February 2011

February 2011 posts

Options widening for wide-necked aneurysms

Intracranial aneurysms are present in up to 4 percent of the population. These potentially dangerous vascular lesions are being detected with increasing frequency in asymptomatic patients by advances in noninvasive imaging techniques, such as magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Appearing like blisters on the wall of the brain’s blood vessels, aneurysms develop when the blood vessel’s native repair ability is exceeded by the mild, but constant, injury created by flowing blood under high pressure. The five most common risk factors for developing an aneurysm are: smoking, female gender, high blood pressure, middle age and family history.

Intracranial aneurysms are complex lesions that require a highly specialized, multidisciplinary approach that is individualized for each patient. Key members of the care team for these patients include endovascular neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons with special expertise in aneurysm surgery and neuroanesthesiologists. Availability of dedicated neurocritical care units is an essential care component. A consensus recommendation by these specialists may include close observation, obliteration of the aneurysm with a surgical clip, or filling the vascular outpouching with filamentous coils that are introduced by endovascular microcatheters via an artery in the leg. This latter process is called “coiling.”

Fast, Easy, & Bursting with Flavor

 Before Heart Month comes to a close here is a couple of ideas to get some of the sodium off your plate while pumping in tons of flavor!

Eight New Physicians Join Seattle’s Swedish Neuroscience Institute

Swedish Expands its Neuroscience Research and Treatment Center

Careers @ Swedish Issaquah

Our new facility in Issaquah will create many career opportunities in Issaquah, as well as at our existing Swedish facilities. In fact, some positions previously not recently available at other Swedish facilities will open up, due to employees accepting new positions in Issaquah. Currently, there are 25 new jobs posted for our new Issaquah Hospital. You can find them at www.swedish.org/careers.

Throughout 2011, new openings will be listed for other Swedish facilities and services (such as our Seattle hospital locations, area physician clinics, and Visiting Nurse Services program) and for our future Issaquah campus, as well as for our freestanding Ambulatory Care Centers in Redmond and Mill Creek. Some of the areas for which we anticipate opportunities early in the year include:

Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors symposium

Join us next week!
Multimodal Treatment of Spinal Tumors symposium
Friday, February 25, 2011

Course Chair: Rod J. Oskouian, Jr., M.D, Neurosurgery, Spine Surgery, Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

Today, health-care providers who treat patients with spinal tumors are able to offer a myriad of treatment options that were essentially non-existent in the recent past. Internationally renowned speaker, inventor, entrepreneur and neurosurgeon, John R. Alder, M.D., will present the keynote presentation at this year's symposium and initiate our discussion of the technical and therapeutic options available for spinal tumor patients.

For full course information and to register: http//www.swedish.org/spinaltumors2011

February Update: We "Heart" the Highlands

This will be a big year for the Swedish project, with the first phase of the medical center opening in July.

We have come a long way in a year. Here’s what’s happening in February on the construction site:

Photo of site on Feb. 3, 2010

Photo of site on Feb. 3, 2011

Hospital & Central Wings:

What Opens This July at Swedish/Issaquah?

  As a reminder, the new medical center is being opened in two stages. The first stage is the opening of the medical-office building and outpatient center in July 2011.

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