EDMONDS, WASH., Nov. 28, 2011 – More than 500 hundred people attended the Swedish/Edmonds Imagine Gala, Celebrating Change – an event benefitting the hospital and the community. Held Nov. 18 at Lynnwood Convention Center, the Gala included live music, dinner, as well as silent and live auctions that raised more than $420,000 to support the funding of charity care and a major expansion of cancer services at Swedish/Edmonds.
A new two-story, medical oncology facility on the hospital’s campus, as well as renovation of the adjacent existing radiation therapy center, will provide comprehensive cancer-care services close to home for residents of Edmonds and other communities in north King and south Snohomish counties. The new cancer facility is on schedule to open in 2012.
“All of us, including our doctors, nurses, clinical and administrative staff, are excited to build and expand access to state-of-the-art oncology care and research in the local community,” says Richard McGee, M.D., F.A.C.P., an oncologist and hematologist at Swedish/Edmonds and president of Puget Sound Cancer Centers. “The new cancer center and renovation of the existing facility will provide residents living north of Seattle with increased access to cancer medications, new treatment modalities and expanded access to new clinical trials.”
Dr. McGee was among the guest speakers at the Imagine Gala as well as Rod Hochman, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Swedish, and David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer for Swedish/Edmonds.
“Swedish/Edmonds is committed to ensuring it has resources needed to create the best facilities, incorporate the best technologies and attract the best physicians, nurses and staff to care for patients,” says Jaffe. “Thank you to everyone who attended the Imagine Gala and generously supported our mission of providing the community with the highest quality health care possible.”
The Campaign for Swedish, which is the largest fund-raising campaign in the Swedish Foundation’s history, has raised more than $84 million to date as well as helped fund a wide range of programs and initiatives across the Swedish system since it began in 2007. To make a donation to The Campaign for Swedish, visit www.campaignforswedish.org. Gifts can be earmarked for activities at Swedish/Edmonds or for a broad range of other needs.
Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of 1,200-plus. On Sept. 1, 2010, the former Stevens Hospital affiliated with Swedish Health Services – the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. Swedish/Edmonds offers a range of services including cardiac and cancer care, obstetrics, emergency medicine, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, and services from the only inpatient mental health program in Snohomish County. In 2011, Swedish/Edmonds was one of only three hospitals in Washington state to receive the Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence™ Award from HealthGrades®, an independent health-care ratings organization. In addition to the award for clinical excellence, Swedish/Edmonds received top, five-star ratings from HealthGrades for treatment of stroke, pneumonia and overall gastrointestinal services. For more information, visit www.swedish.org/edmonds.