Trooper unhurt after icy Interstate 90 crash

December 6, 2011

A state trooper rolled a patrol cruiser on eastbound Interstate 90 early Dec. 5 east of Issaquah amid foggy and icy conditions.

The incident occurred at about 3 a.m. as Trooper Casey Myers, 28, neared the end of his shift and hit a patch of black ice. The patrol cruiser veered off the roadway and then rolled into a roadside embankment.

The six-year veteran trooper did not sustain injuries in the crash, but he later checked into Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue as a precaution.

The state Department of Transportation also treated roads to combat ice, but crews responded to ice-related crashes on Eastside roads.

Officials used the incident as a reminder to motorists to use caution on icy roads.

Trooper is unhurt after rollover crash near Issaquah

December 5, 2011

UPDATED — 10 a.m. Dec. 5, 2011

A state trooper rolled a patrol cruiser on eastbound Interstate 90 early Monday east of Issaquah amid foggy and icy conditions.

The incident occurred at about 3 a.m. as Trooper Casey Myers, 28, neared the end of his shift and hit a patch of black ice. The patrol cruiser veered off the roadway and then rolled into a roadside embankment.

The six-year veteran trooper did not sustain injuries in the crash, but he later checked into Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue as a precaution.

The state Department of Transportation also treated roads to combat ice, but crews responded to ice-related crashes on Eastside roads.

Officials used the incident as a reminder to motorists to use caution on icy roads.

Overlake adds Issaquah medical office to Eastside clinics

November 22, 2011

Overlake Hospital Medical Center added the Issaquah Medical Group to a growing network of primary care clinics on the Eastside, hospital executives announced Nov. 18.

Overlake renamed the medical office Overlake Medical Clinics Gilman. Leaders also added two primary physicians and an advanced registered nurse practitioner to the clinic at 450 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 201.

“One of our main goals at Overlake is to provide our patients with the most convenient and cost-effective medical care possible,” Overlake CEO Craig Hendrickson said in a statement. “The addition of Overlake Medical Clinics Gilman to our network means that we now have seven medical clinics throughout the Eastside, with two more opening in Redmond in 2012, offering the community unparalleled access to state-of-the-art healthcare.”

The regional clinics’ focus is to promote health and wellness. Overlake operates six other primary care clinics across the Eastside.

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers classes

November 15, 2011

Overlake Hospital Medical Center offers the following classes at its Issaquah clinic, 5708 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E. Register by calling 688-5259.

  • “Weight Loss Surgery Seminar” — 6 p.m. Nov. 22, free
  • “Condensed Series Preparation for Childbirth & Newborn Care” — 9 a.m. Dec. 2 & 10, $95 per couple
  • “You and Your New Baby” — 10 a.m. Nov. 14, $55

Crash ‘miracle’ protects local motorist amid fatal collision

November 8, 2011

Traffic stopped on eastbound Interstate 90 late last month as emergency responders raced to a deadly accident — and a miracle.

Longtime Issaquah resident Lily Skelton, sister Priscilla Schenkel, a Renton resident, and friends Kate Cochran and Lisa Malmin, survived the fatal crash Oct. 17, as motorists in another mangled vehicle died at the scene.

“It was a miracle,” Skelton said days after escaping from a crumpled car lodged between tractor-trailers.

Tractor-trailers smashed the Buick LeSabre carrying Issaquah resident Lily Skelton, her sister and friends Oct. 17 near Hyak. Contributed

Cochran and Malmin traveled to Washington from Arizona for Schenkel’s birthday. Leavenworth made for a perfect trip to glimpse autumn foliage and mountain splendor after days spent sightseeing in Issaquah and Seattle.

In the backseat, Cochran and Malmin snapped photos as Skelton’s Buick LeSabre crossed Snoqualmie Pass. Near Hyak, Skelton deactivated the cruise control and slowed amid the construction zone.

“It was a beautiful day and everybody was driving calmly,” Skelton said.

Signs about the Snoqualmie Pass East construction project lined the roadside. Soon, traffic stopped and Skelton, a cautious driver, left about a car length between the Buick and a tractor-trailer up ahead. Behind the car, another tractor-trailer sat idle.

“We’re coming down Hyak and they’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, this is so beautiful!’ — the lake, the mountains, the colors — and then, kaboom,” Skelton said.

Washington State Patrol investigators said a tractor-trailer and a Jeep Cherokee collided behind the Buick. The impact pushed the rig behind the Buick into the car. The sedan surged ahead into the other tractor-trailer.

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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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Interstate 90 crash injures Issaquah motorist

October 25, 2011

The state patrol is asking motorists for information about a deadly Oct. 17 accident on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie pass.

The crash injured a 47-year-old Issaquah woman, Lilian H. Skelton. Idaho motorists Jess A. Bass, 68, and Jean E. Bass, 73, died in the accident.

Washington State Patrol troopers said the accident occurred just before 11 a.m. on the eastbound interstate just east of Snoqualmie Pass.

Investigators said a tractor-trailer collided with the Bass’ Jeep Cherokee, starting a chain-reaction crash. Troopers said another truck slammed into the rear of a Buick LeSabre.

The state patrol is seeking witnesses to the collision and the events preceding the incident. Call Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines at 360-805-1160.

Medics transported Skelton and other injured motorists to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Washington State Patrol seeks accident witnesses

October 19, 2011

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 19, 2011

The state troopers investigating a deadly accident on Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass seek additional witnesses to the crash.

The crash injured a 47-year-old Issaquah woman and left two Idaho motorists dead.

The accident occurred just before 11 a.m. Monday on the eastbound interstate just east of Snoqualmie Pass. The collision involved three tractor-trailer rigs and two passenger vehicles.

Early reports to the Washington State Patrol’s Major Accident Investigation Team indicate four of the vehicles stopped in the lone eastbound lane.

Investigators said a truck combination had been the lead vehicle followed by a Buick LeSabre, another tractor trailer and, lastly, a Jeep Cherokee.

The state patrol said a third truck and the Jeep collided, sending the sport-utility vehicle ahead into the trailer of the middle truck. The middle truck then struck the rear of the Buick. Then, the Buick struck the rear of the trailer on the first truck. The occupants in the Jeep died at the scene.

The state patrol is seeking witnesses to the events before, leading up to or the collision itself. Call Detective Sgt. Jerry Cooper at 360-805-1192 or Detective Curt Ladines at 360-805-1160.

Medics transported the Issaquah woman, Lilian H. Skelton, to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue.

Who’s News

October 4, 2011

Overlake hires physician at Issaquah clinic

Overlake Hospital Medical Center recently hired Dr. Jennifer Edwards as a new primary care physician at its Issaquah clinics.

Edwards is a board-certified, family-practice physician.

Before joining Overlake, she worked as a core faculty member at Mercy Redding Family Practice Residency Program in Redding, Calif.

Edwards earned her medical degree from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed her residency at the Shasta-Cascade Family Practice Residency Program, which is affiliated with the University of California-Davis.

Edwards has a special interest in women’s and infants’ care.

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

Find the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival to reel in prizes from the pun-happy festival’s ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she then tells you a booth number or offers you a business card to claim a prize.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FishFan to track him or her, find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret words to become a winner. Find clues on Facebook, too.

Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to join the festival on Twitter.

Roving Fish Fan prizes include $100 gift certificates to Virginia Mason Medical Center’s MediSpa, plus prizes from BECU, Swedish/Issaquah, Orthopedic Physician Associates, CleanScapes, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Coldwell Banker Bain and Seattle Children’s.

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