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Why is EvergreenHealth seeking to pass Proposition 1?

For the past 47 years, EvergreenHealth has delivered vital health care services to our Eastside community and beyond—serving to enrich the health and well-being of every life we touch through thoughtful expansion alongside our ever-growing community.

On occasion, we’ve come to the community to ask for your support to help with that growth. Thanks to that support, we were able to open a hospice center and hospice homecare program in 1991 as well as an expanded emergency department and eight-story inpatient tower in 2007.

With Proposition 1, also known as EverHealthy, we are seeking your help to support new projects vital to the ongoing health of the community.

What is EverHealthy?

EverHealthy is the second phase of EvergreenHealth’s 10-year facility improvement plan, created in 2015.

The successful first phase—made possible in part by community support—was completed in 2017 on time and on budget, creating:

  • A new 31-bed Progressive Care Unit on 5-Silver
  • A new 31-bed Medical Surgical Unit on 4-Silver
  • The Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute in the DeYoung Pavilion
  • A new primary and urgent care facility in Kenmore
  • A new primary and urgent care facility in Mill Creek

This second phase will transform EvergreenHealth’s Kirkland campus even more to help us continue to deliver the exceptional care and service our patients know and trust, and meet the health care needs of our community for decades and generations to come.

How was the EverHealthy plan created?

EverHealthy was developed in 2015 by EvergreenHealth and the EvergreenHealth Board of Commissioners utilizing strategic insight to population trends, community health assessment and third-party projection data to help us understand and anticipate the growing health care needs of our community.

The impetus for this plan includes:

  • Population Growth - As we know, our community has grown significantly in recent years, and to no surprise, the population will continue to increase – estimated at 71,000 new residents by 2022. Populations are also living longer than previous generations.
  • Community Preference - In addition, more and more people are choosing EvergreenHealth as their first choice for health care, increasing our patient population by both volume and preference.
  • Future Readiness - Adding capacity to clinical space to accommodate growth and to address aging infrastructure in need of improvements and preparation for a critical seismic event will allow EvergreenHealth to continue to deliver the safest care and an environment ready for all circumstances for our evolving community.

What specific projects within the EverHealthy plan will Proposition 1 support, if approved?

As with everything we do, our focus is on safety and growth that meets the clinical and service needs of our patients and community.

On August 6, the community will be presented with the opportunity to support our public district hospital through the following projects in the upcoming election:

  1. The bond issue is primarily a critical safety project, with over 60% allocated to seismically retrofit our oldest buildings and replace aging 1970’s-era infrastructure in the core of the hospital. After a major disaster, this is critical for EvergreenHealth to continue to function and serve the community.
  2. Relocate and upgrade our Critical Care Unit so patient rooms will be able to accommodate vital modern equipment.
  3. Construct a medical building for programs like outpatient mental health.
  4. Upgrade and expand our outdated Family Maternity Center.
  5. Provide life-saving medical equipment, technology and facility upgrades to support these projects, and poise our organization for ever-evolving technology and the next generation of care.