Nonprofit hospitals like Swedish-Providence have an obligation to provide access to affordable care and to give back to our communities, particularly when they’re making millions in profit. Swedish-Providence is seeking permission from the City of Seattle to expand its buildings at the Cherry Hill campus and it’s an important opportunity for us to reflect on its role in our neighborhood. Is Swedish-Providence living up to its obligation to our community? Does the impact it’s having on our community warrant it growing?
Neighbors from the Squire Park Community Council, Washington CAN!, and other coalition partners are coming together to call on Swedish-Providence to be a good neighbor. They should be providing more access to financial assistance, providing good jobs, and supporting a healthy, vibrant, livable community. Their expansion should not be out-of-scale with the fabric of the neighborhood.
On Thursday, June 12, Cherry Hill neighbors and workers are coming together to make our voices heard. As our community considers the hospital’s request that we allow them to build behemoth, huge towers at the Cherry Hill campus, we must speak out for reasonable expansion and a requirement that the hospital gives back.
Join us and make your voice heard that it’s time for Swedish-Providence to be a good neighbor:
(It’s easiest to enter at 17th and Jefferson via the cafeteria and take the stairs down.)
juliep June 7th, 2014