Community Invited to Celebrate Hospital’s Half-Century History and Building for the Future
EDMONDS, WA — Aug. 29, 2014 — To mark a half-century of health care service to the community and the groundbreaking for Swedish Edmonds’ largest expansion in 40 years, the community is invited to a celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 4-6 p.m. The celebration will take place on the east side of the hospital, the future site of a $63.5 million expansion to the existing hospital campus. Celebration activities will include:
- Groundbreaking ceremony for the planned hospital expansion – a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility that will include a new emergency department (ED), urgent care, observation unit, outpatient diagnostic imaging center, new lobby, public space, 37,000-square-foot shelled second floor and more
- Time capsule dedication and hall of history display acknowledging the hospital’s 50-year history and achievements over the decades
- Refreshments served
“The hospital first opened its doors in January 1964 and that year we admitted about 3,400 patients and cared for 4,200 patients in our ED,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish Edmonds. “Today, Swedish Edmonds cares for more than 8,600 admitted patients and nearly 45,000 ED patients each year. We’ve grown tremendously over the years and our hospital expansion will help us continue to meet the growing needs of our community for many decades to come.”
Site preparation is already under way for the hospital expansion project with completion of the new ED, urgent care center, new lobby, public space and new front entry anticipated to take place fall 2015. The outpatient diagnostic imaging center and observation unit are scheduled for completion in February 2016. To learn more about the expansion and see renderings of the new facility, please go to www.swedish.org/edmondsexpansion.
Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of about 1,400 employees. The hospital is nationally recognized having received an ‘A’ grade in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 updates to the national Hospital Safety Score, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. Swedish/Edmonds has also been honored with the Emergency Nurse Association 2014 Lantern Award and Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ Award from HealthGrades®, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, in 2011 and 2012. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/edmonds.
Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. In 2012, Swedish provided more than $130 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit www.swedish.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.