5 things to know about Swedish Issaquah

May 18, 2011

Despite the winter-like weather, spring is quickly flying by. In honor of it being the fifth month of the year, here are five facts to note about the new Swedish/Issaquah campus located in the Issaquah Highlands.

1: The medical center opens in two phases.

Phase 1 opens in just under two months – on July 14
. This phase includes the opening of the medical office building and outpatient services, including: primary care, emergency room, imaging center, breast-care center, outpatient surgery, cancer center, physical therapy, outpatient lab, testing and treatment center, and specialty-care such as:



  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Colon and Rectal
  • Urology
  • Allergy
  • Pediatric Specialty Care
  • Gastroenterology
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Audiology
  • General Surgery
  • Pulmonology
  • Pain Management
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Spine Care
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Weight-Loss Services
  • Vasectomy
  • Diabetes Education



Phase 2 opens Nov. 1, 2011. As you may have heard, we are several months ahead of schedule and will open the inpatient hospital services earlier than planned. The following services are coming in early November:

  • Inpatient Surgery
  • Labor & Delivery and Postpartum Units
  • Pediatric Inpatient Unit
  • Medical/Surgical Inpatient Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit

2: Get a sneak peak of the new campus on Saturday, July 9.

Save Saturday, July 9 for a day to celebrate with Swedish. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Swedish will be hosting a celebration that promises fun for the whole family. Along with tours, health-education classes, and giveaways, the annual Highlands Day festival will be taking place right next door. More to come!

3: Shop at the New Swedish/Issaquah

In addition to providing an array of medical services, Swedish is enhancing the patient experience by incorporating new retail shops into the facility. Located in the heart of the new Swedish/Issaquah campus, the Shops at Swedish brings together health and wellness products, unique gifts and personalized services. Here’s a look at the shops opening July 14:

  • Be Well: A wellness boutique designed to support healthy lifestyles.
  • Perfect Fit: A fine lingerie boutique offering luxurious sleepwear, fashion-forward intimate apparel and comfortable basics. We also offer a large selection of post-operative breast surgery garments, as well as swimwear, hats, scarves and other accessories for cancer survivors.
  • Comfort & Joy: A warm and welcoming boutique focused on the needs of pregnant women, new moms and babies.
  • Lily and Pearl: A distinctly elegant departure from the traditional hospital gift shop.
  • Flex Space: A multi-use space to gather, learn and stay strong in both mind and body.
  • Caf� 1910: Named for the year that Swedish Hospital was founded, Caf� 1910 features a diverse menu with healthy eating the priority — there are no fryers or soda machines.
  • Adventure Kids Playcare: A unique drop-in childcare and entertainment center for kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.
  • Starbucks: Swedish/Issaquah will have a full-service Starbucks coffee shop opening in the new facility.

(We will post a special blog with more about the retail stores soon.)

4: May includes a major project milestone

The Issaquah project is on track to reach a major milestone by obtaining a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) for the medical office building (MOB), central utility plant, and hospital-wing levels B, ground, and first floor by the end of this month.

Also happening at the site this month:

  • Installation of interior finishes and major medical equipment
  • Asphalt paving and landscaping work
  • Punch-list and commissioning activities happening throughout the MOB and hospital as scheduled for TCO areas
  • Interior build-out of hospital wings levels 2-4
5: Issaquah will be one of the most energy efficient facilities of its kind.


Patients and employees of Swedish/Issaquah will enjoy the benefits of a vibrant medical campus grounded in sustainable, environmentally friendly values and practices. Swedish/Issaquah will be the most energy-efficient medical complex in the region.


The planning team used computer simulation models to assist, among other things, in creating an efficient building envelope, setting insulation requirements for walls and ceilings, and selecting high-efficient heating/cooling equipment and lighting systems to maximize energy performance.

From the outset, Swedish also worked closely with regional electricity and gas utility Puget Sound Energy. The key goals are to integrate advanced technologies and processes that significantly reduce energy consumption, cut our carbon footprint, and lower overall operating costs so Swedish can provide the most cost-effective care.

To read an article all about the facility’s energy efficiency from last year, click here.


And, click here to view a webcam of Swedish/Issaquah. (Webcam live until May 31.)





I wonder how much the facility costs in total, and how much of that is coming from tax dollars, state, county or local?
Jay, thanks for your question.Unlike district hospitals that are tax payer supported (ie, Evergreen, Valley Medical Center, Snoqualmie �), Swedish is a non-profit 501c-3 organization and does not receive any tax subsidies to fund operations. In addition, as a non-profit any revenues in excess of our expenses are used to re-invest in healthcare services for the community. Overall, the Swedish cost for the hospital, ambulatory center, cancer center, medical office building and parking is $365M.
How do I find out about job opportunities at the new Issaquah location?
Jill,Thanks so much for your interest in working at Swedish in Issaquah! Positions for all locations are posted for internal employee access, and many are then posted on our website for external applicants. You may visit our Careers pages (http://swedish.org/About/Careers) at any time and search for positions at our Issaquah location by using the Advanced Search functionality. We have many positions posted for Issaquah now, along with great opportunities at our existing facilities. More positions will be posted for Issaquah in the coming months, so check back often if the perfect position is not posted now.
Who can I contact regarding placement of my hand-made baby items at Comfort and Joy in the new Swedish Issaquah Highlands? I knit and crochet darling hats and sweaters.Thanks,Gail Holt
Hi Gail, thanks for your comment. You can e-mail the retail manager for The Shops at Swedish, Brenda DeVore (brendaDOTdevoreATswedishDOTorg).
Is there some sort of resource that lists the physicians that will have privileges at the new hospital? I want to make sure that I choose an OB who will be able to deliver at Swedish.
Hi Kate,Great question! Here's a list of some of our Swedish/Issaquah providers: http://swedish.org/About/Swedish-News/A-New-Medical-Campus-is-Coming-to-Issaquah/Issaquah-Providers
What is going to become of the old Issaquah Medical Center down near I-90? The new campus is out of my way a bit. Will that building remain open for any purposes?Thanks.
Hi CJM,We're currently evaluating how we can best serve patients with this facility. The sleep clinic will remain there, and we'll keep you posted as other clinics and services are announced.
Both of our kids were born at Swedish Seattle, and we have been patients for years. Having a new, cutting edge hospital here in Issaquah brings Swedish service right to my backyard. We couldn't be happier.However, we are a bit skeptical, and curious about the positioning of the shopping. If the shops are for friends and family of patients staying in the hospital, that is wonderful. I'm not sure that makes business sense, but having alternatives beyond vending machines in waiting rooms is amazing. Easy to understand.However, the shopping seems positioned toward community use. I can't see how Swedish will position around the higher concentration of illness near/at hospitals. Would you want to take your kid to a daycare located in an area with a higher concentration of illness? Or get a coffee? Or exercise?Maybe my assumptions are incorrect and there is a correct response to this question. The shops and services are definitely interesting, but I would like some facts prior to use.Can you offer some guid...
Steve,Our vision for the new Issaquah campus is to be a resource for the community around health and wellness as well as a place that provides safe, high quality medical care. Through many different forums, including a community advisory committee, we asked the community to help define the services to be provided at the new campus. Many of the health and wellness based retail offerings came directly from the community input. In particular, the hourly daycare was one of the top community requests. Among other things, the residents talked about the challenge of finding a safe and convienant place for their young children while coming to see a physician for a wellness exam or visiting a new mom in the hospital. We are trying to break the mold of a traditional "hospital", which in the past has been viewed as only a place to go when you are "sick". In reality, the population flowing through the campus will reflect the general population flowing through other community venues. Thank you for...