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FAQ - Swedish Reproductive and End-of-Life Care

Swedish often receives questions about its policies related to reproductive health and end-of-life care. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you are a member of the media working on a story with additional questions, please contact Swedish’s media relations team at (206) 998-5028.

Is Swedish a Catholic hospital?
No. Swedish is a secular (non-faith-based) organization. Swedish affiliated with Providence Health & Services in 2012 to improve the health and well-being of our communities and increase access to care.

Does Swedish follow the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services?
No. The affiliation agreement states that Swedish is a non-faith-based health care institution and is not required to follow the ERDs.

Does Swedish perform elective abortions?
No. Following clinical best practice, Swedish believes elective abortions are best performed in an outpatient setting. Swedish clinicians are able to refer to these providers/outpatient settings.

Seattle Times Guest Column: What to do First When You Hear: ‘You Have Cancer’

In a guest column featured in the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times, Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Director for Naturopathic Services Dan Labrolia, N.D., provides expert advice to patients newly diagnosed with cancer.

In the piece, Labriola, who is also director of the Northwest Natural Health Specialty Clinic, provides direction on how to select a doctor, how to evaluate a treatment center and more.

Check out the first of Labriola’s three-part series here.

Swedish/Issaquah to Announce Partnership with ISC Gunners


News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Gwen Williams, ISC 561-512-9713
                 gwynne.williams@issaquahsoccerclub.org
                 Erin McCullough, Swedish 425-313-2336
                 erin.mccullough@swedish.org


ISSAQUAH - April 3, 2014 - Swedish/Issaquah is delighted to announce a new partnership with Issaquah Soccer Club (ISC) Gunners, a not-for-profit youth soccer organization serving over 300 youth soccer teams and 3000 children on the Eastside.

ISC Gunners is dedicated to helping children learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community.  ISC offers programs that introduce players to the game at a very young age (under age 5) and provides development programs for players competing at the highest levels, which includes fielding teams in the Premier Development League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.

This sponsorship is part of Swedish/Issaquah’s ongoing commitment to promote health and well-being in the communities it serves.

Swedish Community Specialty Clinic’s impact profiled

The Swedish Community Specialty Clinic, which provides free specialized care for low-income patients, was recently profiled by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The piece looks at the clinic’s impact on patient care and the savings it has generated by reducing unnecessary Emergency Department visits. Clinic Manager Tom Gibbons is quoted in the piece.

In February, Swedish was recognized for Outstanding Community Outreach by Seattle Business magazine, an award that cited the work of the Community Specialty Clinic, among other efforts.

In 2013, the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic received the Mission Leadership Award from Providence Health & Services. Swedish, a secular hospital system, is affiliated with Providence, a catholic health care ministry.

Seattle Times Guest Column: Why it’s worth signing up for insurance coverage by March 31

This week Tom Gibbon, Swedish Community Specialty Clinic Manager and co-chair the Cover King County Leadership Circle, co-authored a guest column in the Seattle Times encouraging readers to sign up for health insurance coverage before the March 31 deadline.


Read the Seattle Times column.

Perspectives on Health Care

From the desk of Swedish Health Services Chief Executive Anthony (Tony) A. Armada, FACHE


Dear Friends of Swedish,

During the four months since I started as Swedish's Chief Executive, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you and to learn your thoughts about Swedish, and share mine.
I am writing today to reach out to those of you I have not yet met in person. So, until I get that chance, I want to introduce myself and share some of my thoughts about this great health system.
As I am sure you know, this is a unique and very challenging time in the health care industry. The financial and economic pressures we face are significant, and both the environment we work in and the rules we must follow are changing rapidly.

Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that Swedish has never been stronger. This is true from both a financial perspective and in terms of our ability to care for the patients and families who come to us for care. We are, in 2014, able to serve more patients, deliver more babies, provide more charity care for more individuals and families and see more visitors in our neighborhood clinics than ever before.

Swedish Honored at Leaders in Health Care 2014 Event

Seattle Business magazine recognizes Swedish for Outstanding Community Outreach

News Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        
 
Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org
 
Swedish Honored at Leaders in Health Care 2014 Event
Seattle Business magazine recognizes Swedish for Outstanding Community Outreach
 
SEATTLE — Feb. 25, 2014 — Swedish Health Services’ Community Benefits Program received the Outstanding Community Outreach award at Seattle Business magazine’s fifth annual Leaders in Health Care awards celebration. The largest and most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, Swedish is known for creating high-impact community outreach programs such as the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Global to Local (G2L).
 
The Leaders in Health Care awards honor 25 outstanding organizations in eight categories, ranging from medical research to lifetime achievement. The Outstanding Community Outreach award recognizes organizations that are committed to developing and implementing original programs that improve the health of local communities.  
 
“It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Tom Gibbon, manager of the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Ballard High School Teen Clinic. “It showcases years of work that not only benefits the most vulnerable populations in our community, but also offers sustainable and replicable solutions that will change how care is delivered.”
 
The Swedish Community Benefits Program evaluates public health data and collaborates with local organizations to produce initiatives that address a wide range of community health needs in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2006, Swedish has launched more than 15 initiatives. Programs such as the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Global to Local exist to combat long-term challenges while addressing immediate health care needs.  
 

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