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 http://bit.ly/1gTCE4F.



Alumna group seeks book donations for local child patients

September 17, 2013

Members of the Bellevue-Eastside Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women Alumnae Club will be in the lobby of the Issaquah campus of Swedish Medical Center collecting new or gently used books for children Sept. 25.

The event is a continuation of a project the group, whose fraternity’s philanthropy is literacy, started last year.

“About a year ago, we got together and decided we need a project that helps our local community,” said Claire Cahill, a member of the group.

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Team Survivor hosts free fitness classes

September 10, 2013

Join Team Survivor Northwest at Swedish/Issaquah for free fitness classes for female cancer survivors. “Active Women/Healthy Women” is from 6-7 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 18.

The class, which is filled on a drop-in basis, will focus on building strength, but will also include stretching and cardio.

Team Survivor Northwest, a Seattle-based nonprofit, was started by Dr. Julie Gralow in 1995 when some of her patients asked her to supervise their triathlon training.

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Swedish hospital eyes 2014 expansion

August 13, 2013

City planners expect to finalize a Swedish/Issaquah development agreement to expand the hospital in October.

Executives introduced plans to convert 28 acres adjacent to the existing hospital into an additional facility this past spring. To accomplish the goal, Swedish seeks the establishment of a new development agreement that will allow the addition of 150,000 square feet to 180,000 square feet in the form of a new multi-use building.

Talks with the city continued during the Aug. 6 Urban Village Development Commission meeting. City planners and Swedish leaders had hoped to come to an agreement by the end of the summer. However, the timeline has since shifted, according to city Development Services Land Development Manager Lucy Sloman.

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Speak out for Alzheimer’s rights Aug. 5

July 9, 2013

Come to Swedish/Issaquah from 9-11 a.m. Aug. 5 to participate in a town hall meeting with the Alzheimer’s Association, Western and Central Washington State Chapter.

The meeting’s goal is to highlight and solicit feedback on public policy initiatives, including the National Alzheimer’s Plan, which touches on issues such as caregiver support, expanding research and public awareness. All public input will be recorded and used to inform the association’s work in advancing public priorities for the community.

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Issaquah Swedish to expand infant facilities

June 25, 2013

On July 8, Swedish/Issaquah will open its new Level II Nursery, which will provide specialized treatment to babies born up to 34 weeks early. Previously, doctors transferred premature newborns born at Swedish/Issaquah to hospitals with more facilities, such as Swedish/First Hill in Seattle.

Construction will continue on the nursery after the opening, expanding the facility from the initial eight rooms to 15 rooms by 2014.

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