We’re honored to report that Seattle Mayor Michael McGinn recently paid a visit to our Building Hope expansion. The mayor was joined by Diane Sugimura, director of Planning and Development, and other members of his staff as he toured the Emergency Department, a patient care unit and other key spaces within the building.

“The mayor and his staff enjoyed hearing about Building Hope’s many innovations, including patient safety and sustainability features,” said Lisa Brandenburg, Hospital President.

Brandenburg and Todd Johnson, Vice President of Facilities led the tour. Besides getting a good look at the new building, the mayor also got a bird’s-eye view of the streets surrounding our campus, where we’re working to make the neighborhood more walkable and bikeable through our Livable Streets Initiative. “The mayor applauded our efforts to decrease the number of employees coming to work in single-family vehicles,” Johnson said. “He was especially impressed with the bike-friendly improvements we’re making.”

Following the tour, the mayor joined leaders from the city’s healthcare industry in a roundtable discussion – the latest in a series of talks the mayor has scheduled with various industry clusters to learn more about each sector’s role in the economy and the issues it faces.