Swedish Completes Extensive Ballard Redevelopment – Larger Emergency Department and Outpatient Cente

Swedish Completes Extensive Ballard Redevelopment – Larger Emergency Department and Outpatient Center Highlight Expansion

SEATTLE, Nov. 1, 2010 – Since the former Ballard Community Hospital’s merger with Swedish Medical Center in 1992, local residents knew they could count on the hospital for quality care close to home. Now they can expect even more.

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, Swedish Ballard opens a new 90,000 square-foot medical office building (MOB), located at 5350 Tallman Ave. N.W. near Market Street. It houses a greatly expanded emergency department, a larger medical imaging center, new outpatient services, a primary-care clinic and office space for a wide range of specialty physicians. It is connected to the hospital via a new sky bridge.

“These major additions demonstrate our commitment to being an integral part of Ballard,” said Rayburn Lewis, M.D., Swedish Ballard executive director and medical director. “’We’re here for good’ is the message we’re sending everywhere.”

Community members can tour the building during a public open house on Saturday, Nov. 6 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information about this free public celebration, including a complete schedule of events, visit www.swedish.org/ballard.

Services available in the new facility complement those long existing on the Swedish Ballard campus, including a family childbirth center, general surgery, orthopedics, addiction recovery, rehabilitation and many others.

Said Kevin Brown, Swedish senior vice president and chief administrative officer, “Now we have the clear capacity to recruit new physician partners to the community. And the hospital will be a magnet to attract other healthcare-related businesses to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Swedish worked jointly on the $35 million redevelopment project and will share ownership with Minneapolis-based Frauenshuh HealthCare Real Estate Solutions. Seattle-based Callison was the project architect and Mortenson Construction was general contractor.

Swedish Ballard not only expanded its core of clinical services, it also provided a neighborhood gathering place in the form of a community garden near the reconfigured front entrance. Ballard residents Clarence R. ‘Bud’ and Maurine J. Eldridge generously donated the funding and established a vision for the garden space. It serves as a tribute to their 68 years of marriage and their long-standing commitment to Swedish and the Ballard community. A sculpture commissioned to honor the Eldridges, ‘Gesture and Button Stones,’ by local artist John Hoge, stands in the garden’s courtyard. The entire area is open to the public, as well as to patients and families for rest and reflection.

“The redevelopment has definitely created a renewed sense of pride and engagement throughout all our staff,” said Jennifer Graves, R.N., Swedish Ballard nurse executive. “We’ve seen many powerful examples of people starting to work differently across departments, all in a concerted effort to add value to patient care.”

The clinic that will be on the fourth floor of the new medical office building is called Ballard Primary Care. This Swedish-owned practice (formerly called Swedish Physicians Ballard Clinic) has been in existence for years located just west of the medical center in the Ballard Building right off of Market St. Now that the clinic is moving into a larger space, it is also expanding the number of physicians and support staff. “As a long-time internal medicine physician in Ballard, I can validate just how beneficial this move and expansion will be to our ability to care for Ballard-area residents throughout their lives,” said Warren Fein, M.D., who practices at Ballard Primary Care and is medical director of the 14-clinic Swedish Medical Group, which this clinic is part of.

Big Changes in the Emergency Department

Ray Jarris, M.D., Swedish Ballard Emergency Department (ED) medical director, is particularly pleased with the expanded and enhanced 17,000-square-foot ED. It has separate entrances for ambulances and walk-in patients, plus a trauma room and high-acuity room. “We’ve completely redesigned patient flow to ensure no one needing care sits in a waiting room,” he said. “New systems and procedures allow us to quickly and accurately evaluate patients, and then move them to one of 18 private emergency treatment rooms or to a hospital bed if necessary, even to a safe discharge home.”

The Swedish Ballard ED has more than 65 full- and part-time staff. That includes eight physicians, eight physician assistants, 32 registered nurses and 10 technicians. Registered Nurses escort patients to treatment rooms and then staff act in concert so care can start immediately. With Swedish’s system-wide Epic electronic health record, patients only need to tell their story to caregivers once. Each treatment room has a flat-screen television and the entire ED is WiFi-enabled.

“Our waiting area will be a space to get information or test results, not a place to be ‘parked’ and get frustrated,” said Dr. Jarris, who has been at Swedish more than 25 years. “When people come to our front door, how they are treated sets their expectation for the whole hospital experience.”

Within the new ED is a radiology suite for plain X-ray films, backed up by advanced CT scanners and an MRI unit upstairs. Lab samples can be drawn by nurses and technicians for simple bedside testing with rapid results, or sent via vacuum tube to the medical center’s full-service laboratory.

The Swedish Ballard emergency department gets around 20,000 visits a year now and Dr. Jarris predicts the community will respond favorably to the new, upgraded facility. “Patients can have absolute confidence they’ll get Swedish-level attention in their own neighborhood. We want to set the standard for efficient, high-quality care while offering the best patient experience in the state.”

Dr. Jarris and Scott Ingham, president of consulting firm The Elliott Bay Group, are co-chairs of the new Swedish/Ballard Community Advisory Council made up of community representatives, business leaders and other stakeholders. The group’s purpose is to be Swedish’s external eyes and ears and to help shape the medical center’s future.

