May 2014
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Summer 2014 Cancer Community Walks & Runs

Each year, the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) partners with local and national organizations in an effort to help spread awareness of cancer, associated treatments, and resources available in our communities.
 
Summer 2014 is no different. We’ve signed on to take part in more events than ever before—and we want you to join us! As an active patient, survivor, family member, friend or advocate, your voice and participation matter.
 
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
These overnight community fundraising walks help raise money to fund cancer research, education, and support services like Hope Lodge®, Road to Recovery®, Look Good, Feel Better®, and Reach to Recovery®, all American Cancer Society-run programs. The Swedish Cancer Institute patients gain access to these programs throughout the Swedish network. There are several Relay for Life events going on in the Puget Sound. The Swedish Cancer Institute is taking part in:

Becker’s Hospital Review names Swedish/Cherry Hill a Top 100 Hospital for Patient Engagement

Swedish highest ranked Washington state hospital in the 2014 Patient Engagement Ranking


SEATTLE — May 15, 2014 — Swedish Medical Center announced today its Cherry Hill campus was named a Top 100 Hospital in the inaugural National Patient Engagement Ranking by Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange. With a score of 78.7 out of 100, Swedish/Cherry Hill was the highest ranked among three Washington state hospitals recognized on the Top 100 list.

National rankings evaluated more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals. Scores were based on publicly available data such as readmissions and patient satisfaction as well as tools and resources available to help patients better manage their health. For example, social media interaction and online support, including health records and mobile/tablet/desktop tools were reviewed. More details on the rankings and methodology can be found here.


Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange announced the results for the 100 Top Hospitals for Patient Engagement at the Becker’s Hospital Review 5th Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 15-17.
 
Swedish is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, providing its communities with the highest quality patient-centered care for more than a century.

Ballard News Tribune covers the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Personalized Medicine Program

The Swedish Cancer Institute Executive Director Thomas Brown, M.D., recently spoke with the Ballard News Tribune about the launch of SCI’s Personalized Medicine Program and what it means for patients in the local community.

Read the Ballard News Tribune story with Dr. Brown here.

New products available for allergy treatment

For those with seasonal allergies, treatment can be as simple as an over-the-counter medication, but often requires more.  The good news is that there are a lot of options now. Some new products have been recently approved by the FDA to help individuals who are dealing with grass and ragweed allergies.

The treatment of nasal and eye symptoms from allergies includes antihistamines, nasal sprays and allergy shots.  Over the counter antihistamines include diphenhydramine (ex. Benadryl), loratadine (ex. Claritin), cetirizine (ex. Zyrtec), or fexofenadine (ex. Allegra).  Over the counter allergy eye drops are also available, such as ketotifen (ex.Zaditor).  Together, these help with itchy, sneezy, watery nose and eyes.  Nasal antihistamines are prescription and also help with these symptoms.  Nasal steroids help decrease congestion and postnasal drip.  

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Why do some people continue to have difficulty hearing even with a hearing aid?

Why is one person a successful hearing aid user while another is not?  What factors contribute to such diverse outcomes?

Many rave about using amplification and report that acquiring hearing aids is a life changing event that opens up the world to a wide range of sounds and improves communication.  But some people report that they are reluctant to obtain amplification because they have known friends or a family member that obtained advanced hearing aids but continued to struggle hearing during group activities.  

Why is one person a successful hearing aid user while another is not?  What factors contribute to such diverse outcomes?

How to eat more vegetables

Did you know half of your plate should be from vegetables? Here are some ways to get more vegetables into your family’s meals and snacks.
 
1. Experiment with a new vegetable each week or each month!

Check out your local farmers market or produce aisle for something new and seasonal. Search the web or your favorite cook book for ideas on preparation, and don’t be afraid! Find recipes with some of your other favorite flavors or styles and you may just find your new favorite vegetable.

2. Get sneaky

  • Pureed peppers, zucchini or carrots can be “snuck” into tomato sauces for pasta or pizza. Not even the pickiest eater will notice!
  • Cauliflower, carrots or sweet potato can be steamed and pureed into mashed potatoes or a casserole.
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Swedish/First Hill Receives Fifth Consecutive ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

Four Swedish hospitals achieve top safety ranking awarded by the Leapfrog Group


SEATTLE — May 7, 2014 — Swedish Health Services’ Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill and Issaquah hospitals have received ‘A’ grades for patient safety in the Spring 2014 update to the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score. Swedish/First Hill has now received a top patient safety rating from Leapfrog for five straight score releases, making it one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to do so.
 
Swedish/Issaquah earned a top grade for the first time it was eligible.
 
“At Swedish, safety is our greatest commitment to patients, and that is why we constantly refer to our Culture of Safety,” said Swedish Chief Executive Anthony Armada. “This recognition by Leapfrog is greatly appreciated and humbling, but safety is more than just a goal, it is a never-ending process that is at the heart of the care we provide.”
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