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Peggy Shortt, MN, ARNP

Peggy Shortt, MN, ARNP

Manager, Swedish Deep Brain Stimulation Program

Peggy O’Neil Shortt, MN, ARNP, is the manager of the Deep Brain Stimulation Program at Swedish. She oversees all DBS surgical outcomes, communicates with referring doctors, and coordinates pre- and post-operative clinical procedures and follow-up care. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Washington. You can call the DBS program at (206)320-2847.

Blog Posts by Peggy Shortt, MN, ARNP

Pinky's Passion for Parkinson's Disease research

The DBS Program Staff rallied support for Pat Erickson on Saturday July 26th at the annual Pinky’s Passion Walk in Edmonds.  Pat and her husband Steve started a foundation several years ago to raise funds for Parkinson’s research.  They host several lively fundraisers every year, and they really know  how to throw a party.  A great time in the summer sun was had by all.  Pat (Pinky) recently underwent DBS surgery, and she spoke at the event about her Swedish care experience with great fondness and appreciation.  More about  Pinky’s story and her fight for a cure can be found here.

Deep brain stimulation for dystonia


Swedish DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) patient Ian Curtis shares his story with the community in a segment that aired on KUOW last week.  He was interviewed with internationally recognized neurosurgeon Andres Lozano who was visiting Seattle. Click here to read or hear the story from KUOW.

Supporting patients with Parkinson's Disease

On Saturday, May 17, Swedish was well represented at the Washington Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Annual Magic of Hope Dinner and Auction.  Several of our Swedish Neuroscience Institute providers, patients, caregivers, families, and distinguished community members attended the event, and contributed toward a successful fund raiser.  Swedish offered a generous donation to help sponsor the event, and Swedish patient and his wife David and Nancy Jones contributed a generous financial gift for programs and services for those living with Parkinson’s Disease in our communities.

Swedish is proud to partner with the APDA to support research, education, programs and services that stay in our community to benefit those living with Parkinson's Disease.

Update from essential tremor (ET) forum

On Saturday, January 25, essential tremor (ET) patients in the community gathered for a symposium on the diagnosis, medical management and interventions for the treatment of tremor.  Swedish planned the event in collaboration with the International Essential Tremor Foundation.  Over 120 people in our community gathered to learn and share their stories. Dr. Gwinn discussed the MR Focused Ultrasound study, Gamma Knife, and Deep Brain Stimulation as treatment options for essential tremor.  Patients also shared their experiences with DBS.  It was a great event!

Dystonia Forum at Swedish Cherry Hill

We are excited to offer our annual Dystonia Forum coming up this Thursday at the Swedish Cherry Hill Campus. Click here to see the event flyer. It is not too late to register for lunch and a session that is sure to be informative and supportive. Hope you can join us!

The benefits of DBS and neuromodulation: helping patients

After working in the field of neuromodulation for the past 25 years, I have seen many advances in the field; both in our understanding of the nervous system, and new technology designed to target specific neuronal pathways that will offer the best outcome for patients. It is an exciting field with new investigations that lead to ever expanding knowledge. However, what really keeps me interested in the field after all these years is the opportunity and privilege to be a part of our patients lives on a daily basis. The picture and comment shared below from a grateful patient who had DBS with us two years ago says it all…

"I look back on my experience at Swedish with a grateful heart... thankful for every day I've been given.."

New considerations given about when to refer for Deep Brain Stimulation

Every year in the fall, our Swedish DBS Team has a table in the exhibit area at the Hope Conference for Parkinson's Disease. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet people in the PD community, and spend time chatting with our other neuroscience colleagues from centers in the area.

I am always surprised by the numbers of people who come by and say, “I am not ready, my disease is not bad enough, I am too young, or I haven't had PD long enough”...

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