ISSAQUAH, WASH., Nov. 2, 2011 – There is no better way to celebrate opening a new hospital than by welcoming a new baby into the world. Today, Swedish Medical Center’s new hospital in Issaquah did just that. The $365 million facility opened its inpatient services (80 beds) yesterday AND this morning welcomed its newest and youngest patient. The very first baby born at Swedish/Issaquah was delivered at 7:23 a.m.
The new baby, Liliana Yozelin, is the second child born to Zulma Gutierrez-Tiznado and Francisco Javier Rodriguez of Issaquah.
The 8-pound, 20-inch-long baby girl was born one day after the new medical center, including its Labor and Delivery unit, officially opened its doors for inpatients. Swedish/Issaquah is the first new hospital to be built in King County in more than 25 years.
“Liliana is a beautiful child, and just the right person to help celebrate the opening of inpatient services at Swedish/Issaquah,” said Dr. Holmes.
Zulma, Francisco, Liliana and the rest of their family got to experience all the features that the new Labor and Delivery unit has to offer, including state-of-the-art birthing suites which are designed and equipped to provide comfort and peace of mind during childbirth.
In recognition of this momentous birth, Swedish/Issaquah administrators presented the family with a congratulatory gift basket donated by The Shops at Swedish, which included contributions from Bella Balls, Swaddle Designs, and Belli Baby.
The new medical center has been offering residents of east King County comprehensive outpatient services since July. With its no-wait Emergency Department, primary-care and specialty clinics, a cancer center, and the very latest imaging equipment, Swedish/Issaquah has quickly become recognized as a patient-friendly community asset.
Yesterday marked the opening day of the new hospital’s second phase, which included all inpatient services – inpatient surgery, eight labor-delivery-recovery suites, a 31-bed Postpartum unit, an eight-bed inpatient pediatric unit, a 36-bed medical-surgical unit, and a 36-bed intensive care unit.
Dr. Lily JungHenson, chief of staff at the new medical center, said welcoming a new child into the world was a fitting way to break in the new inpatient units at Swedish/Issaquah.
“Our goal is to combine the latest technologies with innovative ways to deliver the best health-care services available,” said Dr. JungHenson. “Yesterday’s opening showed we are ready to assist Eastside residents with a comprehensive array of top-notch medical services.”
Although today’s birth was the first at the Issaquah facility, Swedish helps welcome thousands of new babies each year. In 2010, there were 7,570 deliveries between Swedish’s First Hill and Ballard campuses. In 2011, there have been more than 6,000 deliveries between those two Labor and Delivery units.
For More Information
For more information about Swedish/Issaquah, visit www.swedish.org/issaquah.
Swedish has grown over the last 101 years to become the largest non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 11,000 employees, more than 2,800 physicians and 1,700 volunteers. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); freestanding emergency departments and ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; Swedish Visiting Nurse Services; and Swedish Medical Group – a network of more than 70 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Greater Puget Sound area. Swedish opened a new emergency department and medical office building (MOB) on its Ballard campus in November 2010 and a new MOB and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands in July 2011. 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, www.swedishcares.org, www.facebook.com/swedishmedicalcenter or www.twitter.com/swedish.
In 2007, Swedish embarked upon an ambitious $100 million fundraising campaign. Campaign investments are used to support a wide-variety of initiatives throughout the health-care system, including cancer, heart and vascular, women and children, neuroscience, and orthopedics as well as programs to support underserved populations. To date, the campaign has secured gifts totaling more than $82 million. For more information or to support the campaign, visit www.campaignforswedish.org.
- To read a related article posted Nov. 2 on The Issaquah Press Web site, click here.
- To read a related article posted Nov. 2 on Sammamish Patch.com, click here.
- To watch a related story in Spanish that aired on KUNS TV (Univision Seattle) the night of Nov. 3, click here.
Media wanting to request an interview with the family and/or be sent photos of them with their new baby should contact Ed Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-386-2748.