April 2014
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April 2014 posts

FAQ - Swedish Reproductive and End-of-Life Care

Swedish often receives questions about its policies related to reproductive health and end-of-life care. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you are a member of the media working on a story with additional questions, please contact Swedish’s media relations team at (206) 998-5028.

Is Swedish a Catholic hospital?
No. Swedish is a secular (non-faith-based) organization. Swedish affiliated with Providence Health & Services in 2012 to improve the health and well-being of our communities and increase access to care.

Does Swedish follow the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services?
No. The affiliation agreement states that Swedish is a non-faith-based health care institution and is not required to follow the ERDs.

Does Swedish perform elective abortions?
No. Following clinical best practice, Swedish believes elective abortions are best performed in an outpatient setting. Swedish clinicians are able to refer to these providers/outpatient settings.

Seattle Times Guest Column: What to do First When You Hear: ‘You Have Cancer’

In a guest column featured in the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times, Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Director for Naturopathic Services Dan Labrolia, N.D., provides expert advice to patients newly diagnosed with cancer.

In the piece, Labriola, who is also director of the Northwest Natural Health Specialty Clinic, provides direction on how to select a doctor, how to evaluate a treatment center and more.

Check out the first of Labriola’s three-part series here.

Style '14 Fashion Show Benefit

Northwest Hope & Healing, a non-profit organization supporting women battling breast cancer, is hosting the 12th Annual Fashion Show at the Showbox in SODO on Thursday, May 1, 2014.
 
More than 30 breast cancer survivors will be modeling spring looks from several Seattle boutiques. Proceeds from this event benefit the Northwest Hope & Healing’s Patience Assistance Fund at the Swedish Cancer Institute, which helps provide everyday basics such as groceries, childcare and emergency rent for women battling breast cancer.
 
Northwest Hope & Healing has been supporting Swedish Cancer Institute patients since early 2000 and is deeply rooted in our community. We are proud to support this event and hope to see many of you there!

Physical fitness associated with improved cognition in multiple sclerosis

The benefits of exercise and being physically fit is what many people strive for.  However, a recent study added a new dimension to what exercise can do to enhance health.  In other words, exercise did more than keep a body fit.  It also made study participants think better.  You may ask, why is this new information important?  

 
Cognitive impairment is one of multiple scleroris (MS) ’s most disabling features and it can affect between 22% to 60% of people living with the disease.  Cognitive deficits may include problems with: slower information processing speed; memory impairment; difficulty with new learning and executive functioning.  Historically, medical and rehabilitation approaches to the problem have been inconsistent in improving cognition.
 
The new frontier of exercise for improved cognition provides hope. This study’s objective was to determine if there was an association between improvements in objective measures of physical fitness and performance on cognitive tests.
 
Participants were people with MS who participated in a telephone based health promotion intervention, chose to work on exercise, and who completed pre and post intervention assessments. Participants were then measured for strength, aerobic fitness, and cognition at baseline and 12 weeks later.
 
After controlling for variables such as age, gender, MS disease activity, MS type, etc. there was evidence suggesting that cognitive functioning changed over time based on level of fitness. Participants in the physically improved group showed improved performance on measures of executive functioning after 12 weeks of exercise.  The results of this study add support to the hypothesis that change in fitness is associated with improved executive functioning in people with MS. The desired outcomes are that improved cognition correlates with better quality of life, activities of daily living, vocational endeavors, and rehabilitation measures.
 
Where do we go from here? Since less is known about exercise training and cognition in MS (compared to studies demonstrating aerobic and strength training significantly improving cognitive functioning in older adults and people with mild cognitive impairment), we need more studies to examine this relationship in the MS population. 

Swedish/Issaquah to Announce Partnership with ISC Gunners


News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Gwen Williams, ISC 561-512-9713
                 gwynne.williams@issaquahsoccerclub.org
                 Erin McCullough, Swedish 425-313-2336
                 erin.mccullough@swedish.org


ISSAQUAH - April 3, 2014 - Swedish/Issaquah is delighted to announce a new partnership with Issaquah Soccer Club (ISC) Gunners, a not-for-profit youth soccer organization serving over 300 youth soccer teams and 3000 children on the Eastside.

ISC Gunners is dedicated to helping children learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community.  ISC offers programs that introduce players to the game at a very young age (under age 5) and provides development programs for players competing at the highest levels, which includes fielding teams in the Premier Development League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.

This sponsorship is part of Swedish/Issaquah’s ongoing commitment to promote health and well-being in the communities it serves.

Swedish Community Specialty Clinic’s impact profiled

The Swedish Community Specialty Clinic, which provides free specialized care for low-income patients, was recently profiled by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The piece looks at the clinic’s impact on patient care and the savings it has generated by reducing unnecessary Emergency Department visits. Clinic Manager Tom Gibbons is quoted in the piece.

In February, Swedish was recognized for Outstanding Community Outreach by Seattle Business magazine, an award that cited the work of the Community Specialty Clinic, among other efforts.

In 2013, the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic received the Mission Leadership Award from Providence Health & Services. Swedish, a secular hospital system, is affiliated with Providence, a catholic health care ministry.

Personal grants for people with multiple sclerosis

Personal grants are available from a variety of MS organizations and offer assistance for everything from mobility equipment to financial support. With summertime fast approaching, grants for cooling equipment for those that are heat sensitive are also available. Check out the links below to learn more about these opportunities.

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