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Mayor states goals in first State of the City speech

February 25, 2014

Issaquah Mayor Fred Butler vowed to maintain momentum in his first State of the City speech.

By Greg Farrar Fred Butler is a member of the Issaquah City Council.

Fred Butler


Given during the Feb. 18 regular City Council meeting, the speech laid out what Butler hopes to achieve in the first year of his inaugural term.

“A community is made up of many elements,” he said. “We are blessed with an outstanding school district, an active and professional chamber of commerce, students who are involved, first-class medical facilities and a City Council dedication to regional involvement.”

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City invites public to comment on Swedish Hospital expansion Aug. 20

August 9, 2013

NEW — 1:25 p.m. Aug. 9, 2013

The city’s Urban Village Development Commission will hold a public hearing at its regular meeting on Aug. 20 regarding the Swedish development agreement.

The purpose of the public hearing is to take public testimony on the proposed Swedish Development Agreement.  The approximate 28-acre property is partially developed with a hospital and is envisioned to allow more medical office space.

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Swedish wants to extend facilities, development agreement

May 7, 2013

Swedish executives met with the City Council Land & Shore Committee on April 9 to discuss potential future expansion of their current Issaquah Highlands site.

Specifically, they asked to directly manage their own titled site from the city instead of going through developer Port Blakely, and for an extension on their development agreement, from 2013 to 2017. The extension would give hospital leaders time to decide how to expand and when.

A year after opening, the hospital has met with a greater amount of success than anticipated and the group that met with city leaders wanted to discuss possible avenues to capitalize on that performance.

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Swedish/Issaquah offers postnatal massage service

March 12, 2013

Swedish/Issaquah now offers the postnatal massage service Postnatal Body Therapy by Bavia.

The goal of Bavia isn’t luxury, but rather about helping create a healing environment for new mothers.

Services include soft candlelight, soothing music and aromatherapy combined with gentle massage, eucalyptus-steamed foot wraps and heated temple treatment.

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Who’s News

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.

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Swedish/Issaquah expands popular Holidays at the Hospital event

November 27, 2012

Last year, Swedish/Issaquah hosted a small holiday event for the public that featured a chance for children to decorate a huge gingerbread house.

It proved so popular that organizers decided to return this year Dec. 1 with a bigger blowout, Holidays at the Hospital, featuring more activities sure to appeal to all ages and become an annual tradition.

Returning is the giant gingerbread house children can still decorate, constructed by the chefs of Café 1910 and carpenters of their facilities department.

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Issaquah fire station, hospital earn honors for energy efficiency

November 16, 2012

NEW — 3:15 p.m. Nov. 16, 2012

Issaquah is a hub for energy efficiency, after a fire station and a hospital in the city earned top honors in the same national competition for engineering and technology.

Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 and Swedish/Issaquah garnered first-place ASHRAE Technology Awards — a top recognition for innovative building design.

EFR Station 72 opened last year as the most energy-efficient fire station on the planet. Swedish/Issaquah opened in July 2011, after planners spent years developing a “practical ‘green’” facility to dramatically reduce energy consumption.

ASHRAE — or the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers — plans to bestow the awards on honorees in January at a conference in Dallas.

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts community arts celebration

October 30, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah is showcasing the Seattle Art Museum — and local artists — at a Nov. 1 community celebration in the medical center’s majestic lobby.

The event is meant to highlight Elles at the Seattle Art Museum. Elles showcases exhibitions and programs featuring women artists.

In addition to the Elles connection, attendees can embark on docent-led and self-guided tours highlighting Northwest women’s artwork on display throughout Swedish/Issaquah.

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Swedish Medical Center tops $100 million donation goal

October 30, 2012

Swedish Medical Center exceeded a $100 million fundraising goal by $3 million in donations, campaign organizers announced Oct. 26.

Overall, more than 50,000 people contributed to the fundraising effort through the Swedish Medical Center Foundation.

Some funds from the fundraising campaign have contributed to programs at Swedish/Issaquah. The campaign has supported more than 40 major initiatives.

The fundraising effort, called The Campaign for Swedish, is the largest fundraising effort ever undertaken by the nonprofit health system.

The foundation launched the seven-year campaign in January 2007, and exceeded the $100 million goal about 18 months early.

Organizers plan to continue fundraising through December 2013. Learn more about the effort and donate at www.campaignforswedish.org.

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