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A decades-long commitment to the community

How a company nurtures community relationships says a lot about the company. For Sellen Construction, a decades-long record of community involvement defines them as much as their reputation for building the skylines of Seattle does.

Sellen may be the largest locally owned commercial construction company in the Pacific Northwest, but it’s also a company with a huge heart.

“The belief that it was important to develop partnerships with the communities in which we had construction projects began when my father Rick led the company,” says Scott Redman, president of Sellen. “As we approach our 75th anniversary, community engagement is now baked into our culture. And, it’s reflected in our corporate philosophy to ‘always do what’s right for our employees, our clients and the community.’”

The Sellen team selects community engagement projects that are compelling or that closely affect their employees. Swedish is fortunate to be one of the recipients of that generosity. The relationship with Swedish as a contractor and a philanthropic supporter is the longest-running partnership for Sellen—one that has lasted more than six decades.

Employee giving campaigns, a company focus on wellness and volunteerism, and the health care many Sellen employees receive at Swedish, make the Sellen-Swedish relationship personal.

In fact, Scott and Sellen’s chief executive officer, Bob McCleskey, both personally support Swedish, magnifying Sellen’s commitment to the health and well-being of our community.

“When I found myself lying on the basketball court after having a heart attack, my first thought was that it couldn’t be happening to me,” says Bob. “I was so fortunate that I was taken to Swedish. Their heart team had everything I needed to get and stay healthy not just for me, but for my family, too. Now I want to ensure that Swedish always has the newest devices and therapies, so they can continue to care for patients like me long into the future.”

Sellen generously supported the building of the True Family Women’s Cancer Center at the Swedish Cancer Institute and provided the start-up investment for the Center for Perinatal Bonding and Support’s Day Program for Women and Newborns, an intensive outpatient program offering mental health care for new and expecting moms. Sellen has also supported the Swedish Mobile Mammography Program, which makes critical breast cancer screening available in remote and underserved communities.

All of these programs directly support women at critical times of their lives. They are some of the clearest examples of how Sellen, a Stellar Club member, uses its philanthropy to help improve health care for our community. Without philanthropic support, these unique and vital resources would not be available at Swedish today.

“As a company, we’ve tried to create a work place that is mindful of the opportunities we have had working next to great clients,” says Scott. “It is a point of pride for all employees at Sellen that we find ways to give back by investing in the community and supporting organizations like Swedish that are dedicated to serving others.”

Together, supporters like Sellen—and you—give our patients access to extraordinary health care and hope for a healthy tomorrow.

To learn more about how your gift is making a difference, contact Lindsay Capello, Director of Annual Giving, at 206-215-8138 or Lindsay.Capello@swedish.org.