EvergreenHealth recently launched an initiative that, with community support, will strengthen and expand the health system’s Kirkland medical center to help meet the growing health care needs of the community. The initiative, “EverHealthy,” is part of the health system’s 10-year Master Facilities Plan, which seeks to ensure that the growing number of families within the public hospital district can continue to count on safe, quality care within their community well into the future.

The enhancements provided by EverHealthy – including upgrades to facility safety and disaster readiness; a new and relocated Critical Care Unit; a modernized Family Maternity Center; and infrastructure and technology and upgrades – will be funded by a $345 million 20-year bond that the community will have an opportunity to vote on in April.

One of the most critical components of the initiative will provide extensive seismic upgrades to the oldest areas of the original hospital built in 1972. While all facilities meet the building codes that were in place at the time of their construction, retrofitting those areas to today’s most advanced seismic standards will enable EvergreenHealth to remain a viable resource in the event of a catastrophic earthquake. Given the medical center campus’ geographical location, EvergreenHealth is slated by experts to be the most viable and accessible option for medical care after a catastrophic earthquake in the region.

EverHealthy will also fund the construction of a new Critical Care Unit (CCU) and relocate it to EvergreenHealth’s Silver Tower. Relocating the CCU to the third floor of the Silver tower will position it near other specialties that often coordinate with critical care providers, while also enhancing patients’ and families’ experience during their stay. The unit’s modern design will mirror other newly constructed floors in the tower and will promote family-inclusive care, with intentional spaces within patient rooms and across the unit where families can convene and consult with clinical teams.

EverHealthy is part of EvergreenHealth’s 10-year Master Facilities Plan, which provides a blueprint for advancing the health of the community by ensuring the health system can continue to provide the best possible care in an environment of absolute safety. The first phase of the plan, completed on time and on budget in 2017, included the opening of the EvergreenHealth Neuroscience, Spine & Orthopedic Institute in the DeYoung Pavilion; new inpatient units on the fourth and fifth floors of the Silver Tower; and a new primary care and urgent care practice in Kenmore.

Community members will have the opportunity to vote on the bond measure to support EverHealthy in a vote-by-mail election scheduled for April 23. The proposed ballot measure will provide $345 million over 20 years, which translates to an average of $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed home value per year over the life of the bonds. That means a homeowner of a $700,000 home in EvergreenHealth’s district would pay an average of $10.50 per month, for a total of $126 per year over the life of the bonds.

For more information, please visit www.evergreenhealth.com/everhealthy.

To register to vote or ensure your voting registration information is up to date, visit www.sos.wa.gov/elections by March 25, 2019.

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