February 10, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 10, 2012
The partnership between Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services should not affect services at Issaquah health care facilities, officials said as the organizations completed a groundbreaking affiliation agreement.
Through the affiliation, Providence and Swedish plan to operate as the Western Washington Region of Providence Health & Services. The organization encompasses all Swedish operations in King and Snohomish counties, plus Providence operations in King, Snohomish, Thurston and Lewis counties.
The entities operate Providence Marianwood, a 25-year-old nursing home, and Swedish/Issaquah, a 7-month-old hospital, in the city.
“Swedish/Issaquah is a community hospital focused on the community needs here,” Chuck Salmon, chief executive for Swedish/Issaquah and ambulatory care, said days after the Feb. 1 announcement. “At this point, my direction is, ‘Don’t change a thing. You guys are doing fine.’ There should be really no change at all as perceived by the public.”
November 8, 2011
Bob Brock is not a household name in Issaquah, but projects the former Public Works Engineering director oversaw reshaped the landscape — bridges across Issaquah Creek designed to ease flooding and road projects meant to alleviate traffic congestion.
Brock, 64, retired as the top engineering official in the city Nov. 4 after a lifetime spent in public works roles in California, Wyoming and, for the past dozen years, in Issaquah.
“I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. It’s never been my forte to be up there in a suit and tie and everything and being in the foreground,” he said in pre-retirement interview. “I personally like to let my very capable staff get the exposure, No. 1, and the experience to share. It’s them that makes me successful.”
Since joining the city staff in May 1999, Brock supervised road and other infrastructure projects as the city added 19,000 residents through annexations and a home-building boom. Controversy also defined the area, as activists, leaders and residents debated the Southeast Bypass, a proposed road along Tiger Mountain designed to reduce downtown traffic headaches.
Brock led 30 or so Public Works Engineering Department employees from a corner office in City Hall Northwest. The space overlooks a recent city project, a pedestrian connector across Interstate 90 at state Route 900.
October 25, 2011
The partnership between Providence Health & Services and Swedish Health Services links important organizations involved in Issaquah health care.
Executives at Renton-based Providence and Seattle-based Swedish said the economic slump prompted the decision, as health care centers treat more uninsured patients and government reimbursements shrink.
The organizations plan to combine resources to offer services, such as a common electronic health record for patients, at Providence and Swedish facilities throughout Western Washington.
Despite the organizations’ large footprints in the city — Providence Marianwood, a nursing home, and Swedish/Issaquah, a state-of-the-art hospital — executives said the impact to patients is minimal.
“The closer people are to receiving services, they’re really not going to see any impact,” said Kevin Brown, Swedish senior vice president and chief administrative officer. “Where we will see the benefit is by being part of a larger, regional network where we can coordinate care now in all of Western Washington.”
September 20, 2011
Providence Marianwood, a nonprofit nursing home in Issaquah, received a helping hand from volunteer gardeners and painters Sept. 16 as the United Way of King County celebrated the Day of Caring in a series of service projects.
Employees from Aerojet, Mutual of Enumclaw and PeaceHealth set aside normal workplace duties to participate in the Day of Caring at Providence Marianwood. Elsewhere in King County, United Way-affiliated volunteers assisted in projects at nonprofit organizations, parks and schools.
September 16, 2011
NEW — 10 p.m. Sept. 16, 2011
Providence Marianwood, a nonprofit nursing home in Issaquah, received a helping hand from volunteer gardeners and painters Friday as the United Way of King County celebrated the Day of Caring in a series of service projects.
September 13, 2011
In 1994, Marilyn Davis invited to her home four fellow Providence Marianwood nurses who, like herself, were approaching retirement. It was the first meeting of the Fabulous Five.
Since then, the group (now comprised of six women) have met regularly to laugh about old times and support each other as they confront the trials of growing older.
With only a couple days’ notice, four of the six met at Marilyn Boone’s house in Issaquah for an interview. The only two missing were Davis, who now lives in Australia, and Diana Millikan, who lives on Guemes Island.
To clarify, the Fabulous Five met in the apartment behind the 97-year-old house Boone bought in 1977. “The worst house in town” is what she called it. Boone became a self-taught carpenter and electrician. She fixed up her new home on her own — all the while raising three children and working as a nurse — until she met her husband.
“He was a retired engineer and he just loved the fact that I had two very old houses that needed redoing,” she said.
August 2, 2011
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.”
March 22, 2011
Seven years ago, Joann Jaques lay in her bed at Providence Marianwood nursing and rehabilitation facility and feared she would die. Under treatment for a severe case of cellulitis, she was on intravenous antibiotics and was too weak to walk.
But thanks to the nursing care and physical therapy she received at the Issaquah facility for 21 days, her infection was beaten back and she regained the strength to get up and move around.
Once she returned to her home, her thoughts turned to the needs at Marianwood.
“I figured if there’s anything I could do to give back, I’d be most happy to,” said Joann, 74. “Because for me, after all, I know they saved my life.”
Joann and her husband Raymond, 76, have both stayed at Marianwood following knee replacements, too. And for more than six years now, they’ve been repaying the staff by volunteering two to three days a week.
December 21, 2010
Retired ‘voice girl’ recalls her work at the happiest place on earth
Ginny Tyler had the job every kid dreamed of.
She took off for Hollywood at the age of 32 and got a job with Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland, the happiest place on earth. For almost 40 years she would stay there, voicing characters for Disney movies, performing on the Disneyland lot and acting in several popular shows of the time, eventually culminating in an induction into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.
“It was just wonderful,” Tyler said at Providence Marianwood in Issaquah, where she currently resides. “It was so thrilling to work for Walt Disney. People would say, ‘get that voice girl!’”
Tyler was born in Berkeley, Calif., but was raised in Seattle. She discovered early on she had something that set her apart from other kids her age.
“I had a deep voice for a little girl in grade school,” she said. “I learned to change my voice as a young person. I could change my voice at the click of a finger.”
That’s a talent Tyler still possesses today, as she demonstrated numerous times during an interview, switching from a witch, to a pig to Minnie Mouse seamlessly.
“(People) would ask, ‘what does Ginny sound like?’” Tyler said.
“Anything,” she answered.
November 2, 2010
For years, Michelle Ryan could not bear to go outside. She had stationed herself on her living room couch, doing crossword puzzles, watching TV and recovering from a series of medical problems.
Then, a light came into her life in the forms of a paintbrush and the welcoming crew at artEAST, an Issaquah art cooperative.
Ryan’s life has taken her across the country, but she moved to Issaquah in 1990, working as an echo cardiographer, taking ultrasounds of peoples’ hearts. In 1998, her health left her on disability, and she ended up staying indoors for the next four years. Read more