June 2011
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June 2011 posts

Issue 10 - Swedish Looking Forward to Working Creatively with SEIU to Find a Fair Solution – Three Potential Solutions Discussed Today

 In order to ensure a thriving future for Swedish, SEIU must share part of the burden for reducing expenses over the next three years. Swedish presented three potential options to show areas where SEIU could identify opportunities to narrow the gap and reduce expenses over the next three years. Potential solutions include:

Gentlemen, How's Your Engine Running?

We assess all sorts of things everyday. How’s the stock market? How’s the car running? What’s the weather planning for us today?  

But when was the last time you looked at how your own engine is running? It’s time to do a personal health assessment to get a look at your health profile.

There are screenings that are recommended at certain ages that will tell you what your health profile is looking like, so you can take an active role in reducing your risk for disease.

Screening tests for men

What you need to be checked for and when:

Issue 9 - SEIUs Staffing Proposals Add Millions to Swedish’s Operating Budget at a Time When We Must Work Together to Find $200 Million in Savings

Swedish Demonstrates Existing Staffing Models are Safe, Given Nationally Recognized Quality and Safety Achievements

An Appetite for Summer (Summer produce worth getting excited about)

IT'S HERE! The most exciting event of the year (no, I am not talking about the Nordstrom Anniversary sale), it’s the start of summer! While the weather takes its time to transition, I am pleased to present to you an alternative reason to keep wearing your eager smile: summer produce! This is perhaps one of the most generous seasons, offering a rainbow of fruits and vegetables exploding with honeyed and tart flavors.

(Are you hungry yet?)

Summer Produce

This is a rough prediction of when you can expect to see the following produce in season:

You may have noticed that cherries, currants, raspberries, and strawberries are already brightening up grocery bins. Next month (brace yourself) apples, apricots, blueberries, blackberries, boysenberries, figs, huckle/goose/logan/marionberries, nectarines, peaches, pears, and plums will be all be begging to be placed in your grocery bag. Broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, onion, peas, tomato and zucchini will be irresistibly fresh beginning in July that even the “veggie-hater” surrenders. Corn, peppers and melons can be welcomed around the same time as the hydroplanes (August). Herbs also thrive this season, starting in June and extending through September, and include basil, cilantro, dill, fennel, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, sage, and tarragon.

Summer Favorites:

Hey, Baby, What's Your Sign?

When a baby is 9-months-old and waves bye-bye, they are using the sign that you’ve taught them. The baby has the motor skills to sign and communicate but not the verbal skills yet.
Using sign language with babies can greatly reduce the frustration that is felt by both the parents and the child.

There comes a time when your child wants something but they can’t verbalize what it is. They will usually point and whine. Then we play the guessing game.

Mom: “Would you like juice?”

Child: shake of the head, more point and whine.

Mom: “Would you like a snack?”

Child: stomp the foot, more point and whine.

Mom: “Ugh, I don’t know what you want. Would you like a cookie?”

Child: (Through body language) Oh? A cookie? Sure, why not!

Mom: Whew!

Child: (Learns that point and whine will get me either what I want or a cookie. I’ll need to do that more often.)

Starting at about 6 months of age, you can expose your child to signing. By about 9 months of age, they can communicate their needs.

Signing will not slow their speech; in fact, by showing them that communication goes both ways, they can learn to speak sooner. You’ll want to show them the sign and say the word with it, so they learn to associate the word with the sign.

Here are a few basic signs that are easy to teach, but very helpful:

Issue 8 - Union Asks for Extra Pay for Missed Breaks

Swedish's current dependability policy is very generous; allows equivalent of 28 days of unscheduled absences per year.

The Cure for the Common Hospital - Join Us at the Swedish Issaquah Opening Event!

What if you could build a brand new hospital from scratch? How would you build it to be the most patient-friendly, forward-thinking facility of its kind?

Someday, there will be a hospital built to challenge our idea of what a hospital should be.

Someday, there will be a hospital focused on both healthier patients and a healthier planet.

And someday, there will be a hospital that is as much a place to gather as it is to heal.

That someday is now.

Join us on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to explore the cure for the common hospital. It’s an exciting time, and we’re looking forward to opening this innovative, patient-centric facility to serve the residents of Greater Issaquah/Sammamish and East King County.

Click here to read more about the open house event, find directions and parking or shuttle information, sign up to receive a free health screening at the event, or register for a free health class.

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