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TomoTherapy Added at Swedish Ballard; Advanced Radiation Treatment System is Unique in the Seattle Area

SEATTLE – Dec. 23, 20101 – The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) will soon open a new community-based radiation treatment center on the Swedish Ballard campus. The centerpiece is the first TomoTherapy® Hi-Art® system in the Seattle metropolitan area. It is a unique, unified medical device that combines CT imaging with full helical delivery of highly targeted, intensity-modulated radiation therapy designed to treat particularly difficult tumor targets as well as common types of cancers.

Swedish Expands Radiosurgery Services

There was cause for celebration in the Swedish Radiosurgery Center on Thursday, Dec. 16, as neurosurgeon Ronald Young, M.D. (left), medical director of the Gamma Knife® program, and radiation oncologist Bob Meier, M.D. (below), medical director of the CyberKnife program, treated the center’s first two Gamma Knifepatients. The center, formerly known as the Seattle CyberKnife Center, supports both the Swedish Cancer Institute and the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

The center has offered CyberKnife services since 2006. This year Swedish installed an Elekta Leksell Perfexion Gamma Knife®, making it one of the most advanced stereotactic radiosurgery centers in the country. CyberKnife can be used to treat cancerous and noncancerous tumors in all areas of the body.

At Swedish, Gamma Knife will be used to treat cancer of the brain and some neurological conditions, such as essential tremor, trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations. Providing Swedish neurosurgeons and radiation oncologists access to both of these advanced technologies gives them greater flexibility in selecting the best radiation therapy for their patients. For more information, go to www.swedish.org/radiosurgery or call 206-320-7130.

Swedish, Seattle Anesthesia Outreach Team Up to Help Deliver Needed Medical Equipment to Hospital in Ethiopia

SEATTLE, Dec. 17, 2010 -- Seattle Anesthesia Outreach (SAO), a Seattle charity co-founded by Swedish-affiliated anesthesiologists Drs. Richard Solazzi and Mark Cullen, recently joined with the Boeing Humanitarian Delivery Flights program and Ethiopian Airlines to deliver much needed anesthesia equipment to Black Lion Hospital – Ethiopia’s largest hospital. The delivery took place Dec. 16 with the majority of medical supplies donated by Swedish.

Swedish Establishes Integrated Radiosurgery Center; Gamma Knife Paired with CyberKnife® in First Facility of its Kind in the Region

SNI Grand Rounds Series 2010 - Extending the Window for Stroke Therapy: The Role of Imaging

Thursday December 16, 2010
7:30am - 8:30am
Swedish Education and Conference Center, Room B
Gregory W. Albers, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Stanford University
Objectives:

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an increased ability to:

  • Discuss options for expanding the treatment window for acute ischemic stroke
  • Review the role of neuroimaging for identification of salvable tissue in stroke patients
  • Discuss the results of the DEFUSE trial and the study design of the ongoing DEFUSE 2

SNI Grand Round Series is every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Swedish Redmond Emergency Department, Ambulatory Care Center Set to Open

REDMOND, WASH., Dec. 10, 2010 – Prompt access to medical care in East King County is about to get a lot easier. Swedish this month opens a new freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center (ACC) at 18100 Union Hill Rd. in Redmond. A community open house is planned on Sat., Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the first patients will be treated on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

“We are very pleased that Swedish chose Redmond for its second in a series of advanced ACCs,” said Redmond Mayor John Marchione. “It will be a strong complement to the health-care infrastructure already in place here.”

What Eric Eats

Unfortunately my wife Lisa broke her ankle which has made my schedule somewhat erratic. So I apologize for the delay I taped this almost two weeks ago but have not had a chance to post them. 

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