Seattle, WA — Swedish Health Services (SHS) and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) announced today that Planned Parenthood will establish a health center on First Hill in order to provide women in the area a full range of reproductive health services, including abortion.
Swedish recently announced its affiliation with Providence to allow both organizations to collaborate to better deliver health care to the region while at the same time maintaining their individual identities and heritage.
Swedish currently provides limited elective abortions but after the effective date of the affiliation with Providence and out of respect for the affiliation, Swedish will not provide elective abortions in its facilities. Swedish has taken steps to assure continued access to comprehensive women’s reproductive healthcare by transitioning services to Planned Parenthood on First Hill.
Additionally, Swedish will maintain appropriate services as required by women in an emergency situation. Swedish emergency rooms will continue to be staffed and equipped to handle the needs of the community.
“This is a win-win for the community. The full range of reproductive health care services including abortion will be maintained on First Hill, guaranteeing continuity of care for patients, delivered by an expert in the field. We’re excited about that,” said Chris Charbonneau, President/CEO of PPGNW.
Anticipated to open in early 2012, the new center will be located on First Hill, in the Nordstrom Tower, and will be called The First Hill Health Center of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest. Swedish will help underwrite the costs to establish the PPGNW health center.
“Swedish is deeply committed to ensuring women have access to comprehensive care,” said Jane Ulhir, MD, Swedish Medical Director. “It is important to maintain the access to care our patients currently receive as well as the proximity of services they have come to expect. We chose Planned Parenthood because they are experts in the efficient delivery of reproductive health care.”
“We have been working with Swedish to ensure care for their patients as their affiliation discussions with Providence have progressed,” said Charbonneau. “We commend Swedish for their leadership in maintaining the continuity of care for their patients. We believe this arrangement will be mutually beneficial resulting in efficient and compassionate care for clients.”
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Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds); emergency departments and ambulatory care centers in Issaquah, 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 recently opened a new emergency department and medical office building (MOB) on its Ballard campus and will open a new MOB and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands in the summer of 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 Swedish online at www.swedish.org and www.swedishcares.org.
About Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is the region’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest operates 30 health centers in Alaska, Idaho and western Washington, providing medical services and sexuality education for thousands of women, men and teenagers each year. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.