the map for representation in county government. The team delivered a series of proposals late last month to reflect population changes recorded in the 2010 Census.

“It’s very interesting to see the demographics and to see the changes in our county,” said Terrence Carroll, committee chairman and a retired King County judge.

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Still living the adventure after 70 years

July 5, 2011

Issaquah couple celebrates anniversary milestone

At age 94, Ralph Upton has moved 29 times and has been married to his wife for 70 years.

Mary Upton (left) and her husband Ralph share the story of the early decades of their 70 years together. By Greg Farrar

“I think that my dad is unbelievable, an eternal optimist,” his daughter, Beth Upton said. “He has grit.”

Her mother balances the equation.

“Dad was the extrovert and adventurer, but Mom kept the home fires burning,” Beth said. “She kept things calm and paid attention to the details to make things work.”

Both were born before World War I ended, and their faith and adaptability have propelled them through the years.

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Issaquah Chamber of Commerce unveils city-focused agenda

July 5, 2011

Leaders focus on changes to signage, tourism

Issaquah business leaders plan to focus on City Hall in the months ahead to foster economic development, bolster tourism-promotion efforts and shape regulations to benefit businesses.

Matthew Bott, Issaquah Chamber of Commerce CEO, said the local agenda formed after chamber leaders consulted Issaquah entrepreneurs. The effort marks the inaugural legislative agenda from the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce focused on city issues.

“We really went out and asked our members, ‘What are you seeing? What are your priorities? What would you like to see?’” he said. “We made a specific focus on city government.”

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Lakeside baseball falls to late Bellingham rally

July 5, 2011

Brandon Mahovlich pops a bloop single to right field in the third inning in Lakeside Recovery's 4-2 loss to Bellingham Post 7 June 28 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue June 28. Mahovlich went 3-for-3. By Christopher Huber

The Lakeside Recovery bats were largely silent when they needed to produce June 28 against the visiting Bellingham Post 7 Legion team.

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Tech tool allows owners to fetch pets

July 5, 2011

Pets become part of a family and whether it’s a cat or dog, owners like to make sure their pets are safe and cared for. PetHub is making that possible through a little tag that can be put on a pet’s collar.

d A puppy models a tag from PetHub. Through the use of a smartphone, the barcode can be scanned and linked to the pet’s page on Contribute

PetHub, based in Issaquah, sells pet ID tags that use special coding to reconnect lost pets with their owners, with two-dimensional barcodes engraved on them. Through the use of a smart phone, the barcode can be scanned and linked to the pet’s webpage on Pet owners create profiles for their animals and modify what they want to be seen if their pet’s tag is scanned.

The company is approaching 10,000 tags out the door in just over two months of being launched, with most being sold, some donated and some given away for testing purposes.

The latter provided some good feedback for the company.

Most customers have been in the Seattle area, and PetHub is now expanding nationwide. The tags are $9, plus a $3 shipping fee.

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Highlands Day to celebrate Swedish/Issaquah

July 5, 2011

On its 10th anniversary, the Issaquah Highlands Council will host its annual Highlands Day on July 9, in conjunction with the grand opening celebration of Issaquah’s new Swedish Medical Center campus.

“This year will be the biggest Highlands Day ever,” said, Christy Garrard special events planner for the council. “We’re expecting over 10,000 people during the seven-hour event.”

This year, Highlands Day will carry a healthy living theme and will take place on the site of the new hospital.

More than 50 booths will represent sports, fitness and nutrition experts, local businesses and local nonprofit agencies. The booths will offer free carnival games and crafts, free samples and free answers to fitness and sports-related questions.

“Over 20 booths are just fitness professionals and nutrition experts.” Garrard said.

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