Construction Begins on Biggest Project at Swedish Edmonds in 40 Years

September 12, 2014

By Swedish News

300 Guests Celebrate Hospital’s Half-Century History and Building for the Future

EDMONDS, WA — Sept. 12, 2014 — The mood was festive as about 300 community members celebrated the hospital’s 50th anniversary and groundbreaking milestones at Swedish Edmonds on Wednesday. Shovels plunged into dirt that will be covered one year from now by a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility to include a new emergency department (ED), urgent care center, observation unit, outpatient diagnostic imaging center, new lobby, front entry, 37,000-square-foot shelled second floor and more.

“This is a historic moment for the community we serve at Swedish Edmonds,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at the hospital. “With this new facility, we can meet the growing healthcare needs for decades to come and offer an unmatched patient experience.”

The hospital opened in 1964 as a result of voters approving the establishment of Snohomish County Public Hospital District #2 in 1962. Back then, the entire facility and property cost $2 million. The new expansion will cost over $60 million.

When the building is constructed, a time capsule will be placed in a cornerstone of the building and a small plaque will identify the location. Along with hospital-related objects destined for the time capsule, a Hostess Twinkie will also go inside to test the urban myth about shelf life for the cream-filled sponge cake snack.

To learn more about the expansion and see renderings of the new facility, please go to

Caption: Ceremonial gold shovels break ground on what will be the site of the largest construction project at Swedish Edmonds in 40 years. The celebration also honored the hospital’s 50 years of healthcare service. Dignitaries included (left to right), Bob Knowles, Verdant Health Commission president; Babu Rajendran, medical staff president; Dave Earling, mayor of Edmonds; David Wachob, construction project manager, Tyler Howren, senior project manager, Nancy Wood, nurse executive; Tim Roddy, chief medical officer; Sarah Zabel, vice president of operations and integration; David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish Edmonds; Tony Armada, chief executive of Swedish Health Services, Jay Halleran, NBBJ managing partner; Bryan Hall, construction project manager and Bob McCleskey, Sellen president and CEO.

About Swedish/Edmonds

Swedish/Edmonds is licensed for 217 beds with a professional staff of about 1,400 employees. The hospital is nationally recognized having received an ‘A’ grade in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 updates to the national Hospital Safety Score, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. Swedish/Edmonds has also been honored with the Emergency Nurse Association 2014 Lantern Award and Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence Award from HealthGrades®, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings, in 2011 and 2012. For more information, visit

About Swedish

Swedish has grown over the last 103 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group, a network of more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. In addition to general medical and surgical care including robotic-assisted surgery, 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. In 2012, Swedish provided more than $130 million in community benefit in Western Washington. For more information, visit, or