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SWEDISH/BALLARD MERGER FINAL

 SWEDISH/BALLARD MERGER FINAL
 SEATTLE, July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The merger of two of Seattle's


most respected hospitals is in response to a changing health-care system and a move to preserve the highest quality while working to contain cost increases, the hospital's administrators said Wednesday at a ceremony marking the merger of Swedish Hospital Medical Center and Ballard Community Hospital.
 "This is not the end of our efforts to control costs while maintaining the integrity and quality of the health care we provide, it is just the beginning in what we believe will be significant changes in the years ahead. Together we are ready for the challenge of change," Dr. Brian Goodell, executive director of Swedish, told community leaders gathered at the Ballard facility.
 Ballard Administrator Douglas Bruce agreed and underscored the benefits of the union between the two hospitals:
 "Together Swedish and Ballard will provide the most comprehensive health-care services in the region. We expect to control costs through better utilization of facilities and by spreading our fixed and administrative costs over a larger organization," Bruce said.
 Goodell and Bruce signed a ceremonial merger proclamation and unveiled the new name of the Ballard facility. Ballard will be known as Swedish Medical Center/Ballard; Swedish Hospital Medical Center will become Swedish Medical Center/Seattle. The name changes are intended to demonstrate the unity of the two merged facilities, while still identifying each facility with the community it primarily serves.
 The Ballard and Seattle campuses will both continue as full- service hospitals. Plans to consolidate the medical and administrative staffs are currently underway. Fewer staff will be needed to operate the combined facilities, but it is anticipated that there will be no layoffs and the reduced force will be reached through retirements and normal attrition.
 Goodell will serve as executive director of the overall Swedish organization and as executive director of the Seattle campus. Bruce will report to Goodell as associate executive director and chief operating officer of the Ballard campus. The Swedish board of trustees, which now includes members from Ballard Hospital board of directors, will continue to oversee all medical center-related activities.
 The merger ceremony concluded more than two-and-a-half years of research and study by the hospitals' boards, professional staff and employees.
 "It's been a great deal of work for a great many people at both campuses," Goodell said. "But the end result is certainly worth the effort. We strongly believe our patients and the community will benefit from this merger."
 Swedish Medical Center/Seattle has about 3,700 employees and is licensed for 697 beds. Swedish Medical Center/Ballard employs 750 people and has 163 beds. Both hospitals operate as private nonprofits with significant private support from the communities they serve.
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 /CONTACT: Jan Wilder of Swedish Medical Center-Seattle, 206-386-2039; or Debra Carnes of Swedish Medical Center-Ballard, 206-781-2243/ CO: Swedish Medical Center/Seattle; Swedish Medical Center/Ballard;
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