Swedish Medical Center earns honor for ‘green’ landscaping practices

February 16, 2012

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Swedish Medical Center landscapers improved the environment — and the organization’s bottom line.

The landscaping staff at Swedish/First Hill worked to qualify as a 5-Star EnviroStars group — a designated awarded to organizations based on a demonstrated commitment to reducing hazardous materials and waste.

Swedish joined more than 700 EnviroStars businesses offering services, such as car repair, dentistry, dry cleaning and printing. EnviroStars is a program of the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County.

Several facilities in the Swedish system had a contract for spraying fungicides and insecticides on shrubs and trees.

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No changes for local patients as Providence, Swedish complete affiliation agreement

February 10, 2012

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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.”

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Mayor focuses on economy in State of the City address

February 7, 2012

Mayor Ava Frisinger highlighted a more muscular economic development effort and a reshuffled City Hall structure in the State of the City address — the speech to set Issaquah leaders’ agenda for the months ahead.

The address, delivered Feb. 6, days after the city announced employee layoffs, echoed a top priority from the City Council — a concerted effort to attract businesses to Issaquah and convince established businesses to remain in the city. The effort to remake City Hall functions also dominated the speech.

Ava Frisinger

“A major focus for 2012 will be enhancing our economic vitality, which is a community’s capacity to be economically competitive, resilient and attractive to both private and public enterprise,” Frisinger said.

Under a reorganization plan prepared by Seattle consultant Moss Adams and delivered late last year, the city focused on efficiency and effectiveness. The consultant discovered different cultures, expectations and management styles across municipal departments. Moss Adams pointed out the differences in coordination, scheduling and tracking across departments.

“In the end, our goal is to enhance customer service, find efficiencies and prepare our city for the years and decades ahead,” Frisinger said.

Though the reorganization emerged as a strong theme, Frisinger also used the address to spotlight ongoing projects.

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Issaquah mayor focuses on economy in State of the City address

February 7, 2012

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Mayor Ava Frisinger highlighted a more muscular economic development effort and a reshuffled City Hall structure in the State of the City address — the speech to set Issaquah leaders’ agenda for the months ahead.

Ava Frisinger

The address, delivered Monday, days after the city announced employee layoffs, echoed a top priority from the City Council — a concerted effort to attract businesses to Issaquah and convince established businesses to remain in the city. The effort to remake City Hall functions also dominated the speech.

“A major focus for 2012 will be enhancing our economic vitality, which is a community’s capacity to be economically competitive, resilient and attractive to both private and public enterprise,” Frisinger said.

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Hospital architect earns top interior design honor

January 31, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah architecture firm CollinsWoerman has earned the highest honor in healthcare interior design for the hospital.

The firm received the award from Contract magazine in a New York City ceremony Jan. 27.

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award,” Sarah Reisenauer, CollinsWoerman senior interior designer, said in a statement. “By working closely with our client and extended design team, the space we created together enhances the patient journey, benefits the community, and achieves our design and aesthetic vision.”

The hospital spans 550,000 square feet, and includes a medical office building, cancer center and ambulatory care center. The project focused on the concept of a commons — a central, unifying and orienting public space. Special design features include 40- to 60-foot high LED back-lit metal sculptural grass blades on concrete shear walls and a winding tile trail embedded in the terrazzo floor.

“The interior elements combine poetry of color and nature to play off the building’s natural surroundings,” Reisenauer said. “We wanted to design the space from the perspective of the patient, so it was essential to include crisp aesthetics, material integrity, and a sense of warmth and familiarity.”

Weather postpones mayor’s State of the City address

January 24, 2012

The potential for snow prompted city leaders to cancel the Jan. 17 City Council meeting and reschedule Mayor Ava Frisinger’s State of the City address.

The mayor is due to deliver the annual speech at the Feb. 6 council meeting. The address, plus a council goal-setting retreat each spring and the budget proposal each fall, helps form the municipal budget and priorities for the year ahead.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.

The latest State of the City address comes as Frisinger and other leaders offer a renewed focus on economic development and reorganize City Hall operations.

In the 2011 address, Frisinger predicted “a momentous year for Issaquah” — and many milestones outlined in the speech came to pass in the months soon afterward. The city preserved the Park Pointe site on Tiger Mountain after a yearslong process, opened ultra-“green” Eastside Fire & Rescue Station 72 and joined Swedish Medical Center to inaugurate the Swedish/Issaquah campus.

Swedish/Issaquah welcomes first baby of 2012

January 10, 2012

Leah Katherine Ehrenstrom

Swedish/Issaquah greeted a baby to ring in 2012.

The first baby to be born at the hospital in the new year arrived at 2:16 p.m. Jan. 1, when Issaquah residents Katie and Matt Ehrenstrom welcomed 7-pound, 14.5-ounce Leah Katherine.

Dr. Kristen Austin delivered the 19.25-inch infant.

Katie Ehrenstrom works at Swedish/Issaquah. The ultrasound technician and her husband have two other daughters. Leah joins 3-year-old Addyson and 18-month-old Stella in the Ehrenstrom family.

Swedish/ Issaquah presented the Ehrenstroms with a gift basket to celebrate the occasion.

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Swedish/Issaquah welcomes first baby born in 2012

January 3, 2012

Leah Katherine Ehrenstrom became the first baby born in 2012 at Swedish/Issaquah. Contributed

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Swedish/Issaquah greeted a baby to ring in 2012.

The first baby to be born at the hospital in the new year arrived at 2:16 p.m. Sunday. Issaquah residents Katie and Matt Ehrenstrom welcomed 7-pound, 14.5-ounce Leah Katherine.

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Milestones from the year 2011 reflect changes

December 27, 2011

Renewal defined the year, as the community paused after a population boom and economic bust — and positioned Issaquah for the decades ahead.

Milestones from the last 12 months offer contrasts.

Leaders opened showcases for “green” design and concluded a milestone effort to preserve Tiger Mountain forestland. Tragedy left indelible impressions, too, as a gunman menaced downtown pedestrians on a September morning and turned a school campus into a crime scene.

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts holiday open house

December 6, 2011

Celebrate the season at Swedish/Issaquah as the hospital hosts a daylong holiday open house Dec. 8.

Stop by The Shops at Swedish — the retail offerings in the hospital atrium — for holiday activities and treats. The event is from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the hospital, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive.

Celebrants can see a 7-foot-tall gingerbread house. Children can also help decorate the gingerbread house.

The restaurant at Swedish/ Issaquah, Café 1910, plans to offer free cookie decorating, plus free apple cider and hot cocoa. Enjoy free Starbucks Christmas Blend brewed coffee and 20 percent off most merchandise at the shops Lily and Pearl, Comfort & Joy, Be Well and Perfect Fit.

Storytelling for children is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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