Swedish/Edmonds construction in full swing

This map shows the location of the new parking garage (tan area to the left), presently under construction. When the garage opens this June, construction will begin on the new emergency and urgent care facility in what is currently a parking area just east of the present main building (tan area, center).

This map shows the location of the new parking garage (tan area to the left), presently under construction. When the garage opens this June, construction will begin on the new emergency and urgent care facility in what is currently a parking area just east of the present main building (tan area, center).

The dirt is flying on the Swedish/Edmonds campus, as construction crews hustle to ensure that the new parking garage is completed on schedule. Construction began last month, and it needs to be ready for the first cars in June.

“The garage is the critical next step in this phase of our expansion,” said Steve Kaiser, Director of Communications for Swedish/Edmonds. “and will pave the way for construction of our new emergency and urgent care facility, which is due to start this summer.”

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Project manager David Wachob, center, is flanked by Swedish/Edmonds’ Steve Kaiser, left, and Tyler Howren at the construction site of the new parking garage, scheduled for completion in June.  (Photos by Larry Vogel)

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This parking area will be eliminated when construction begins this summer on the new emergency and urgent care expansion.

The new wing will go in just east of the present emergency care center, in what is now a parking area. With parking increasingly tight at Swedish/Edmonds, construction needed to wait until more parking could be provided.

“The new 363-car garage will more than make up for the loss of parking areas E, F and G,” Kaiser said.

The new 2-story expansion will be attached to the present building. It will house both emergency and a new urgent care facility offering fast, targeted, affordable care. The current emergency facility, built in 1970, was designed to serve 25,000 patients annually. Today it serves more than 42,000.

“By serving patients will less critical needs, the urgent care center will take the pressure off emergency care, reduce wait times, and in the end provide better service to our customers,” Kaiser said. “This modern facility will be light and open, providing a combination of increased privacy and a more pleasant environment overall. In the end it’s about putting the patient first, providing the right level of care in the right setting, and giving patients more affordable options that fit their needs.”

This year marks the 50th anniversary of our community’s own hospital and health care facility. Opening in 1964 as a 110-bed hospital, the facility has grown into a major health care center offering world-class care to the community. Originally named Stevens Memorial Hospital in honor of Issac Stevens, Washington’s first territorial governor, it has been part of the Swedish health care system since 2010.

Artist's rendition of the new emergency and urgent care wing. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.

Artist’s rendition of the new emergency and urgent care wing. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer.


— By Larry Vogel

 

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1 Comment

  1. The renderings of the new facility look great. It’s interesting to see how many hospitals are incorporating urgent care into their medical services, as they recognize that sometimes patients don’t necessarily need the full services of an expensive ER visit. At Practice Velocity, an urgent care EMR software company, we see the importance of providing the appropriate medical care to patients today, and care that is affordable. We’ll be interested to see if/how this trend in hospital-based urgent cares will succeed.

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