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.

School clubs help young patients, earn national award

September 18, 2012

The project to create a happy distraction for young hospital patients was a collaboration between the FCCLA clubs at Issaquah and Skyline high schools. Contributed

When future young patients at Swedish/Issaquah go in for a procedure they’ll have some friendly faces looking back down at them.

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Annual Issaquah Run is set for Sept. 30

September 11, 2012

The 36th annual Issaquah Run is set to kick off at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 30. This year’s event will consist of the 10K run, a 5K run/walk and the Kids Dash.

Registration for the 5K and 10K is $35 for adults and $20 for ages 15 and younger. Registration for the Kids Dash is $5 and another $5 for a cotton shirt.

Early registration closes Sept. 27 at 11:59 p.m.

The race is once again sponsored by the Issaquah Rotary Foundation and is benefiting the Swedish Cancer Institute.

Issaquah brothers become brain surgeons for a day

August 28, 2012

Kunal Gupta (left) looks on as his brother Kanav uses a titanium drill on a plastic skull model. Dave Schinkel, a clinical specialist with the drill manufacturer, Medtronic, describes how the drill is handled during surgery. By Greg Farrar

Two Issaquah brothers were among those invited by the Swedish Neuroscience Institute to become brain surgeons for a day on Aug. 24.

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Meet Truitt, healing hound at Swedish/Issaquah

July 31, 2012

Truitt gives Jerry Snider, of Kirkland, a friendly lick on the face while making rounds among chemotherapy patients with Laurie Carlisle at Swedish/Issaquah. by Greg Farrar

When Laurie Carlisle and her Shetland sheepdog Truitt walk into Swedish/Issaquah they possess the magnetism of celebrities. Every eye in the lobby gravitates toward the 4-year-old sheltie. Visitors stop to pet Truitt and passers-by can’t help but smile at the lovable canine.

Truitt attentively sniffs the hands of visitors and flashes his signature goofy smile as his tongue flops out of his mouth. He is a very energetic dog that participates in agility competitions, but at the hospital, the sheltie puts his game face on.

Every Tuesday, Carlisle and Truitt visit patients in the Swedish/Issaquah Oncology Department, bringing smiles and a moment of relief to patients, and staff and family members in the department. Carlisle said Truitt understands the setting and adjusts his behavior accordingly.

“He knows why he’s here,” she said. “He’s just very calming for the patients.”

It is heavy stuff, visiting with patients receiving cancer treatment, but a visit from Truitt can make a world of a difference.

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Swedish/Issaquah celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

July 31, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah will commemorate the 20th annual World Breastfeeding Week with a celebration filled with family-friendly activities, live music and breast-feeding education on Aug. 1.

The goal of World Breastfeeding Week is to generate public support and awareness for breast-feeding families.

Tamara Wescott, a lactation consultant at the hospital, said the entire community is welcome to come celebrate and earn prizes, get massages and learn about the benefits of breast-feeding.

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Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry dies

July 10, 2012

Maureen McCarry, a former City Council president and longtime community leader, died early July 4 after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, 18 months after resigning from the council.

Maureen McCarry

McCarry, 62, served on the council amid a period of expansion in Issaquah, as council members addressed long-term issues related to transportation, economic development and the environment — a hallmark for McCarry.

In separate stints on the council in the 1990s and 2000s, she made the environment a priority.

The commitment earned McCarry the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community early last year. The top environmental honor in the city recognized McCarry for tireless efforts to forge agreements outlining construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus, preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain and strengthen tree-protection rules.

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Former Councilwoman Maureen McCarry dies

July 5, 2012

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Maureen McCarry, a former councilwoman and longtime community leader, died early Wednesday after a battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, 18 months after resigning from the City Council.

Maureen McCarry

McCarry served on the council amid a period of expansion in Issaquah, as council members addressed long-term issues related to transportation, economic development and the environment — a hallmark for McCarry.

In separate stints on the council in the 1990s and 2000s, she made the environment a priority.

The commitment earned McCarry the Ruth Kees Environmental Award for a Sustainable Community early last year. The top environmental honor in the city recognized McCarry for tireless efforts to forge agreements outlining construction in the Issaquah Highlands and Talus, preserve forested Park Pointe on Tiger Mountain and strengthen tree-protection rules.

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Construction starts on long-awaited Issaquah Highlands retail center

July 3, 2012

Earth-moving equipment works at the intersection of Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast High Street on June 26 as construction starts on Grand Ridge Plaza. By Autumn Monahan

Finally, after years of plans and promises, developers and officials gathered in the Issaquah Highlands early June 26 to launch construction on a $70 million retail center in the neighborhood — a long-awaited amenity for residents and, in recent years, a symbol for the anemic economy and rebound.

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Community invited to celebrate diversity at Highlands Day

June 19, 2012

Cultural diversity is the theme of this year’s Highlands Day, hosted by the Issaquah Highlands Council.

The annual event that marks the summer kickoff traditionally boasts an American theme. But this year, the council plans to celebrate the great diversity found in the Issaquah community, according to Christy Garrard, special events planner for the council.

“We’re partnering with the Issaquah Arts Commission, Swedish hospital and several other title sponsors to bring a four-hour outdoor festival that highlights different ethnicities and cultures,” she said.

This year’s celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23. The event takes place in the heart of the Issaquah Highlands at Blakely Hall and Village Green Park. The event is open to the entire community, not just those from the Issaquah Highlands. Read more

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