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The Leapfrog Group Names Swedish/First Hill Among Nation’s Top Urban Hospitals

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(Left to right) Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, presents the Top Hospital Award to Director of Quality and Patient Safety Mary Gregg, M.D., Chief Medical Officer John Vassall, M.D., and Quality and Patient Safety Data Analyst Mike Weidemann.

SEATTLE, Dec. 4, 2012 – The Leapfrog Group’s annual class of ‘Top Hospitals’ – just 89 from a field of nearly 1,200 – was announced today in Baltimore, Md., and includes Swedish Medical Center/First Hill for the third year in a row. The announcement took place at Leapfrog’s Annual Meeting.

Swedish Receives $2.5 Million Grant from the Ivy Foundation to Advance Brain Cancer Research

SEATTLE, Nov. 29, 2012 - Swedish Medical Center announced today that the Ben and Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (Ivy Center) will receive an additional $2.5 million grant from the Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation (Ivy Foundation). The grant, the second received from the Ivy Foundation in three years, will be used to identify new drugs with potential for clinical use in brain cancer treatment.

Swedish’s First Hill and Ballard Campuses Awarded an ‘A’ for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

SEATTLE, Nov. 28, 2012 – Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill and Ballard campuses were honored today with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score – the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Swedish Issaquah ER Receives National Recognition for Patient Satisfaction

ISSAQUAH, WASH., Nov. 21, 2012 – When people think of an emergency room (ER) the words ‘patient satisfaction’ are probably not the first that come to mind. However, at the Swedish Issaquah ER patient satisfaction is a top priority – and now the facility has been nationally recognized for its work in this area.

Swedish Pediatrics to Host Annual Holidays at The Hospital Community Event Dec. 2

SEATTLE, Nov. 20, 2012 - Swedish Pediatrics is hosting its third-annual Holidays at The Hospital event for their patients, families, friends and the community at large. This free and festive holiday celebration will be held Sunday, Dec. 2 from 1-4 p.m. in the 1101 Madison Medical Tower lobby on the Swedish/First Hill campus in Seattle.

Swedish Foundation Raises $100 Million to Help Meet Increasing Demand for Regional Health-Care Services

SEATTLE, Oct. 26, 2012 – Swedish Medical Center's seven-year fund-raising initiative, called The Campaign for Swedish, has raised $103 million, exceeding its initial $100 million fund-raising goal in approximately five-and-a-half years. The Campaign, launched to help improve patient care and treatment options throughout the Swedish system, is the largest fund-raising effort undertaken by the private, non-profit health system to date.

Fall Arts Showcase Slated for Nov. 1 at Swedish/Issaquah

ISSAQUAH, WASH., Oct. 23, 2012 – The public is invited to ‘A Night Out at Swedish: Fall Arts Showcase’ on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 6-8 p.m. This free evening event, which will take place in the first-floor lobby of Swedish/Issaquah (751 N.E. Blakely Dr.), will feature a community concert by the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet.

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