September 2010

September 2010 posts

Swedish Adds Third da Vinci Si HD Robot and Now Has the Fastest Growing, Most Experienced Robotic-Assisted Surgical Program in the Pacific Northwest


Staying Fit to Prevent Stroke

A brisk walk for as little as 30 minutes a day can improve your health in many ways and may reduce your risk for stroke. Join me, and one of our exercise physiologists to learn how to stay fit and reduce your risk for stroke. Free blood pressure screening will also be available.

Cherry Hill - Pinard Foyer

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m

For more information, please contact Sherene Schlegel:

Office: 206-320-3484

Seattle Perinatal Researcher Awarded Two Major NIH Grants


...starts with the first step

 In my first video I talk about why I am doing this and what I hope the outcome will be. Please comment.

FDA Approves First Oral Medication for Multiple Sclerosis

This week the US Food and Drug Administration approved the release of fingolimod (trade name Gilenya®), the first oral medication for the treatment of remitting relapsing multiple sclerosis. Swedish Neuroscience Institute is proud to have participated in the pivotal clinical trial that led to the approval of Gilenya. Gilenya is a welcome addition to the set of medications available to patients living with MS. There are currently five injectable therapies and two intravenous therapies approved by the FDA for the treatment of MS. Although these treatments are very effective, many patients have been hoping for an oral alternative. Some patients are finding that they have “injection fatigue” or are running out of places to inject the medication. It is important to note, however, that not all patients should switch to Gilenya. Patients with stable disease should remain on their medications. Patients need to be informed of the risks associated with Gilenya, including slowed heart rate, increased blood pressure, difficulty breathing, abnormal liver function, and infection, and how these risks may apply to them. If you are wondering whether Gilenya is right for you, please ask your neurologist.

GE Chairman and CEO, Plus 41 Other National Health-Care Experts, to Gather in Seattle Oct. 11-12;


Swedish Looking for Artwork from Children, Young Adults to Feature in New Redmond Campus

REDMOND, WASH., Sept. 22, 2010 – Swedish is excited to be building a new campus in Redmond, located on Union Hill Road. The facility will feature a full-service Emergency Department, primary care clinic and office space for various physician specialists. In an effort to be an engaged community partner and improve the healing environment of our new facility, we would like to feature digital images of artwork or photos by children or young adults who live in the Redmond area (open to children and young adults ages 5 to 18). The digital images selected will be turned into long-lasting pieces of art to showcase in the new Swedish facility. 

“Art plays an important role in creating a positive, welcoming and healing environment. When deciding on what works of art to display at Swedish Redmond, we knew we wanted to feature local artwork. And what better pieces to include in the facility than works by children or young adults who live the in area,” said Janette Turner, a member of Swedish’s Art Committee. “Art or photos by children can often be the most healing and touching pieces, as they truly come from the heart and are often shaped by their own experiences. We look forward to showcasing works by these young members of the community.”

Digital artwork files must be submitted for consideration by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15. The artwork and an accompanying release form must be emailed to For complete details and conditions, and to download a release form, visit All submissions must comply with the following rules:   

Submission rules, terms and conditions

  • Please submit high-resolution (minimum 3200 pixels along the longest edge) digital images or scans of children’s art, or their digital photos, in a TIF or low-compressed JPG format. Images larger than 3200 pixels across are preferred.
  • The artwork and images should promote healing, health and community.
  • Entries that are submitted will belong to Swedish, although if the submission is a digital image of a child’s artwork, then the original art piece may be retained by the artist. Chosen entries may be collaged together, as space and design permits.
  • All submissions must be e-mailed to by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, Oct. 15. Please include the child or young adult’s full name in the e-mail.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a release signed by a parent or guardian, which must be e-mailed to by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, Oct. 15.
  • While this is not a formal contest, space limits the number of images that will be selected.

We welcome all entrants and their families to the grand opening celebration that will include recognizing the winners and their resulting art pieces. More information about the opening events for Swedish Redmond will be released soon.

For more information, e-mail Brooke Kempner at

About Swedish

Established in 1910, Swedish has grown over the last 100 years to become the largest, most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Greater Seattle area with 8,500 employees, 3,000-physicians and 1,200-volunteers. It is comprised of four hospital campuses – First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard and Edmonds – a freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services, and the Swedish Physician Division – a network of more than 40 primary-care and specialty clinics located throughout the Puget Sound area. In fall 2009, Swedish broke ground on a new medical office building and hospital in the Issaquah Highlands, as well as an emergency department and medical office building in Ballard. More recently, Swedish announced plans to open freestanding emergency department and ambulatory care center facilities in Mill Creek and Redmond. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit and



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