Key Clinical Components

A new advanced Imaging Center consolidates most medical imaging services in one location on the second floor of the new medical office building. It features an MRI (1.5-T), a 16-slice CT, high-resolution ultrasound, as well as radiographic imaging. Screening and diagnostic mammography remain in a recently renovated area of the medical center.

The next addition to the Swedish Ballard campus will be a 4,000-square-foot Radiation Treatment Center, featuring TomoTherapy®. Part of the comprehensive cancer care provided through the Swedish Cancer Institute, the new center will provide advanced radiation therapy in a calm and comforting setting. The TomoTherapy unit, the only unit of its kind in King County, will be located in a new, two-story building across the street from the medical center’s main entrance on Tallman Ave. It is scheduled to open in early 2011.

The new Radiation Treatment Center will complement Swedish Ballard’s existing Outpatient Center that offers a comfortable, caring environment for those who require ongoing or one-time treatments and procedures, including:

  • Infusions
  • Blood and blood-product transfusions
  • Intramuscular and subcutaneous injections
  • Chemo, monoclonal and hormone therapies
  • Central-venous device access, maintenance and blood draws

Unique Services at Swedish/Ballard

Swedish Ballard supports local employers through an innovative Employer Medical Assistance program that provides a bridge between local employers and the vast services available through Swedish. The goal is to help employers maintain a healthy work force by providing job-related tests and screenings, treatments for occupational injuries and assistance in scheduling the necessary appointment.

In March 2009, Swedish opened the Community Health Medical Home (CHMH) on the Ballard campus. This model is a sensible, proven way to provide primary care at a lower cost and with better results. More than merely a place, a medical home is a comprehensive approach to care for people of all ages and both genders. The emphasis is two-fold: On preventive and wellness care (e.g., immunizations, well-child visits, women’s care, health education, etc.), and on chronic disease management for diabetes, hypertension, depression, asthma and other complicated, expensive-to-treat conditions. Medical homes are built around ongoing relationships among patients, their personal physicians and health-care teams of nurses, counselors and other professionals.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.swedish.org/ballard.

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds – 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. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard. More recently, Swedish announced plans to open freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facilities in Mill Creek and Redmond. 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.


Notes to Media

• Reporters are invited to be part of a special media tour at 10 a.m. on Thurs, Nov. 4. To coordinate attendance and access to key Swedish Ballard spokespeople, contact media@swedish.org, 206-295-4867 (cell), or 206-998-5028 (pager).

• Swedish will have a professional photographer at the grand-opening events. Any media outlet wanting photo(s) sent to them afterward can request them from .

Grand Opening Events   

Thursday, Nov. 4: VIP Day

  • 10 a.m. – Media tour
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Emergency responders tour
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Referring provider tour
  • 5:30-8 p.m. – VIP open house

Friday, Nov. 5: Employee open house from 3:30-7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 6: Public open house from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Construction Facts and Figures

Project Team     

Medical Office Building (MOB) Size and Configuration

  • 90,000 gross square feet
  • 17,825 gross square feet per floor
  • A 90' sky bridge connects the third floor of the medical center to the second floor of the new medical office building

Floors, Programs/Services

  • First floor: Emergency Department
  • Second floor: Diagnostic Imaging Department
  • Third floor: Swedish Physicians primary-care clinic
  • Fourth floor: Swedish OB/GYN Specialists and Swedish Midwifery & Women’s Health
  • Fifth floor: In process

Project Schedule    

  • Construction started: Oct. 12, 2009
  • Structural steel topping off: Jan. 11, 2010
  • Construction completed: Nov. 3, 2010

Construction Workers, Safety Record

  • Peaked at about 90 workers on site
  • More than 130,000 hours worked with only one minor material-handling injury

Structural Steel

  • Structural steel was erected in 18 working days
  • 1,186,142 pounds of steel
  • 1,574 pieces of steel
  • There are 17 columns that support X-bracing. Each column has about 30 linear feet of welding that was done onsite


  • Placed roughly 2,300 cubic yards of concrete


  • The building features 223 individual window openings

Summary of Services Available at Swedish/Ballard 

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Anesthesiology
  • Audiology
  • Bone Health and Osteoporosis
  • Cancer Medical Treatment Center
  • Cardiology
  • Cardiopulmonary
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Community Health Clinic
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Department
  • Family Childbirth Center
  • Gastroenterology
  • Imaging Center (X-ray, CT and MRI)
  • Laboratory
  • Midwifery
  • Neurology
  • Primary Care (Swedish Medical Group – Ballard Primary Care)
  • Radiation Treatment (TomoTherapy)
  • Obstetrics (Swedish OB/Gyn Specialists)
  • Occupational Therapy (Rehabilitation)
  • Oncology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy (Rehabilitation)
  • Podiatry
  • Polyclinic
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery (General)
  • Urology
  • Women’s and Infants Center
  • Women’s Imaging Center (mammography)

Media Coverage

  • To read a related article posted Nov. 2 on the Ballard News-Tribune Web site, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Nov. 3 on the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Web site, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Nov. 4 on the Ballard News-Tribune Web site, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Nov. 4 on MyBallard.com, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Nov. 6 on SeattlePI.com, click here.
  • To read a related 'At Large in Ballard' column posted Nov. 8 in the Ballard News-Tribune, click here.
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