Swedish Edmonds unveiling new emergency department with grand opening Saturday

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Artist's rendition of the new emergency and urgent care wing.
Artist’s rendition of the new emergency and urgent care wing.

Swedish Edmonds on Friday announced that the second phase of its $63.5-million hospital campus expansion will be open for patients next Tuesday, Nov. 10. To celebrate the upcoming opening, Swedish will be holding a public grand opening event on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The new, two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility features a new front entry and emergency department, a specially-designed section for compassionately and expertly treating behavioral health emergencies, a new outpatient diagnostic imaging space, and a new gift shop and Starbucks coffee shop. The building’s second floor allows for future expansion of clinical services. The facility was designed to offer higher quality patient care in a more welcoming environment.

“This new facility was designed in a very thoughtful and methodical way in order to enhance the experience for patients, family and other members of our community,” said Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive Officer of Swedish Edmonds. “From the flow of the rooms to the placement of the various equipment and supplies, everything is in a strategic location. In fact, as part of the development process, we asked many of our caregivers – including physicians, nurses, and technicians from a variety of departments – to participate in the design process and provide feedback so that the space would be ideal for patient care yet also ease communication and the flow of work for our staff here in Edmonds. This is a beautifully designed and executed addition to the Edmonds campus, and we are looking forward to sharing it with the community.”

Design features of the new building include:

· Visitors are greeted by a dramatic, sloped façade along a wide, sweeping driveway, embellished with a 15-foot-tall water wall.

· A new public lobby – a 7,600-square-foot concourse – is open, inviting and comforting.

· A new emergency department with 28 exam rooms (including four dedicated behavioral health rooms and two trauma rooms), and a rapid medical evaluation area.

· A leading edge technology dual energy CT scanner, which provides improved medical imaging at the same or lower radiation dose.

· A tall vertical installation in the lobby features old-growth logs harvested and repurposed from the Puget Sound’s long-standing logging industry. The logs, which have been lying as driftwood in the Sound for more than 60 years, are estimated to be over 200 years old and symbolize Edmonds’ own deep history as a shingle mill town.

· The new lobby also features a heritage wall, which the project team conceived to celebrate the industry, architecture, and activity of Edmonds throughout the years. On the wall are 10 laser-etched woodcuts created using authentic photographs provided by the Edmonds Historical Museum that illustrate the area’s rich heritage.

Community members are invited to bring family and friends for a tour of the facility and to listen to remarks by Swedish leadership at the grand opening public event this Saturday. Free food and drink from local vendors will be provided as well as a variety of community activities. The address is 21601 76th Ave. W. in Edmonds.

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