Swedish Medical Center has filed an appeal this week of the state Department of Health's decision rejecting Swedish's application to build a new hospital in Issaquah.

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Swedish Medical Center has filed an appeal this week of the state Department of Health’s decision rejecting Swedish’s application to build a new hospital in Issaquah.

Swedish argues that the state erred in how it calculated the number of available hospital beds and how many people leave East King County to get health care, said Heidi Aylsworth, Swedish’s senior business development associate.

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The state is expected to respond within a week, Aylsworth said.

Before a new hospital goes up, the state must issue a “certificate of need” to a provider after a complex process determines that the number of hospital beds in a community is inadequate.

Swedish and Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue both have sought to build a new hospital in Issaquah, only to be denied by the state in May. The state said the region already had enough beds to serve residents for at least 10 years.


Early-morning fire hits unfinished house

The Redmond Fire Department is investigating the cause of a fire early yesterday that destroyed more than half of the roof and both floors of a house under construction in a north Redmond development known as Whistler Ridge.

A security guard patrolling the development reported the blaze, in the 17600 block of Northeast 119th Way, to Eastside authorities at 12:53 a.m. Firefighters arrived to find the structure’s second floor fully involved.

The blaze, in a neighborhood where homes are expected to fetch more than $600,000, caused approximately $180,000 damage, said Lt. Thomas Langton of the Redmond Fire Department. He said investigators found no evidence linking the fire to a Sammamish garage arson or to incendiary devices found in homes being built in Sammamish and Redmond earlier this year.

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Sheriff’s sergeant, motorcyclist collide

A King County Sheriff’s Department sergeant and a motorcyclist both were being treated at Harborview Medical Center after colliding just off Interstate 90 at Winery Road early yesterday morning.

The sergeant, 39, works out of Kenmore and has been with the Sheriff’s Department for 15 years. He was on duty, driving a marked patrol car at about 12:30 a.m. when he and the motorcyclist, a 26-year-old Federal Way man, both turned left at the bottom of Exit 27 off eastbound I-90 and collided.

The cause of the crash remains unclear and is the collision is under investigation.


Overlake to hold aneurysm screening

Overlake Hospital Medical Center is holding a free abdominal aortic aneurysm screening Thursday in the main lobby at 1035 116th Ave N.E. at 9 a.m. Call 800-772-8390 for an appointment.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is an enlargement in the lining of the main artery leading from the heart to the stomach. As the artery lining gets weaker from aging and other factors, the wall of the artery becomes thinner.

An aneurysm can form in the weakened artery wall, and a rupture or tear can cause serious internal bleeding. Ruptures lead to death in 80 percent of undiagnosed cases, and most people have no warning signs.

Risk factors include being over 60 years old, cardiovascular disease, smoking, pulmonary disease and a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm.