SEATTLE, Nov. 28, 2007 – The Swedish Board of Trustees yesterday approved a $31.5 million expenditure to fund development of a new outpatient center and medical office building on the Ballard Campus in northwest Seattle. Construction is expected to begin in 2008 and be completed in late 2009.
After first announcing plans to redevelop the Ballard Campus in the summer of 2006, this decision is the latest move on Swedish’s part to update and expand the facility to better meet the changing community’s current and future health-care needs.
The preferred location for the five-story, roughly 105,000 square-foot complex will be along Tallman Avenue near Market Street on land that Swedish already owns and which is currently home to a ground-level parking lot and a small, unoccupied building. The plot is located adjacent to the Medical Plaza Building.
The complex will house a new emergency department, medical imaging center, outpatient surgery, primary care and specialty physician offices, along with laboratory services. At the same time, Swedish Ballard will continue to grow inpatient offerings, including its childbirth center, orthopedics program, surgical services, medicine and addiction recovery, as well as the community hospital’s other outpatient services.
“This is great news for Swedish and the community. The new medical office building will attract more physician specialists to Ballard, making more specialty services available close to home. But they’ll also have access to the vast resources of the Swedish system if they need it,” said Swedish Ballard Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Brown. “The new facility will be designed with the patient in mind, and it will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including an MRI, CT scanner and digital mammography.”
The 163-bed facility that is now Swedish Ballard was the area’s first community hospital, founded in 1928. Ballard Community Hospital merged with Swedish in 1992. Swedish Ballard is now home to an array of facilities and services, including addiction recovery services, outpatient cancer care, a childbirth center, midwife services, emergency department, health education classes, orthopedics, primary care, rehabilitation (physical therapy), surgical services, and a women’s imaging center.
“Living and working in Ballard, I know firsthand how much the community is thriving and changing. The redevelopment plan will ensure that our campus can meet the changing needs of this community. It is great news for everyone who lives and works in the northwest Seattle area,” said Swedish Ballard Chief of Staff Shawn West, M.D.
Although an architectural firm and general contractor have not yet been chosen, Swedish will announce in early 2008 what organizations will work on the project.
“As a community hospital, the Ballard Campus is an important member of the Swedish system. The employees, physicians and volunteers who work here have done an amazing job. Our patient-satisfaction levels are among the highest within Swedish, and our operating performance over the last six months has been phenomenal. We are all thrilled about the redevelopment plan,” said Swedish Ballard Operations Director David Kiehn.
Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard – a freestanding emergency department and specialty center in Issaquah, a Home Care Services division and Swedish Physicians – a network of 12 primary-care clinics. 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, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org
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