Swedish/Ballard Breaks Ground for New Emergency Department, Outpatient Center

Swedish/Ballard Breaks Ground for New Emergency Department, Outpatient Center

SEATTLE, Sept. 16, 2009 – Starting today, when people ‘Visualize Ballard' as the saying goes, they'll be able to envision the northwest Seattle community being served by a new emergency department and outpatient center that will soon become a reality on the Swedish Medical Center/Ballard Campus.

Swedish/Ballard hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking event Sept. 16 for the medical office building that will be located on Tallman Avenue N.W. near Market Street. Attendees included Seattle City Councilmember Sally Clark and other community leaders; Board members, administrators, physicians and staff from Swedish; as well as representatives from the architectural and general contractor firms involved in the project.

The new 90,000 square-foot building, which will be located next to the existing Medical Plaza Building, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010. Once complete, the new five-story building will house:

  • A new, expanded emergency department
  • An expanded medical imaging center
  • A primary-care clinic and offices
  • Office space for an array of specialty physicians











The Ballard Campus plays a vital role in the Swedish system as a community hospital that allows for a variety of services to be provided close to home. This investment from Swedish is part of an overall redevelopment plan to revitalize the campus and meet the health-care needs of the growing Ballard community.

"We are really excited about the project as an important step toward the re-development of the Ballard campus and our commitment to provide innovative, community-based health care," said Kevin Brown, senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Swedish. "This new plan allows us to expand current services and provides capacity to recruit new physician partners to the community."

Swedish is working jointly on the project and will share ownership with Minneapolis-based Frauenshuh HealthCare Real Estate Solutions. NBBJ is the design architect, Callison is the architect of record and Mortensen Construction is the general contractor on the project.

The collective vision is to design a building that will complement the local area's changing landscape and serve the medical needs of the neighborhood now and into the future.

"Swedish has been helping serve the health-care needs of the Greater Ballard community for many years," said Rayburn Lewis, M.D., executive director and medical director of Swedish/Ballard. "We are really excited about how this new facility will complement existing services at the campus – which include an emergency department, childbirth center, general surgery, orthopedics, addiction recovery, as well as a variety of outpatient services like rehabilitation, medical imaging, cancer care and mammography."

For more information about this project, visit www.swedish.org/ballard or e-mail questions to ballardproject@swedish.org.

About Swedish

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, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of about 40 primary-care and specialty 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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Media Coverage

  • To read a related article that the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce posted on their Web site Sept. 16, click here.
  • To read a related article that www.MyBallard.com posted on their Web site Sept. 16, click here.
  • To read a related article that the Ballard News-Tribune posted on their Web site Sept. 16, click here.
  • To read a related article that www.Seattle/LocalHealthGuide.com posted on their Web site Sept. 16, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Jan. 11, 2010 on MyBallard.com, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Jan. 12, 2010 on the Ballard News-Tribune Web site, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Jan. 13, 2010 on the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce Web site, click here.
  • To read a related article posted Aug. 17, 2010 on the Ballard News-Tribune Web site, click here.
  • To read a relaed article posted Aug. 17, 2010 on MyBallard.com, click here.
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