December 25, 2012
Swedish/Issaquah receives patient satisfaction honor
The Swedish/Issaquah emergency room was recently named a 2012 Summit Award Winner by Press Ganey Associates.
The ER received the award by achieving and maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the 95th percentile or above for at least three consecutive years. The Swedish/Issaquah team also won in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health care satisfaction industry’s most coveted symbol of achievement bestowed annually. The Swedish/Issaquah ER is one of 114 health care facilities in the country to receive the prestigious honor in 2012, and one of only 101 to receive it for achieving and sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction.
December 18, 2012
Local personal trainer honored in top 10
Annelise DiGiacomo, owner and founder of Infitness in Issaquah, was a top 10 finalist in Life Fitness’ Personal Trainers to Watch contest. DiGiacomo was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 nominees from around the world in the contest’s second year.
November 27, 2012
Eastside Baby Corner receives $20,000 grant
Eastside Baby Corner received a $20,000 grant from the Windermere Foundation. The grant will allow Eastside Baby Corner to pursue its core mission of providing crucial food and supplies to children in need in Eastside communities.
Now in its 22nd year, the nonprofit organization helps children by distributing almost everything they need, for newborns to age 12, through a network of family-assistance agencies. Learn more about Eastside Baby Corner at www.babycorner.org.
November 20, 2012
Boy Scout Nicholas Co earns Eagle rank
Nicholas Co recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
His Eagle Scout service project was repurposing an unusable space at Issaquah Middle School, contributing nearly 100 hours of service to his community.
Co is the student body president of Issaquah High School, an active member of National Honor Society and he runs as a member of the cross-country and track teams. He is a passionate volunteer of King County Search and Rescue, and was recognized as last year’s Top 5 Youth Responder.
Co plans to study engineering after graduating in June.
November 6, 2012
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation honored
Issaquah Nursing and Rehabilitation received the 2012 Bronze Commitment to Quality award for its dedication to improving quality care.
The award is one of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. The program honors facilities across the nation that demonstrated their commitment to the quality improvement journey.
October 23, 2012
Sleep Country tops 50,000 donations
Sleep Country tallied up 50,309 total items donated in its annual School Supply Drive for Foster Kids. School supplies were donated at Sleep Country locations from July 30 to Sept. 9.
Donations were distributed among 18 foster-care nonprofit partners in the Northwest and in Issaquah, and support foster children served by Treehouse, Bethany Christian Services, Community & Family Services Foundation, Intensive Children’s Services and Olive Crest.
September 25, 2012
Elks Lodge takes Special Olympians to Mariners game
The Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge in Issaquah took 60 Special Olympics youths and their caregivers to a Seattle Mariners baseball game Sept. 23 thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Elks National Foundation.
The money also paid for transportation and refreshment costs.
The Mariners acknowledged the Special Olympians in attendance at the end of the fourth inning on the large scoreboard. The youths are members of the Issaquah Special Olympics baseball team.
August 28, 2012
Timber Ridge at Talus receives Excellence in Innovation award
Timber Ridge at Talus was recently honored during the King County Healthcare Coalition Forum held at Seattle City Hall for its creative fire and earthquake survival training videos for staff and residents of nursing and retirement communities.
Timber Ridge at Talus received the Excellence In Innovation award for producing a three-part DVD training series and facilitator toolkit with the help of Eastside Fire & Rescue and Fire Station 72 with scripting, filming and producing.
The videos provide general safety guidelines and scenarios: Drop, Cover, and Hold techniques, fire extinguisher demonstrations and defend-in-place strategies. In Timber Ridge’s training delivery, personnel from EFR added realism by using a smoke machine to imitate a fire in a health center room as staff members demonstrated correct procedures during emergency situations.
August 21, 2012
Scouts earn Eagle rank
Two Boy Scouts from Bellevue Troop 626 — David Adams and Kevin Hays — earned the rank of Eagle Scout, Scouting’s highest honor, at a recent court of honor ceremony at the Bellevue Community Center.
For his Eagle service project, David designed and led the construction of a wheelchair-accessible gardening table for mentally handicapped clients of the Tavon Center. On the road to Eagle, David earned 22 merit badges, spent many weekends camping and provided countless hours of community service. David was very involved in troop leadership, taking on roles such as historian, troop guide, patrol leader and ultimately senior patrol leader.
Throughout his years in the troop he experienced the outdoors in the usual campouts, such as Camporee and summer camp, but also had the pleasure to experience the boundary waters of Minnesota and Canada through his 95-mile, five-day high adventure canoeing trip, Northern Tier.
David graduated from Liberty High School, where he participated in the service-oriented groups Key Club, Honor Society and the Liberty Welcome Crew. He swam as a member of the Liberty swim team, the Issaquah Swim Team and is currently on the Maple Hills Swim Team. He is an avid Rubik’s Cube speed-cuber, enjoys online games and works at the Newcastle YMCA as a swim instructor and lifeguard. He is attending the University of California, Berkeley, in the fall to study engineering.
August 14, 2012
Local teen signs with national agent
Sarah Arthur, 15, of Issaquah, has been signed with the talent agency The Crawford Agency.
She is the daughter of Esi Quaidoo-Arthur and Edmund K. Arthur, of Bellevue, and attends Issaquah High School.