What You Need to Know About EverHealthy
What is EverHealthy?
- EverHealthy is part of EvergreenHealth's 10-year master facility plan and includes a $345 million, 20-year bond to fund enhancements to our medical center campus, helping us continue to meet the health care needs of our community.
- Our most recent expansion, completed in 2017, created two new inpatient floors in the Kirkland Campus Silver Tower, the Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute in the DeYoung Pavilion, and a new Kenmore primary and urgent care facility.
Why is EverHealthy needed?
EverHealthy will enable us to deliver the exceptional ca re and service our community has grown to trust. The impetus for this plan includes:
- Community growth, estimated at 9 percent growth by 2020 in the area where our patients live, along with increased preference for EvergreenHealth as residents' first choice for health care.
- Adding clinical capacity and space to accommodate growth, and addressing aging infrastructure to help us continue delivering the safest care and service.
What's included in EverHealthy?
EvergreenHealth's plan includes:
- Facility Safety and Disaster Readiness: Perform seismic upgrades to core areas of the original hospital and parking structures to make Evergreen Health even more earthquake -ready.
- Critical Care Unit: Construct a brand new, relocated critical care unit designed to support the best possible outcomes and experience for patients and their families during their greatest times of need.
- Family Maternity Center: Significantly update and modernize the Family Maternity Center to continue our legacy as America's first Baby-Friendly Hospital and the area's most preferred hospital for babies to meet their new families.
- Outpatient Care: Add new space to accommodate more outpatient care.
- And, several additional construction projects and renovations, plus technology advancements, to help us provide the safest and best care as our community grows.
What were the benefits of the last bond the community funded for EvergreenHealth?
- In 2004, voters approved a $120 million bond to fund the construction of the Silver Tower and a new emergency department on the Kirkland campus.
- In anticipation of the community's future needs and growth, Evergreen Health constructed a 10-story tower, providing new space for care and thoughtfully planning for future growth with four floors for future use built at 2007 pricing, later put to use in 2017 to create new patient care areas in response to the community's growth.
How is EverHealthy funded?
- Residents of the district will vote on the measure by April 23, 2019.
- The proposed bond measure will cost homeowners $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed property value. A $700,000 home in EvergreenHealth's district would pay $18 per month.
How can I support EverHealthy?
- Make sure you are registered to vote in the April 2019 Special Election. If you need to register, visit www.sos.wa.gov/elections. The deadline to register is Mar. 25, 2019.
- Vote by mail by April 23, 2019.
A Note from Amy Beiter, MD
Since 1972, when the community opened the doors to this area’s dedicated public district hospital, EvergreenHealth has delivered vital services to our neighbors and beyond.
Our purpose has remained constant: to be your partner – dedicated to enriching the health and well-being of every life we touch.
We’ve done this by thoughtfully growing alongside our every-expanding community.
Over the years, with support from you, meeting the evolving needs of those we serve has remained at the forefront, and it is with you, our community, in mind that we continue to evolve to remain your best health partner now, and for years to come.
We are grateful for the ongoing support our community has given EvergreenHealth.
From the beginning, we’ve kept our promise to be responsible stewards of our community’s resources.
On behalf of our more than 4,000 employees, 1,500 physicians and hundreds of volunteers, we thank you for the continued opportunity to demonstrate our stewardship of your resources as we care for you and your family.
Your Support Helps Your Neighbors
When Blake Albertsen discovered he was living with a rare tumor in the center of his spinal cord that could leave him paralyzed, he had no idea that the decisions by voters 14 years ago could have such an impact on his life.
Those voters approved EvergreenHealth's last bond measure, which paved the way for facility expansions that made caring for conditions like Blake's possible.
"I knew I was in the best place for care," Blake says.
Today, thanks to the team at the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute, Blake is healthy and on his way to a full recovery as an active dad and husband because of the community's decision to invest in EvergreenHealth.