Currently, the University of Washington Medical Center has the only liver transplant program serving adults in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.
Doctor William Marks, director of Swedish's organ transplant program, says a second local program will help patients by offering greater access to care, more flexibility and alternative treatments.
Swedish will be recruiting surgeons, medical specialists, transplant nurses and other specialty support staff skilled in liver transplants.
Brian Kuske, Swedish's vice president of Ambulatory and Ancillary Services, says the goal is to perform 40 transplants annually by the fourth or fifth year of the program.
Swedish officials say the first procedures could be done within the next several months.