2016 - Fall

Swedish Cherry Hill Retail Pharmacy Expected to Close by End of the Year

Extraordinary Care, Extraordinary Caring

Sadly, Providence’s Swedish brand is closing all of their retail pharmacies, including the pharmacy at Cherry Hill.  Both Providence and Swedish are being very tight lipped on this change.  Nothing has been posted on their website or at the locations.  They continue to accept new prescriptions and customers have not been notified.  We know that employees have been given notice that their jobs will end in November; so unless this timeline changes, customers will likely be caught off guard when they try to refill their prescriptions.  The next nearest non-specialty pharmacy is three-quarters of a mile away, causing a hardship for some of our neighbors.

During the Major Institution Mater Plan (MIMP) process Swedish repeatedly talked about community benefits, including adding additional retail to the campus so this comes as a surprise.  There are rumors of financial concerns driving this and other decisions and employees are reporting a lot of operational changes.  Hopefully, we are not seeing the results of unmanaged growth.

One possibility is that the current Swedish/Walgreens alliance could result in a Walgreens presence on Swedish campuses, but that is just speculation.  This would be a cause for concern, as Walgreens, unlike the current pharmacies, do not accept Medicaid or offer any charity care!  Additionally, it has been reported that the selection of drugs could be more limited, forcing some customers to seek out specialty pharmacies.  A Swedish spokesperson was at the last Squire Park board meeting on September 6th when this information was shared but made no statement.  Neither Providence nor Swedish has followed up on our concerns; should that change we will, of course, share the information at our October 8th meeting and post it to our website.  We wonder about, "Extraordinary Care.  Extraordinary Caring." in light of these changes.

UPDATE - 10/7: Providence and Swedish continue to be tight-lipped and have yet to make an official statement to SPCC, or apparently anyone else for that matter.  While they have failed to notify pharmacy customers, unofficially we understand the pharmacy will cease operations on November 17th.  Begging the question, with a little over 30 days to go, when are you going to provide some level of mitigation to those of us that have put our lives in your hands?  Or, at the very least tell us!  We need to make other arrangements!  Do we have to find the door locked when we come in for refills of the drugs you have told us are medically necessary?

UPDATE 10/27: It looks like the pressure may be having some effect as the closing date has now be moved to "sometime in December".  We have also learned that the reason customer and patients are not being notified is because Swedish plans to sell or otherwise provide customer data to Wallgreens.  Apparently this is not a violation of HIPPA!  It is good news to know that we may have some sort of pharmacy, the bad news remains that there will not be Medicaid or other reduced cost options that now exist.  I would point out that Wallgreens vision is to "To be America's most loved pharmacy-led health, wellbeing and beauty retailer.",  Swedish's mission is stated as ""Improve the health and well-being of each person we serve."  This move is a take away from the community and just last year under their major institution master plan, they offered additional retail as part of their community benefit promises.  Now that they have what they wanted they don't seem so concerned with what the promised.

Tony Armada
Swedish Health Services
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

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Fall Community Meeting

It’s been another great Seattle Summer, but now that Autumnal Equinox is in the past, we have to face fall.  To kick it off, you will meet some organizations in the neighborhood that have been working to improve the lives of our most vulnerable residents at the Squire Park Community Council October 8th General Meeting

A presentation from First Place Scholars will share their efforts to recover from recent events while continuing to serve their constituents and our community.  Catholic Housing Services and Equity Alliance will let us know about their plans for the YK Building on 14th.  Please join us to learn more about the mission of each and how we can help.

Attendees will have the opportunity to give Sabey feedback on planned intersection improvements around the Sabey/SwedishCherry Hill Campus. Information on next steps will also be available.

We will learn more about the meaning of the Mayor’s Executive order to dismantle the district council system. If implemented, what would the impact our neighborhood be?  What are the risks?  This newsletter will get you started on these topics.  Bring your questions and comments and weigh in on what is happening in your neighborhood.

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THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING OUR SUMMER BBQ!

What happens when you add Great Weather, Delicious Food, Talented Musicians, Fun Neighbors and Generous Support from our local businesses? Answer: The Annual Squire Park Summer BBQ! 

And that's exactly what happened at Centerstoneon Saturday, July 9. This year's BBQ was an absolute success. Following our quarterly meeting (including a wonderful discussion with Kshama Sawant(Seattle City Councilmember, District #3), we hit the brick patio for a wonderful BBQ (Salads provided by Bon Appétit) and live music from virtuosos Danny Col-Spector & Ava Maas, and local pianist Sheryl Diane.

Thank you to our sponsors Lake Union Partners and Seattle University and to Centerstonefor providing the community space.

It wouldn't have been a true Squire Park BBQ without a raffle of in-kind donations from our good neighbor businesses and organizations within our awesome community.

THANK YOU CONTRIBUTORS!

Thank you also to Jack Holland who chaired the BBQ committee and his team of helpers. Squire Park is fortunate and appreciates of the BBQ support provided by our local businesses. We sincerely thank all of this year's sponsors and contributors. You all are the best.

Sincerely, thank you on behalf of the Squire Park Community Council. 

Rahael Lassegue, President
Squire Park Community Council

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