December 2010
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Working in a Winter Wonderland: December Swedish Issaquah Update

Work continues at a fast pace at Swedish/Issaquah. Specifically, the crew is enclosing the building with exterior finishes to protect interior work from the cold, windy and wet weather coming our way. Mechanical, plumbing, electrical and drywall work continues within the interior spaces of the hospital wings, while painting and installing ceiling assemblies and floor finishes will finish up on level 1 of the medical office building. Between January 2010 (when major work started) through end of August 2010, construction has generated 709 tons of mixed-waste material, with 643 tons of it diverted to recycling.

Swedish Adds Two New Board Members

Brain Tumor Board Launches WebEx® Remote Conferencing

The brain tumor board at Swedish/Cherry Hill successfully launched its first WebEx® conference on Monday, November 29 from a Seattle Science Foundation conference room. Dr. Namou Kim presented a case remotely from his office at First Hill, and an Ivy Center staff member attended the conference from the East Coast. The software allows providers to attend the conference remotely via desktop computer and telephone when a patient they refer is being discussed, or they can present films and pathology to the subspecialists present onsite at the conference. The program will now be rolled out to physicians throughout the Pacific Northwest. For more information or to present a case, contact John W. Henson, MD, FAAN, at john.henson@swedish.org or 206-320-2300.

The Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List; Swedish One of Only Two Hospitals in Pacific Northwest to Achieve Prestigious National Designation Considered Gold Standard in Measuring Hospital Performance

Swedish Named a Leap Frog Top Hospital

The Leapfrog Group Announces Annual Top Hospitals List

The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of top hospitals – 65 from a field of nearly 1,200 – was announced today in Washington, D.C. and, for the first time, included Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill and Cherry Hill campuses. The announcement came at Leapfrog’s 10th anniversary meeting. A complete list of 2010 Leapfrog Top Hospitals can be viewed at www.leapfroggroup.org.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage – including Boeing and the Washington State Healthcare Authority – which was founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health-care safety, quality and affordability. Initially organized by the Business Roundtable, it is now an independent advocacy group working with a broad range of partners, including hospitals and insurers.

The ‘Top Hospital’ selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s national survey, which launched in 2001. It measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality, including:

  • The use of computer physician order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors;
  • Standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery;
  • Protocols and policies to reduce medical errors and other safe practices recommended by the National Quality Forat um; and
  • Adequate nurse and physician staffing

The results of the survey are posted www.leapfroggroup.org.

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