Swedish/Issaquah adds 80 patient beds, services

October 25, 2011

Swedish/Issaquah physicians plan to start delivering babies and performing more complicated surgeries Nov. 1, as the hospital rolls out additional services and opens 80 patient beds on the $365 million campus.

The change adds expectant mothers and intensive care unit patients to the bustling hospital months after physicians started offering routine checkups, outpatient surgical procedures and numerous other services.

The additions also mean emergency responders can transport more patients to the Swedish/Issaquah emergency room — and cut the time ambulances spend on the road to and from other Eastside and Seattle hospitals.

“It rounds out the rest of the services and makes it a fully functioning community hospital,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said as the opening neared. “We’ve been doing basically everything — except if you needed to stay overnight — until this point.”

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Issaquah, King County leaders pay tribute to late Gov. Albert Rosellini

October 10, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. Oct. 10, 2011

Issaquah leaders lowered flags at City Hall and other municipal buildings Monday to commemorate the death of former Gov. Albert D. Rosellini.

Rosellini, governor from 1957 to 1965, died Monday at 101. Gov. Chris Gregoire called for flags at public buildings across the state be lowered to half-staff.

Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, King County Executive Dow Constantine and other local leaders offered tributes to the late governor.

“He was widely respected and regarded, I think, with affection amongst people,” Frisinger said. “I saw a very long and full life.”

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Change comes to Issaquah bus routes Oct. 1

September 27, 2011

King County Metro Transit riders should prepare for changes soon as transportation planners adjust routes between Issaquah and Seattle.

Issaquah routes receive some shuffling in the latest service plan from the mass transit agency. Under a service plan starting Oct. 1, Route 211 runs from hospital-dense First Hill in Seattle to the Issaquah Highlands Park & Ride. Metro Transit is also adding trips departing First Hill for the highlands at 3:05 and 5:30 p.m.

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King County Council honors former Issaquah mayor

August 31, 2011

A.J. Culver (center), former Issaquah mayor, holds certificate from the King County Council after members recognized him for a long public-service career Monday. Contributed

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 31, 2011

King County Council members honored former Issaquah Mayor A.J. Culver on Monday for important contributions in public service.

The council recognized Culver for service as mayor, on the Municipal League of King County and Harborview Medical Center boards, and as a representative to the county Citizens’ Elections Oversight Committee.

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Woman robbed, stabbed in Issaquah Highlands

August 9, 2011

Police said a man stabbed and robbed a 36-year-old woman early Aug. 8 in a typically quiet apartment complex in the Issaquah Highlands.

The incident occurred at about 12:15 a.m. in the 1700 block of 16th Lane Northeast in a parking lot at The Highlands at Wynhaven, a complex next to Grand Ridge Elementary School.

The woman said a man approached her as she returned to the apartment after parking her car. Investigators said he then punched and stabbed her, stole her purse and fled.

The woman described her attacker as a stocky white or Hispanic man dressed in dark clothing and a dark-colored baseball-type cap. She last saw him running east as he fled.

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Man dies after utility accident on Tiger Mountain

August 9, 2011

A utility company worker died after a predawn accident Aug. 5 in the Mirrormont neighborhood.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, James B. Waters, sustained critical injuries after a coworker in a work truck ran over him in the early morning hours.

The crew for Sumner-based Potelco had been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

Investigators said Waters had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backward and under the rear tires of the truck. The truck happened to be driving past at a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

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Utility worker dies after accident on Tiger Mountain

August 5, 2011

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

The utility company worker injured in a Friday morning accident in the Mirrormont neighborhood has died.

The lineman, a 40-year-old Buckley man, sustained critical injuries after a coworker in a work truck ran over him in the early morning hours.

The crew for Sumner-based Potelco had had been working on a downed pole in the Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

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Man injured in accident on Tiger Mountain early Friday

August 5, 2011

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011

Police said a utility company lineman sustained critical injuries early Friday in a Tiger Mountain neighborhood.

The man, a lineman for Sumner-based Potelco, had been working on a downed pole when a coworker in a work truck ran over him. Medics transported the 40-year-old Buckley man to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The accident occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 14500 block of Southeast Tiger Mountain Road in the Mirrormont neighborhood, about five miles from downtown Issaquah.

The workers had been replacing a power pole knocked down earlier in the night.

Investigators said the Buckley man had been at work on the downed pole. Then, as he removed a wire that was under tension, the taut wire snapped back and knocked him backwards and under the rear tires the truck. The truck happened to be driving past a slow speed, and he was caught under the right rear tires and run over.

Detectives from the King County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the incident.

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Issaquah girl, 9, dies after Bellevue pileup

July 26, 2011

Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl injured in a 14-vehicle pileup in Bellevue early last week, died July 23 from injuries sustained in the crash.

Rachel and a 2-year-old sister rode in a Lexus sedan driven by the girls’ mother, Samantha Paul, as a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck and spurred the chain-reaction crash.

Medics transported seven people, including a handful of Issaquah residents, to area hospitals in the aftermath.

Only Rachel sustained life-threatening injuries, and responders rushed the girl to Harborview Medical Center.

Rachel Beckwith

Just before 8 a.m. July 20, as traffic slowed due to congestion near the Interstate 405 interchange at 133rd Avenue Southeast, authorities said a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a logging truck in the adjacent lane.

“For whatever reason, whether the semi truck was going too fast, wasn’t paying attention or a combination of the two, for the conditions, he didn’t seem to see that traffic had stopped until the last second,” said Sgt. Keith Trowbridge, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. “At that point, he tried to put the brakes on, but he jackknifed and went into the log truck.”

The impact dislodged the rear axle of the logging truck and sent the piece hurtling into traffic.

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Issaquah girl, 9, injured in 14-vehicle pileup, dies

July 23, 2011

NEW — 9 p.m. July 23, 2011

Rachel Beckwith, a 9-year-old Issaquah girl injured in a 14-vehicle pileup in Bellevue, died Saturday afternoon from injuries sustained in the July 20 crash.

Rachel and a 2-year-old sister rode in a Lexus sedan as the girls’ mother, Samantha Paul, as a tractor-trailer jackknifed into a loaded logging truck and spurred the chain-reaction crash.

Medics rushed seven people, including a handful of Issaquah residents, to area hospitals in the aftermath. Only Rachel sustained life-threatening injuries.

The teaching pastor at at EastLake Community Church, Jeremy Johnson, said Paul suffered head injures in the early morning crash, but is expected to recover. The younger daughter escaped without major injuries.

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