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After Three Years of Operating Losses, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services to Close

SEATTLE, Feb. 16, 2012 – Today, officials from Swedish Visiting Nurse Services (SVNS) announced plans to close its services effective April 27, 2012. SVNS is a division of Swedish that provides in-home medical services, such as in-home nursing, physical and occupational therapy, infusion therapy, nutritional therapy, and hospice.

Having experienced significant operating losses for three years in a row, SVNS implemented a turnaround plan last June. While that effort resulted in several operational improvements, it was unable to address the underlying problems with the SVNS business model: a high wage and benefits structure, productivity issues and overtime costs combined with low reimbursement from commercial payers. SVNS was projected to lose $12 million in 2012, which would put its total loss since 2009 at $51 million.

“Knowing there are other local agencies available to effectively meet the need for home-health and hospice services in the community, we concluded that the magnitude of losses is unsustainable over the long term and that the only option was to close the service,” said Jon Younger, M.D., medical director for SVNS. “Our priority now is to work with other local agencies to ensure a seamless transition for our patients.”

KING 5 TV Airs Story on New Prescription Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

SEATTLE, Feb. 15, 2012 - KING 5 Television (NBC) aired a story about a new prescription treatment for obstructive sleep apnea called Provent. The two-minute-long piece featured an interview with Sarah Stolz, M.D., medical director of Swedish's Sleep Center.

To watch the story on KING 5 TV's Web site, click here.

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Swedish Opens Cerebrovascular Center on Cherry Hill Campus

SEATTLE, Feb. 7, 2012 – Since diagnosing and managing cerebrovascular disorders can require a complex assortment of specialty evaluations and testing, Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) recently opened a new Cerebrovascular Center on the first floor of James Tower at the Cherry Hill campus (550 17th Ave., Suite 110, Seattle).

SNI used patient-focused convenience as the foundation for designing the new facility, which opened Dec. 19, 2011.

“In this one location, SNI has consolidated its existing advanced diagnostics and interventional therapeutics, as well as the newest generation of technology,” said David Newell, M.D., cerebrovascular neurosurgeon and chief of Neuroscience. “The center also features the expertise of a care team that includes cerebrovascular neurosurgeons, vascular neurologists, neuroendovascular and radiosurgical specialists, neuroradiologists, neurohospitalists, and advanced practitioners who are trained to evaluate and treat cerebrovascular disorders.”

The facility also includes a Stroke Clinic.

A comprehensive menu of procedures

In addition to advanced diagnostics, the center offers ...

Newly Formed Partnership with Swedish Neuroscience Institute will Bolster Stroke-Care Services for Walla Walla Community

WALLA WALLA, WA, Feb. 7, 2012 – Walla Walla area residents facing a potential or actual acute stroke will benefit from a recently formed partnership between the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) Acute TeleStroke Program and Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) that will bolster WWGH’s stroke support services through 24/7, around-the-clock access to SNI’s nationally recognized stroke team experts via real-time, telemedicine-based technology.

This TeleStroke partnership provides an as-needed link between the Emergency Center team at WWGH and the comprehensive team of stroke specialists based at the Swedish/Cherry Hill campus campus in Seattle. With the help of a secure, video-conferencing network, members of SNI’s Stroke Program are able to quickly perform ‘virtual’ bedside neurological evaluations that allow them to examine patients, review brain images and quickly select the best acute stroke treatments in collaboration with WWGH Emergency Center physicians.

WWGH sees more than 125 patients a year who are experiencing signs and symptoms of TIA or Stroke. Many of those patients may qualify for the TeleStroke program. “We have the equipment and team, now we have the expertise of the physicians and staff at Swedish to help better serve our patients,” said Jackie Fullerton, vice president for patient- care services at WWGH. “The difference this can make for our patients and their families is huge.”

In fact, the first week that the program went live ...

NBC's TODAY show Airs Story on the Grandparents Class Offered at Swedish

Providence and Swedish Finalize Affiliation Agreement, Join Forces to Improve Health Care for Western Washington

Swedish Edmonds Receives National Honors in Clinical Excellence for Second Straight Year

EDMONDS, WASH., Jan. 24, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Swedish Edmonds has been named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades®, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. The HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, names Swedish Edmonds as one of only five hospitals in Washington state to receive this national honor and ranks Swedish Edmonds as among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance based on outcomes.

“For the second consecutive year, this honor recognizes the dedication of our nurses, physicians and the entire Swedish Edmonds team to clinical quality and providing patients with outstanding medical care every day,” said David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer of Swedish Edmonds. “The HealthGrades study reaffirms our strengths as a community hospital, as well as provides us with information to continue to raise the bar on patient care.”

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