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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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Seizure Device Evaluated at Swedish Receives FDA Pre-Market Approval

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 21, 2013   

Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org
                   Laura Allen – Swedish Epilepsy Center 206-320-3492

SEATTLE – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has granted pre-market approval to a California company’s device for the treatment of medically refractory epilepsy that Swedish Neuroscience Institute played a key role in evaluating.

The NeuroPace® RNS® System, a treatment for adults with partial onset seizures that have not been controlled with two or more antiepileptic drugs, received FDA premarket approval on Nov. 14, 2013. Created by Mountain View, Calif.-based NeuroPace, the RNS System is a novel, implantable therapeutic device that delivers responsive neurostimulation, an advanced technology designed to continuously monitor electrical activity in the brain, detect abnormal activity and respond by delivering imperceptible levels of electrical stimulation to normalize that activity before an individual experiences seizures.

Swedish physician Ryder Gwinn, M.D., medical director of the Swedish Neurosciences Institute Center for Neuromodulation and Functional Restoration, served as a principal investigator for the device’s feasibility and clinical trials. Swedish was one of 11 centers that evaluated the device’s feasibility and one of 32 centers that conducted the pivotal trial that led to FDA premarket approval. Swedish Neuroscience Institute will initially be the only center in the Pacific Northwest to implant the device.

Swedish Ballard Offers Open House Tonight for Expanded Oncology and Treatment Center

The Ballard community is invited to a sneak peek of the new Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) Medical Oncology and Treatment Center from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tonight - Tuesday, Nov. 12 - at Swedish Ballard, 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W., 2nd Floor.

Swedish Ballard has been providing cancer services to the community for more than 35 years. As a part of the continuing mission to provide world-class cancer care close to home, we are expanding our cancer treatment services at Ballard through the new Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Oncology and Treatment Center. This new space is an impressive 8,000+ square foot integrated facility that includes:

  • Clinic space for 5 medical oncologists
  • 13 infusions bays
  • 2 private rooms with hospital beds
  • Convenient, street-level access
  • Patient drop-off location

Medical oncologists and staff will be available to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you!

Swedish Organ Transplant Program Celebrates 40 Years of Kidney Transplantation, Receives Medicare Certification for Liver Services

SEATTLE — November 7, 2013 — Swedish Medical Center’s organ transplant program is celebrating two milestones this month – the 40th anniversary of its kidney transplant program and recent approval of its liver transplant program by Medicare.

Swedish is a longstanding leader in organ transplantation in the Pacific Northwest, particularly kidney transplantation. Now operating for 40 years, the kidney transplant program is the most experienced of its kind in the region treating more than 100 patients each year.

The recent approval by Medicare comes five years after the Washington Supreme Court approved the liver program’s certificate of need in 2008. The first liver transplant performed at Swedish was in September 2010.

Swedish Physician Named Bariatrician of the Year

Richard Lindquist, M.D. and medical program director of Swedish Weight Loss Services was named Bariatrician of the Year by the American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) in October.

Linquist, who serves on the ASBP Board of Trustees, accepted the award in Denver during a ceremony attended by more than 500 obesity medicine specialists last month. Bariatrics is the branch of medicine responsible for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of obesity.

Children’s Clinic of South Snohomish County Joins Swedish Medical Group

Swedish Medical Group (SMG), a division of Swedish Health Services, has acquired the Children’s Clinic of South Snohomish County in Edmonds, Wash.

The newly named Swedish Children's Clinic - Edmonds will continue to provide the same level of care and quality doctors that its patients have come to rely upon since the 1960s. By joining Swedish, the children’s clinic can access many of the same shared resources as other SMG members including electronic medical records.

Cornea Surgeon at Swedish Medical Center Successfully Implants FDA-Approved Telescope for Macular Degeneration

SEATTLE – October 28, 2013 – Dr. Thomas Gillette, cornea surgeon at Swedish Medical Center and Eye Associates Northwest, P.C. in Seattle, Wash. successfully implanted a tiny telescope into the eye of an end-stage macular degeneration (AMD) patient. The patient, 76-year-old Charles DePoe, had his surgery in October 2012 at Swedish. DePoe is a resident of Kennewick, Wash. and is the first and only in the state to have received the telescope implant. DePoe, who had lost nearly all of his central vision, set a goal with his surgeon, Dr. Gillette, for the implant. He wished to gain enough of his central vision back to once again recognize his wife’s face and read the newspaper. 

“We know the impact the telescope technology can have on a patient’s life. We are excited to finally be able to offer this technology on a broader basis and to be one of the first provider teams in the Pacific Northwest to help patients improve their vision and achieve a greater quality of life,” says Dr. Gillette. “More than 15 million Americans are affected by some form of AMD, and it is the leading cause of blindness in older Americans.”

Drs. Fouke, Srinivasan named among ‘30 Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know’

Sarah Jost Fouke, M.D., a Swedish neurosurgeon practicing out of the Swedish Cherry Hill, Issaquah and Redmond campuses, and Swedish-affiliated physician Jayashree Srinivasan, M.D., of  Neurosurgical Consultants in Seattle, have been named among the nation’s “30 Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know” by Becker’s Spine Review.

The list comprises women who are currently practicing orthopedic spine and neurospine surgery, many of whom have leadership roles within their organizations, participate in research and earned high recognition among their colleagues for their contributions to the field.

Read about Drs. Fouke and Srinivasan’s recognition on the Becker’s Spine website.

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