Soccer club partners with Swedish/Issaquah

April 15, 2014

Swedish/Issaquah announced a new partnership with the Issaquah Soccer Club Gunners, making it the youth soccer organization’s title sponsor.

As part of the agreement, Swedish will provide team uniform kits, medical support for events and tournaments, and organize education programs for parents and coaches on important topics such as youth sports injury and prevention, and concussion awareness.

“We are impressed by the commitment of ISC Gunners to introduce young athletes to sports while instilling the virtues of teamwork, discipline and fitness,” Dr. Rayburn Lewis, Swedish/Issaquah’s chief executive, said in a news release.

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Legacy quilt goes to comfort recoveries

April 1, 2014

A rare quilt made by famous Issaquah resident Beryl Baxter was gifted late last year to a foundation that helps women battling cancer.

JoAnne Matsumura obtained the quilt from Baxter’s estate and then donated it to Northwest Hope and Healing. The nonprofit organization then raffled it online through its website, and Matsumura matched the funds raised.

Contributed This Beryl Baxter quilt was donated to Northwest Hope & Healing and raised more than $3,610 for Puget Sound-area women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

This Beryl Baxter quilt was donated to Northwest Hope & Healing and raised more than $3,610 for Puget Sound-area women diagnosed with breast or gynecological cancer.

Baxter, born in 1912, was a member of the Bush and Wold families, pioneering clans of the Issaquah Valley. The Quilt Lady, as she was called, made more than 100 quilts by hand. On average, she made one quilt per month during her heyday, all displaying diverse patterns and exact hand stitching. She died in 1999.

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Local psychologist to address MS support group

March 4, 2014

Clinical psychologist Dr. Maria Elena Lara will be the guest speaker at the March 12 meeting of the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group.

Lara will discuss how people living with degenerative neurological diseases can still lead full, rewarding lives at the 9:30 a.m. meeting at Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive.

It’s a philosophy that will likely resonate with the support group members that have nicknamed themselves the “No Whiners.”

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Swedish/Issaquah hosts health care insurance sign up Feb. 24

February 22, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Feb. 22, 2014

Patients, their families and the community are invited to a Affordable Care Act Health Insurance sign up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at Swedish/Issaquah, 751 N.E. Blakely Drive.

If you cannot attend, call 206-386-6996 to set up an appointment.

Hospital builds a reputation in Issaquah

February 21, 2014

Reputation. The success of any institution or business relies heavily upon its ability to solidify its reputation within the community. Sell the best widget or provide the best service and the reputation will follow. Somewhere within the halls of the Swedish/Issaquah is a wall that is filling fast with the awards and accolades earned from its growing reputation as one of the best patient care facilities in the nation.

When the facility officially opened after the completion of Phase 1 on Nov. 1, 2011, it didn’t take long before its emergency room received a 2012 Summit Award for patient satisfaction.

Then, in December 2013, Swedish/Issaquah was named one of The Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals in the nation, providing the highest quality of patient care in a survey of more than 1,300 hospitals.

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Swedish/Issaquah names new chief executive

February 18, 2014

Dr. Rayburn Lewis, Swedish/Cherry Hill chief operating officer, has been named the new chief executive of Swedish/Issaquah.

He began work in his new role Feb. 10 and replaced retiring Swedish/Issaquah Chief Executive Chuck Salmon.

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Local nurses receive DAISY Award

December 17, 2013

Two local nurses received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, presented by The DAISY Foundation and UnitedHealthcare.

Un Jeoung Back, who works at Swedish/Issaquah, and Corri Ford, who works at Swedish Cherry Hill but lives in Issaquah, both received certificates commending them for being an “Extraordinary Nurse.”

Un Jeoung Back

Un Jeoung Back

Corri Ford

Corri Ford

The certificate reads: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

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City wants a college to replace Microsoft campus

December 10, 2013

An educational institution might replace the vision of an Issaquah Highlands Microsoft campus.

The city will begin the process of establishing a development agreement with the new landowner, Polygon Northwest, in the coming weeks. Microsoft sold the 63-acre parcel in October for an undisclosed amount. In the meantime, Issaquah Economic Development Director Keith Niven gave a view of what the city hopes to see in the final document.

“That land would allow for a lot of different things to happen, including residential,” Niven said, explaining what the aim is for the final deal. “We’re just trying to work towards where they can build what they want and the city can work to find an employment hub up in the highlands.”

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Swedish/Issaquah receives new highlands development agreement

November 26, 2013

Swedish Hospital will build new medical offices in the Issaquah Highlands after receiving a new development agreement from the city Nov. 18.

In a unanimous decision, the Issaquah City Council finished a process it began last spring to craft a new agreement with Swedish. The agreement encompasses 28.26 acres north of the existing Swedish/Issaquah campus between Northeast Blakely Drive and Northeast Discovery Drive. Swedish has signed a preliminary agreement to purchase the blocks north of the existing hospital, about 10 acres, for medical offices.

The latest milestone comes as Port Blakely Communities, master developer of the Issaquah Highlands, winds down its active involvement in the urban village. Port Blakely is negotiating with landowners to complete sales of remaining property.

Swedish development agreement revised

September 24, 2013

Economic Development Director Keith Niven presented a revised Swedish Hospital development agreement to the City Council Land & Shore Committee Sept. 10.

Over the past six months, the city has worked with the hospital on an agreement for Swedish to expand into the 10 acres north of its existing location. Specifically, Swedish wishes to include a number of medical-related service providers, such as physical therapists and additional staff offices within the proposed development. In the draft agreement, the hospital also included a number of sky bridges it would build, connecting the buildings.

Because the Issaquah Highlands’ development agreement expires in 2017, it may not be enough time for Swedish to build the project. The city has moved quickly to come up with a new contract.

Niven said that the council hoped to approve the agreement by the end of October. The revised agreement can be viewed at



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