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Community Health

Core to our mission as a nonprofit health care provider is to care for the medically underserved members of our community. We do this by reducing the cost of health-care delivery; increasing overall patient wellness; and providing early intervention before medical problems become severe.

Here are just three of Swedish’s innovative health-care solutions for low-income, underinsured, or uninsured patients in our community:

  • Providing free primary care
  • Delivering free high-quality specialty care
  • Meeting the health needs of students

Your donation will help improve access to high-quality care for underserved patients in our community. To learn more about community beneifits at Swedish, visit swedish.org.

Providing Free Primary Care

With the United States facing a shortage of primary care and family practice physicians, Swedish is working to build a strong residency program to prepare emerging physicians for long, successful careers in this increasingly important area of practice.

The Swedish Family Medicine Residency at Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus is widely-acclaimed for its unique mission to train primary care and family practice physicians to serve economically disadvantaged patients. Every year, more than 800 medical school graduates apply to be one of 12 residents selected to participate in the three-year program.

Residents receive a comprehensive grounding in primary care and family practice medicine with an emphasis on the medical challenges of low-income patients. The program provides evidence-based, community-oriented primary care with emphases in obstetrics, inpatient medicine, and behavioral health with concentrations in sports medicine, international health, addiction medicine, reproductive health, maternal child medicine, rural health, and integrative medicine.

As part of their training, residents provide free care to an estimated 22,000 patients each year at the Swedish Cherry Hill Family Practice Clinic and at other community health centers in the Seattle area that serve low-income and underinsured patients. Donations to the Swedish Family Medicine Residency program at Swedish Cherry Hill help provide access to high-quality health care for underserved patients in our region.

Donate now to provide free care for medically underserved patients

Delivering free high-quality specialty care

For low-income and underinsured or uninsured patients, gaining access to specialty care can often be difficult. With this in mind, Swedish established the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC) on its First Hill campus in 2010.

SCSC works in partnership with Project Access Northwest to identify, screen, and refer underinsured or uninsured patients to specialty medical and dental care services. The specialty care services are provided free of charge by more than 300 physicians, dentists, and other caregivers who donate their time and skills at SCSC, in Swedish operating rooms, or in their own private practice clinics.

In 2012 , more than 1,250 specialty medical and surgical patients and more than 2,000 dental patients received specialty care through the SCSC. After receiving care via SCSC, many of these patients are then connected to a primary care physician to provide them with the routine, preventative care needed to help manage their overall wellness and help avoid future delays in medical treatment.

Donate now to help deliver free high-quality specialty care for the medically underserved

Meeting the health needs of students

Nearly one-third of students in the U.S. don’t graduate from high school. For minority and low income students, that figure increases dramatically. Many of the most common obstacles to completing high school are also critical public health issues including, teen pregnancy, school violence, hunger, homelessness, and unmet physical and mental health needs.

School-based health centers have shown to be extremely successful in providing effective, efficient, and appropriate health-care services to students to help them adopt health-promoting behaviors later in life.

As one of 16 nonprofit health care providers operating health centers in Seattle Public Schools, Swedish established the Ballard Teen Health Center in 2002. A team of dedicated professionals provides mental health, primary medical care, and health education services including treatment for illnesses and injuries, confidential family-planning services, STD testing, mental-health counseling, smoking-cessation programs, nutrition and exercise counseling, general health information, and school-wide health promotion and classroom presentations, all at no cost to students.

Access to the Ballard Teen Health Center is available to all Ballard High School students, but the center targets teens that are underinsured and may have difficulty gaining access to medical care and mental health counseling.

Donate now to meet the health care needs of students at the Ballard Teen Health Center

Contact Us

To learn more about community health programs you can support at Swedish, please contact:


Duncan Robinson
Philanthropy Officer
206-386-3527
duncan.robinson@swedish.org