Swedish Cherry Hill
High Demand for Specialized Care
A high-demand regional specialty center for neurological and vascular care, Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus is at 100 percent capacity with 380,000 patients annually. The number of patients served at Cherry Hill will grow to more than 500,000 in the years ahead. In order to meet the growing needs of patients, the campus must create more space for the delivery of health care services. Swedish has begun the process of updating its Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) for the Cherry Hill campus, as required by the City of Seattle.
Swedish MIMP Background
Swedish purchased its Cherry Hill campus from the Sisters of Providence in 2000. Since then, Swedish, together with its development partner Sabey Corporation, has invested more than $100 million to update and renovate the cherished site.
The hospital is now a 1.2 million square-foot specialty center with more than 500 doctors who serve nearly 380,000 patients annually. In the years ahead, it is expected that the number of individuals seeking treatment and services will increase an additional 30 – 50 percent.
To meet the future demand of more than half a million patients, the Cherry Hill campus will need to grow to ensure people continue to have access to world-class specialty care and training.
Organizations designated as ‘major institutions’ by the
City of Seattle’s land use code are required to complete a collaborative planning process when preparing for future campus development. Many City of Seattle health care facilities and universities have been designated as ‘major institutions’ and require similar planning processes.
The MIMP planning process is regulated by the City and includes close dialogue between Swedish and its neighbors, including a Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The approved MIMP will guide campus development for the next 15-20 years.
The MIMP consists of three main components: Development Standards, Development Program, and the Transportation Management Plan. An Environmental Impact Statement will also be prepared to study the environmental impacts of the MIMP. The intent of the MIMP is to balance the needs of Swedish to develop facilities for the delivery of health care to the region with the desire to harmonize this planned development with surrounding neighborhoods.
Thank You for Your Support
We have been working very closely with the City of Seattle and our neighbors to create a new Master Plan which will give us the ability to replace obsolete facilities at our Cherry Hill campus and meet rising healthcare demands. We are very pleased that the City of Seattle’s Hearing Examiner recommended on September 10 that the City Council approve Swedish Cherry Hill’s Master Plan. Her ruling is aligned with the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development Director, which also recommended approval of the Master Plan.
We developed our Master Plan in a very thoughtful manner that incorporated input from the Citizens Advisory Committee and our neighbors; and we believe this ruling confirms that we have properly addressed the goal of the City’s Municipal Code to balance the needs of the institution to develop facilities with the need to minimize impact of development on surrounding neighborhoods. The final step is for the City Council to formally approve the Master Plan, which we anticipate will happen before year end or first quarter 2016. We want to thank all of our supporters who have helped us reach this important milestone!
Growing Today for Your Tomorrow
Swedish Cherry Hill is planning for the future of our campus so we can meet our community's growing demand for healthcare; and ensure our patients have access to the best treatment options, the latest technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.