July 2011

July 2011 posts

Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that sculpts and shapes the tummy, flanks, hips, thighs, arms and neck performed by Dr. Scott Sattler, plastic surgeon in the Seattle metro area

It Is Time

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week next week, I’d like to talk about the issue of feeding a baby. You’ve probably heard the statistics on the benefits of breastfeeding but, I’d like to talk about the history of breastfeeding, how formula fits in, and tolerance.

Over the last century or more, women have been searching for an alternative means to feed their babies, rather than breastfeed. We’re too busy or we want our Independence. Unfortunately, maybe the mother died during childbirth or the baby was adopted. Then there’s the sexualization of the female breasts which has caused some people to turn away from breastfeeding or to persecute those who choose to breastfeed.

Prior to 1867, there were limited ways for a baby to be fed. The mother could breastfeed, family members or a ‘wet nurse’ (a breastfeeding surrogate nanny), or there was the milk from a nonhuman mammal such as a cow or goat. The latter two options did not prove very successful because of the difficulties for the baby to digest the milk.

A ‘formula’ developed in 1915 based on nonfat cow’s milk, lactose, oleo oils and vegetable oils became the basis for modern, commercially prepared infant formula. Although there have been improvements to infant formula over the years.

As parents, we make 100’s of decisions everyday. There are some that are easier than others, like whether we want to wear pants or a skirt, high heels or flats. We get so used to making decisions that oftentimes we don’t even realize we’re doing it.

Some decisions carry more weight....

Special Edition Swedish Responds to SEIU Accusation of “Breaking the Law”

Last week you received a SEIU newsletter accusing Swedish of “breaking the law” and we want to set the record straight.

We have not and will not violate the law or our contract with SEIU and it is disheartening to see such blatantly misleading claims.

SEIU raised concerns during our last negotiation session that some managers were restricting employees from talking about union matters. We agreed to reiterate and clarify our long-standing policy to managers, which we have done. We were not wrong in what we communicated to managers and we never said anything to this effect at the bargaining table, as was falsely claimed in SEIU’s recent communication. We want to ensure everyone understands Swedish’s policy, so we’ve outlined it below:

First and foremost, we are here to care for our patients. While patients or customers are present, that is our only focus. Employees may discuss matters of personal interest, whether its related to the Union or how the Mariners lost another game, provided the conversation does not interfere with patient care or work duties and responsibilities. In accordance with our contract, Union organizers may meet with employees only in public areas such as the cafeteria, but not in employee lounges or work areas.

We take great pride in our commitment to fair and honest bargaining and take exception when Swedish is wrongly accused of “breaking the law.” Swedish is hopeful that the parties can now return to the work at hand: negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement. The current contract has been extended through August 31 and the next bargaining session is set for August 5, there will also be several sub-committee meetings scheduled in the next few weeks.

Questions or Comments?

As always, we appreciate hearing from you. Please feel free to submit questions or feedback to corporate.communications@swedish.org or here at www.swedish.org/negotiationsnews.

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A Closer Look at the Valley Contract

A Closer Look is a new publication aimed to provide a deeper look into some of the issues important to Swedish and our employees. As Swedish and SEIU are involved in contract negotiations around wages, benefits and other issues for RNs, technical staff and service workers, it is important to provide more in-depth information about some of the issues and topics that surface as a result of negotiations.

Swedish, along with other healthcare organizations, is facing some of the toughest economic times in recent history. The perfect storm of the recession and healthcare reform have redefined our financial environment and for the foreseeable future, it will be our “New Normal.” As a result, Swedish must find $200 million in savings over the next three years. The business decisions we will make, as well as our SEIU contract proposals across all areas, reflect this “New Normal” and its impact on our ability to remain financially stable.

Oh Baby! And Your Favorite Baby Is...

What a cutie! So adorable. How precious. These were just a few of the comments people mentioned when voting for their favorite Swedish Edmonds baby. Last month we asked folks to select their favorite baby from four of our newborns featured on our Have a Happy Birth Day billboards in Edmonds, Mill Creek and along Mukilteo Speedway.

Rules and Chores

Everywhere we go, there are rules. The mall, at school, at work, at other people’s houses, etc. Our children learn early on that rules of acceptable behavior changes from place to place. We can yell and scream at the park but not at the grocery store. We teach our children to use ‘inside voices’ at the appropriate places and when it’s okay to run and play. The child whose parents have not taught them how to behave in the classroom (by taking them to the library) can have a rougher start at school. Ask any kindergarten teacher.

There seems to be a trend in parenting nowadays, where the parents want to give the child what they want, because they fear that their child will not like them.

Will not ‘like’ them? We’re not talking about Facebook ‘like’, we’re talking about genuine “my child won’t like me if I make them clean their room”.

Knock. Knock. Helloooo, parents? I’ve got a secret.

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