February 2010

February 2010 posts

Large, National Study that Swedish Took Part in Showed Less Invasive Neck Stents for Stroke are Safe, Work as Well as Surgery in High-Risk Patients


Groundbreaking Study Using Ultrasound for Treatment of Intracerebral, Intraventricular Hemorrhage Stroke Shows Promise


Stevens One Step Closer to Affiliation with Swedish; Long-Term Lease Designed to Help the Community Hospital Expand, Improve Quality of Care, Offer More Services


Swedish Foundation Bucks National Trend; Sets Fund-raising Record in Dour Year for Health-Care Groups

Swedish Moves Forward on Redmond Ambulatory Care, Emergency Facility; New Center Slated to Open by End of 2010


Journal Retracts Study that Spurred Concerns of Potential Link between Autism-Like Symptoms, MMR Vaccine; Swedish Physician Interviewed for KIRO TV Story

Journal retracts study

Perspectives on Healthcare - Winter 2010

The goal of this series, “Perspectives in Health Care,” is to provide a point of view on various aspects of the future health care. Because end-of-life planning has become such a lightening-rod issue, I thought it would be worthwhile to make it the focus of this letter.

At some point in the health-care debate, the issue of end-of-life planning became associated with “death panels” and the idea that a group of bureaucrats will decide who lives and who doesn’t. That’s a shame because that’s not what end-of-life planning is about. In fact, it’s the opposite of that.

End-of-life planning is about you taking control and making your own decisions about how you want to live out the last few years, months and days of your life. It’s about understanding your options in advance; consulting with family and physicians (even pastors and attorneys); and making your end-of-life wishes known via advance directives and living wills.

In my view, it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your loved ones, especially if you’re seriously ill or nearing the final stages of a chronic condition. It allows you and your clinical team to plan a course of care that will help you have the best possible quality of life given your medical condition, so that you and your loved ones can make the most of your time together.

Providing the best possible quality of life in the final days

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