Swedish Acquires Site for New Clinic in Cle Elum; The Community Group, Life Support, is a Key Partne

Swedish Acquires Site for New Clinic in Cle Elum; The Community Group, Life Support, is a Key Partner

SEATTLE AND CLE ELUM, WASH., May 13, 2010 – Swedish this week completed the purchase of a 2,900-square-foot building at 214 W. First St. in downtown Cle Elum. The structure will be fully renovated to house the state-of-the-art Swedish Physicians Cle Elum clinic. The current owner and occupant is Erma’s Clip & Curl salon.

Life Support, an active community organization which raises money to enhance medical services in Upper Kittitas County, has been working with Swedish on this project for the past two years. It was chiefly responsible for securing the funds to acquire the clinic site.

Construction is slated to begin Tuesday, June 1 and a community open house is being planned for Saturday, Oct. 30. Seattle-based architectural firm, Callison, designed the renovation of this existing structure.“Swedish is committed to augmenting quality health care available in other parts of the state,” said Ray Williams, vice president of the Swedish Physician Division. “We have a very busy clinic in the city of Snoqualmie and it just made sense to extend services east along the I-90 corridor. In Cle Elum, we have secured an excellent location, with good visibility and parking.”The clinic will be home to a primary-care physician, clinic manager and support staff. It will offer basic and advanced medical care, plus X-ray and laboratory services. Swedish is also looking at a variety of telehealth-enabled technologies that could be brought to the community.

“Life Support is excited about our partnership with Swedish, which is one of most comprehensive non-profit health-care providers in the region,” said Board Chair Kris Nielsen. “The property purchase is the next step in the process of meeting our community’s long-term health goals.”

Added Cheri Marusa, Founder and President of Life Support, “We owe a big thank-you to all our volunteers and supporters. We still have a long road ahead to the realization of Life Support’s comprehensive vision and we thank Swedish for seeing the potential in this community and making a commitment to help support the health-care needs of Kittitas County."

Life Support and Swedish will continue to jointly explore the development of primary care, preventive and wellness programs, emergent care, and cardiac/stroke intervention in conjunction with other local providers, including Kittitas Valley Community Hospital in Ellensburg.

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health-care provider in the Greater Seattle area over the last 100 years. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area, including six in east King County (Snoqualmie, Pine Lake, Issaquah, Redmond, Factoria and Crossroads). This year, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands (www.swedishissaquah.org), a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Redmond, as well as a medical office building and ambulatory care center in Ballard. In addition to general medical and surgical care, 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. For more information, visit www.swedish.org and www.swedish100.org.

About Life Support

Life Support is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing emergency medical services and health care throughout Washington state’s Upper Kittitas County. Since its inception in August 1999, the volunteer-based organization has worked to raise funds to improve the emergency medical services and health care in the 800-square-mile area and surrounding communities. Life Support, which began with five community members, has grown to more than 30 dedicated volunteers and is guided by an experienced Board of Directors. For the foreseeable future, this small, rural area will struggle to support the accelerating emergency medical services and health-care demands of the millions of travelers, recreationalists and residents who expect and need a reliable and modern medical support system. To meet the challenges of today and the demands of the future, Life Support’s fund-raising and advocacy efforts are aimed at helping enable responsive emergency medical services and health care for the benefit and safety of the community, visitors, and travelers along the I-90 corridor. For more information, visit www.lifesupporti90.org.

About Callison

Callison is an international architecture firm specializing in urban planning, mixed-use, residential, retail, health care, corporate, mission critical and hospitality in markets worldwide. With offices in Seattle, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Shanghai, London, Dubai, Mexico City and Mumbai, Callison is one of the largest design firms based in the United States with 500 professional staff. Callison creates places that amplify market share for Fortune 500 companies and international leaders with a design approach that drives business goals. For more information visit, www.callison.com.

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Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted May 13 on the Ellensburg Daily Record Web site, click here.
  • To read a related op-ed posted May 14 on the Ellensburg Daily Record Web site, click here.
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