Wells Fargo is latest Issaquah Highlands tenant

February 2, 2013

NEW — 2 p.m. Feb. 2, 2013

Wells Fargo is the latest announced tenant for the long-planned Issaquah Highlands retail center, Grand Ridge Plaza.

San Francisco-based Wells Fargo plans to open a 2,600-square-foot branch at Highlands Drive Northeast and Northeast Federal Drive by September.

Customers can expect to see “green” features in the business, such as energy efficient light fixtures, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and sustainably grown and harvested wood materials.

The company also announced plans to open 15 to 20 outposts throughout the Puget Sound region in the next five years.

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Swedish/Issaquah welcomes first baby born in 2013

January 8, 2013

Luz Maria Mazariegos, a first-time mother and Issaquah resident, holds the first baby born at Swedish/Issaquah in 2013, 8-pound, 1-ounce Adrien. Contributed

Swedish/Issaquah welcomed the first baby born at the hospital in 2013 at 3:33 a.m. Jan. 1.

Luz Maria and Enrique Mazariegos, first-time parents and Issaquah residents, welcomed a baby boy, Adrien.

Adrien weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 20.5 inches. Dr. Maria Holmes, obstetrician-gynecologist at Issaquah Women’s Clinic, served as the delivering physician.

The Shops at Swedish and the Starbucks in the Swedish/Issaquah lobby donated a newborn gift basket to the Mazariegos family.

The hospital’s Childbirth Center delivered 960 babies last year.

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Local family welcomes first baby born at Swedish/Issaquah in 2013

January 3, 2013

Luz Maria Mazariegos, a first-time mother and Issaquah resident, holds the first baby born at Swedish/Issaquah in 2013, 8-pound, 1-ounce Adrien. Contributed

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 3, 2013

Swedish/Issaquah welcomed the first baby born at the hospital in 2013 at 3:33 a.m. Tuesday.

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Issaquah fire station, hospital earn honors for energy efficiency

January 1, 2013

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 in 2011 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. The organization announced the recipients Nov. 9.

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Who’s News

December 25, 2012

Swedish/Issaquah receives patient satisfaction honor

The Swedish/Issaquah emergency room was recently named a 2012 Summit Award Winner by Press Ganey Associates.

The ER received the award by achieving and maintaining patient satisfaction scores in the 95th percentile or above for at least three consecutive years. The Swedish/Issaquah team also won in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Press Ganey Summit Award is the health care satisfaction industry’s most coveted symbol of achievement bestowed annually. The Swedish/Issaquah ER is one of 114 health care facilities in the country to receive the prestigious honor in 2012, and one of only 101 to receive it for achieving and sustaining excellence in patient satisfaction.

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Birth: Grady Joseph Forkner

December 18, 2012

Grady Joseph Forkner

Dan and Sarah Forkner welcomed son Grady Joseph to their Issaquah home Nov. 9, 2012.

Grady was born at Swedish/Issaquah, weighing 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 20 1/2 inches.

His grandparents are Patty and Thom Miller, of Issaquah; Joe and Michele Forkner, of Issaquah; and Gary and Elaine Brummett/Haines, of Arkansas.

Great-grandparents are Evelyn Miller, of Pittsburgh; Hank Miller, of Pittsburgh; and Jim and Audrey Forkner, of Spokane.

Sarah is a 2000 graduate of Skyline High School. She is a second-grade teacher at Grand Ridge Elementary School.

Dan is a 1996 graduate of Issaquah High School.

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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 holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

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Knit For Life crafts partnership at Swedish/Issaquah

November 20, 2012

Volunteers Leslie Albro (left) and Ellen Harbison knit and converse while waiting for members to join the session. By Lauren LeMieux

Tanya Parieaux was taught to knit by her grandmother when she was a little girl. Many years later, the craft would comfort her in an unexpected way.

Knitting helped her get through her battle with breast cancer. She was first diagnosed in 1996 and for a second time in 2009.

“I had a hard time focusing on television and reading books and things, because I just keep thinking I have cancer, I have cancer, I have cancer,” Parieaux said. Knitting “ was something I did where time would pass so quickly.”

It didn’t take Parieaux long to share the comfort she found in knitting with others. In 1997, she began going around the high-dose chemo floor at the University of Washington Medical Center with a big basket of yarn and needles. She offered lessons and materials to anyone who wanted to participate.

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