Swedish Health's ambitious Seattle plans involved a developer with a stake in their success

After acquiring property at Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus in 2002, real-estate developer David Sabey has gone beyond real estate and into aiding programs at the facility where he is also the landlord. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)
Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus, built in 1911, needed substantial upgrades. In 2002, developer David Sabey provided Swedish a way to renovate. As Swedish leaders launched an effort to turn Cherry Hill into a specialty hospital, Sabey was also investing in the surrounding neighborhood. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times)

Real-estate developer David Sabey’s support of Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus has had broad benefits for Swedish — and for Sabey. But as hospital executives draw a benefactor close, that relationship can complicate efforts to maintain control over medical programs.

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