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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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Swedish's Dr. Reisner Elected President of State Medical Association

Swedish Medical Center’s Dr. Dale Reisner, MD, has been elected the new president of the Washington State Medical Association. The WSMA represents physicians, residents, medical students, and physician-assistants throughout the state.

Dr. Reisner is medical director of Obstetrical Quality and Patient Safety at Swedish in Seattle and is a maternal fetal medicine specialist. She is one of the regional experts in the management of neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, and also has extensive experience in the management of connective tissue disease and autoimmune disorders in pregnancy.

Swedish Health Services Names Anthony A. Armada Chief Executive Officer

SEATTLE, Oct. 2, 2013 – Swedish Health Services announced today that, after a national search, it has named Anthony (Tony) A. Armada as its new Chief Executive Officer, beginning Nov. 1, 2013.

Armada currently serves as President of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an academic and research hospital that operates the only Level I trauma center in the northwest Chicago region. The hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health provider in Illinois and one of the nation’s top health systems.

Prior to joining Advocate, Armada served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit, Mich. from 2004-2009. Armada also served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Metropolitan Los Angeles Service Area in California from 2000-2004.

Minor & James Medical, a Swedish Health Partner, Welcomes Seattle Urological Associates

SEATTLE, Oct. 1, 2013 – Minor & James Medical, a Swedish Health Partner, announced today that Seattle Urological Associates is joining its medical group effective Oct. 1.

As an integrated practice of Minor & James, Seattle Urological Associates can now leverage many of the same resources and health practices that are available to Minor & James physicians and patients, including its electronic health records system, online access to health information and patient services through MyChart, imaging services and more.

Enrollment in the Washington Healthplanfinder begins today

Swedish is highlighting the opening of Washington Healthplanfinder. Starting today, uninsured residents in King County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.

Swedish has a comprehensive team in place, including in-person assisters trained by the state, to help Swedish hospital or Emergency Department patients sign up for coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder and learn about their options.  Swedish is also partnering with local community clinics to help assist new patients and manage their enrollment needs.

PSBJ report details stake in Exchange enrollment for Swedish, hospitals

A recent article in the Puget Sound Business Journal details the critical role hospitals are playing in helping King County’s uninsured enroll in health care coverage through the state’s new Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange). In the piece, Swedish’s Tom Gibbon, Medicaid Expansion/Exchange Initiative Leader, highlights how Swedish is helping patients by:

Swedish Neuroscience Institute Seeks Participants for Trial of an Investigational Technology to Treat Essential Tremor

One of only four sites in U.S. to treat neurological disorder
 

SEATTLE, Sept. 26, 2013 – Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) is looking for patients willing to participate in a study of an investigational technology to treat essential tremor, a common neurological disorder, with sound rather than surgery.

An estimated 10 million people in the U.S have essential tremor (ET), which causes a rhythmic shaking or trembling of hands and arms but can also affect the head, legs and other parts of the body. It affects one out of every 25 adults over 40 and can be confused with but is different from better-known Parkinson’s disease, which is actually much less prevalent. ET produces disabilities that hamper basic daily activities and worsens over time, with severely affected patients unable to feed or care for themselves.

Dr. Ryder Gwinn, the Principle Investigator for the study at SNI who has utilized other treatments for patients with essential tremor, said focused ultrasound could be an option for many of these patients. For example, medication has been shown to be ineffective for up to half of all ET patients.

Interlocal hospitals announce their decision for potential affiliation

Two of the three North Sound public district hospitals, who formed a consortium called the Interlocals, announced a decision today to explore a formal affiliation with PeaceHealth and UW Medicine. Skagit Regional Health and Cascade Valley Hospital will pursue the affiliation.  Island Hospital announced it will not pursue an affiliation at this time.

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