Swedish Ballard to open nursery April 27

Swedish Ballard will open a new Level II Nursery on Monday, April 27. The Level II Nursery allows for premature babies— born as early as 34 weeks gestational age — to receive specialized, around-the-clock care from a trained team of experts.

Premature babies often face health challenges that require special interventions such as feeding support, intravenous therapy or supplemental oxygen. Previously, infants born at Swedish Ballard who needed specialized neonatal care were transferred to other area hospitals. With the new Level II Nursery, these infants can remain at Swedish Ballard with their families.

“This special care nursery was been made possible by the combined efforts of our team here at Swedish and the dedicated members of our community,” said Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive and Nurse Executive, Swedish Ballard. It is the realization of our dream to provide exceptional care in Ballard that spans the entire pregnancy and birth experience. It is our hope that the Level II Nursery will inspire confidence in each and every expecting mother who comes to Swedish Ballard, especially those more likely to have a high-risk pregnancy.”

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Mayor Murray launches first-of-its-kind Equity and Environment Initiative

Today Mayor Ed Murray launched Seattle’s Equity & Environment Initiative (EEI), a partnership of the city, the community and several private foundations to deepen Seattle’s commitment to race and social justice in environmental work. The effort will create new opportunities for those most affected by environmental injustices to lead on the solutions.

“Seattle must pursue environmental priorities that include and benefit all our communities,” said Mayor Murray. “Strong race and social justice outcomes in our environmental work help ensure that Seattle is a place where all people can thrive in healthy neighborhoods.”

While Seattle has long been recognized as an environmental leader, the city faces many of the same challenges as the broader U.S. environmental movement: those who shape and benefit from environmental policies and outcomes are primarily white, upper-income communities. Those who do not benefit from progressive policies are overburdened with health, social and economic impacts.

The EEI was launched to advance three primary goals:
· All people and communities benefit from Seattle’s environmental progress.

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Police catch teenage car thieves after Ballard dealership break-in

Information provided by Seattle Police Blotter

Police arrested two teens and recovered a pair of stolen cars after and early Saturday heist at a dealership, which was neither particularly fast, nor furious.

The case began when a witness called 911 around 4:30 AM and said someone was trying to break through a window at a car dealership in the 5200 block of Leary Avenue NW.

The suspect grabbed several keys from a dealership drop box and fled the scene in a stolen Volkswagen Jetta before officers arrived.

About two hours later, around 6:30 AM, Sergeant John Stevens spotted the stolen Jetta driving north on Aurora Avenue and tried to pull in behind the car. As Sgt. Stevens drove after the suspect, a gold Lexus SUV pulled in front of his patrol car, blocking him from getting behind the Jetta.

Officers followed the Lexus and the Volkswagen east from Aurora to North Seattle Community College, where the Jetta driver pulled into a parking lot. As officers arrested the 15-year-old boy driver behind the wheel of the Jetta, the Lexus sped away.

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