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Dana Lewis

Dana Lewis

Digital Media & Internal Communications | Swedish Blog Administrator

Dana Lewis manages the digital/web marketing, social media, and internal communications at Swedish, and also manages the Swedish blog. She writes about innovation and happenings at Swedish and social media in health care. Contact her regarding the blog at Blog@Swedish.org.

Blog Posts by Dana Lewis

Personalized medicine is the future of healthcare

If you were diagnosed with cancer or another disease, wouldn’t you want your treatment and medicines to be as unique as you are?

This is a growing trend in medicine where the type of treatment a patient gets depends on their DNA.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Hank Kaplan of the Swedish Cancer Institute spoke with KING5 about the I-SPY clinical trial (click here to watch the KING5 story).

The usual treatment for breast cancer may be surgery, followed by chemotherapy, possibly radiation and as a last resort, a clinical trial.

The I-SPY clinical trial turns that thinking upside down by actually extracting DNA from a tumor to figure out which new drug will likely work best, then giving it to the patient first, even before surgery.

"The goal of the I-SPY trial is really to develop a faster and cheaper way to develop new drugs for breast cancer . We're hoping that this is a new paradigm that will work for other kinds of cancer too," said Dr. Kaplan.

Everyone has a story

What do you want to be when you grow up? A concert pianist? A doctor?

Dr. Greg Foltz became both. How did he decide to dedicate his life to finding a cure for brain cancer? Watch the clips below to find out.

Watch this clip from KING5's Evening Magazine to learn more about his journey from pianist to perfectionist in search of a cure for brain cancer:

Summer Toy Drive for Pediatrics

I received this note from Evi Feltus, one of our amazing certified child life specialists:

"Swedish Pediatrics is holding a summer toy drive in July and August to replenish our treasure chest. Our amazing December toy drive sustained us for six months. We are looking for small toys valued under $10 to give out to children following difficult procedures.

Suggestions include:

  • My Little Ponies
  • Transformers
  • Hot Wheels
  • Barbies
  • Lego sets
  • etc.

We are also seeking interactive light-up toddler toys to distract young patients during their stay.

Donations can be dropped off at 9 East Pediatrics on the First Hill campus any time; please remember to fill out a donation form for tax purposes. You can also mail them to 747 Broadway Seattle, WA 98122. Please include your name, address and phone number for tax purposes.

Also, Swedish Medical Center Pediatrics is registered at Target (new window will open) if you are looking for additional items or suggestions.

Thank you for your continued support in providing a comforting environment for our patients!"

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(Questions about the toy drive? Email us at blog@swedish.org)

Swedish Issaquah Now Open

It’s not often you get the opportunity to build a new hospital from the ground up. But Swedish/Issaquah isn’t just a new physical structure, it’s new philosophically, too, offering Eastsiders a new way to be well, get well and stay well. With advances in technology, an environmentally friendly design and new hospital infrastructure, the campus was designed to be different. We are thrilled to be able to meet the health-care needs of the community with this new medical center in the Issaquah Highlands, open today.

What opens today?

Also opening is the pharmacy, Education & Conference Center, café and our retail stores.

The Cure for the Common Hospital - Join Us at the Swedish Issaquah Opening Event!

What if you could build a brand new hospital from scratch? How would you build it to be the most patient-friendly, forward-thinking facility of its kind?

Someday, there will be a hospital built to challenge our idea of what a hospital should be.

Someday, there will be a hospital focused on both healthier patients and a healthier planet.

And someday, there will be a hospital that is as much a place to gather as it is to heal.

That someday is now.

Join us on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore the cure for the common hospital. It’s an exciting time, and we’re looking forward to opening this innovative, patient-centric facility to serve the residents of Greater Issaquah/Sammamish and East King County.

Click here to read more about the open house event, find directions and parking or shuttle information, sign up to receive a free health screening at the event, or register for a free health class.

You can also:

In honor of our patients

Our bereavement team sent this picture to share in honor of our patients on Memorial Day:

"Each Memorial Day we pause and reflect on the numbers of people who have touched our lives and honor the patients who have been in our care. This year we made a paper quilt (paper represents impermanence) with one heart image to honor each patient who passed away in the last year."

Making a difference, one nurse at a time

I recently had the opportunity to 'meet' one of the many great nurses at Swedish, Sue Averill. I say 'meet' because while I'm currently blogging from Seattle, she's volunteering her time in Guatemala and serving as a medical coordinator for a Doctors Without Borders project. Sue and another great nurse, Staci Kelley, are both ER nurses at Swedish Cherry Hill, Ballard, and Mill Creek. They started a non-profit organization three years ago to help nurses become involved in volunteer work at home and abroad. They offer a free directory of organizations using nurse volunteers that can be sorted to match nursing interests and skills to the needs. They also offer scholarships to help offset trip costs for nurses volunteering on international missions. 

I had the opportunity to chat online with Sue while she was in Guatemala to learn more about "One Nurse At A Time" and her passion for volunteer nursing:

You work as a nurse in Seattle, caring for patients in Swedish's emergency departments. What made you think about volunteering your extra time as a nurse?

Sue:
In 1999 a friend of mine was volunteering for Healing the Children and needed a Spanish speaking nurse to work recovery on a facial surgery team in Guatemala. I went and in one week, was hooked! I loved the work, the people, the process, the culture, the kids. I learned so much and gained far more than I gave. It was the hardest thing I’d ever done and by far, the most rewarding.



Sue Averill in Manila.

What sparked your interest in volunteering abroad? How did you find out about opportunities for nurses?

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