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Swedish is a non-profit health system serving the greater Seattle area for more than 100 years. We strive to be a resource for the community and provide health information, both online and off. Here you’ll find posts from the newsroom and other Swedish news updates.

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June Altaras Named Chief Executive of Swedish Seattle

Long-time Swedish leader also recognized as Puget Sound Business Journal ‘Woman of Influence’


SEATTLE, Nov. 19, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer and Swedish Seattle Chief Operating Officer June Altaras, R.N., M.N., as the new chief executive of Swedish Seattle, which includes the First Hill and Cherry Hill hospital campuses. Altaras will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, 2015.

Swedish Chief Executive Officer Anthony Armada, FACHE, announced the promotion to Swedish caregivers on Nov. 18, the same day Altaras was recognized at an event by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the community’s ‘Women of Influence.’

“June embodies the very spirit of Swedish’s promise to provide every patient with extraordinary care and extraordinary caring,” Armada said. “June is well known and greatly respected throughout our system for her commitment to patient safety and quality, her relationship and dedication to our caregivers and for her vision as a transformative health care leader. Swedish, and our community, are very fortunate to have her and I am very pleased she will continue to support a legacy we enjoy of strong senior leadership and excellent caregivers at Swedish Seattle”

Ebola Preparedness Continues in Washington Hospitals


ContactsJoby Winans, DOH Communications Office (360) 236-4077
                         Clay Holtzman, Swedish Media Relations (206) 386-2748

OLYMPIA – Preparations for identifying, isolating, evaluating and treating patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease in Washington continues, even though the likelihood of the virus appearing in the state is still considered low.

Using guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals throughout the state are making plans to rapidly identify, isolate and safely evaluate people with suspected Ebola.

In addition to standard preparation for screening and identification, eight hospitals have committed to working towards the level of preparation that is required for the ongoing care and treatment of a patient with Ebola, as needed. CHI Franciscan Health (Harrison Medical Center – Bremerton campus), MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center (Issaquah), Virginia Mason Hospital, and UW Medicine (Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center) are taking additional steps in their preparedness activities to provide that care.

 

Swedish Edmonds Recognized With 3rd Consecutive ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

Edmonds, Wash. — November 7, 2014 — Swedish Edmonds was honored for the third consecutive time with an ‘A’ grade in the Fall 2014 update to the national Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
 
“We are pleased to receive this recognition on behalf of all our caregivers at Swedish Edmonds and the community we serve,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish Edmonds. “Patient safety and quality of care are top priorities at the hospital, and we are very gratified to see that our hard work is making a measurable difference.”

MEDIA ALERT: Swedish Launches ‘Voices of Cancer’ Podcast

New program hosted by Thrive Through Cancer founder takes on common issues faced by cancer patients and their loved ones


What: Today, Swedish is launching “Voices of Cancer,” a weekly podcast sponsored by the Swedish Cancer Institute and hosted by cancer survivor and Thrive Through Cancer founder Rose Ibarra. The series tackles issues that people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones commonly face—from dating and careers to parenting and research.
                               
Episode I starts at the beginning—“The Diagnosis.” The series will continue with discussions around cancer and:

  • Careers

  • Relationships

  • Parenting

  • Friends

  • The latest research and treatment options

Two Swedish Hospitals Join National Nursing Skills Program

Swedish First Hill and Cherry Hill hospitals have joined the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACCN) Clinical Scene Investigator (CSI) Academy, a national quality improvement program designed to empower bedside nurses as clinician leaders.

“Involving nursing staff in a transformational leadership program such as the AACN CSI Academy truly helps inspire staff to take their nursing practice to the next level,” said June Altaras, Swedish’s chief nursing officer, in AACN’s news release announcing the program’s rollout in the Seattle region. “The evidence-based program supports nurses in their efforts to create relevant and lasting solutions for the health and safety of their patients.”

First Hill and Cherry Hill are two of the seven hospitals to offer this program in the Seattle region. Read the AACCN news release to learn more.

Swedish Honored for Achieving Quality Measures for Stroke Care

The American Heart/Stroke Associations recognize Swedish Cherry Hill with Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award

SEATTLE, Nov. 3, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today its Cherry Hill campus received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The Get With The Guidelines Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The award indicates that Swedish Cherry Hill meets specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
 
Swedish also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Swedish Specialty Dental Clinic for Low-Income Residents Receives National Recognition

Swedish Community Specialty Clinic’s oral surgery program receives Golden Apple award from the American Dental Association


SEATTLE—Oct. 16, 2014—The Swedish Community Specialty Clinic’s dental program, which has provided complex oral surgery care for more than 1,800 low-income adults, announced today that it received the American Dental Association’s Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Access to Dental Care Programs. The specialty dental program—a partnership between the Seattle - King County Dental Society, Project Access Northwest, Seattle Special Care Dentistry and Swedish — has provided more than $2.4 million in free care since its inception in 2011.
 
“Before this clinic opened, many low-income adults had nowhere to go but the emergency room when they had painful, acute dental conditions,” said Tom Gibbon, manager of the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic. “This program ensures that everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, has access to specialty dental care in the right place, at the right time.”
 
Patients with complex oral health conditions are referred to the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic’s dental program at the First Hill campus from safety-net dental clinics across King County.

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