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Swedish Advances the Art and Science of Endoscopy; New Center Now Open on 2 SW at First Hill Campus

SEATTLE, March 21, 2012 – In the closing weeks of 2011, Swedish opened the largest, most advanced endoscopy center in the Pacific Northwest on the First Hill campus in Seattle. The 21,600-square-foot, state-of-the-art unit serves as the procedural space for a broad range of minimally invasive cases performed by gastroenterologists, colo-rectal specialists, thoracic and bariatric surgeons and pulmonologists on patients with a broad range of digestive and respiratory diseases.

“This uniquely designed space offers physicians and surgeons from diverse specialties and practices the opportunity to bring their patients the highest level of care in a collaborative, safe and comfortable environment that is easily accessed, spacious and welcoming,” said Swedish Chief Medical Officer John Vassall, M.D.

The new unit was completed just over a year after Swedish Medical Group formed Swedish Gastroenterology – a new, employed gastroenterology, hepatology and endoscopy service that brought together several local gastroenterologists in one Swedish-based group dedicated to providing patients with the highest level specialty and subspecialty care available. Founded by Drs. Drew Schembre and Jack Brandabur, Swedish Gastroenterology was created to bring ...

Crosscut.com Posts Article with an Update on the Global to Local Initiative that Swedish is Supporting

SEATTLE, March 7, 2012 - Today Crosscut.com posted an article by free-lance journalist and Seattle-based stringer for the New York Times Collin Tong titled, 'Seattle's global health powerhouses turn their attention to south King County.' The almost 1,900-word piece provided an update on the Global to Local (G2L)initiative that Swedish has been supporting over the last two years.

G2L is a coalition of local and global health groups that have banded together to bring the lessons they've learned in developing countries to south King County, where the health index is as bad as Nairobi ...

Swedish/Issaquah Adds Robotic-Assisted, Partial-Knee Replacement or ‘Resurfacing’ Procedure; Free Educational Seminars Scheduled for March 14, April 4

ISSAQUAH, WASH., March 6, 2012 – In 2010 the Swedish Orthopedic Institute (SOI) became the first facility in the Puget Sound area to perform MAKOplasty®, a new partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to treat early- to mid-stage osteoarthritis. This procedure, which may be a viable alternative to total knee replacement or traditional manual partial knee resurfacing, is now available at Swedish/Issaquah.

“We are really pleased we can offer Eastside residents access to this state-of-the-art technology,” said SOI-affiliated orthopedic surgeon Gregory Komenda, M.D., who is with Proliance Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine. “We believe MAKOplasty offers an alternative for osteoarthritis patients who have not responded to non-surgical treatments or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications.”

KING TV's Evening Magazine Program Airs Story about Leap Day Babies Featuring a Newborn Who Arrived at Swedish Feb. 29

SEATTLE, March 1, 2012 - KING Television's (Channel 5, NBC) Evening Magazine program aired a story last night about Leap Day babies that featured a newborn who arrived at Swedish on Feb. 29.

The baby girl - one of at least 15 born at the First Hill campus yesterday and among more than 7,500 infants born each year between Swedish's four childbirth centers - arrived yesterday morning around 5 a.m.

Mammography-Detected Breast Cancer in 40-49 Year-olds Has Better Prognosis

SEATTLE, Feb. 23, 2012 – Based on a study of nearly 2,000 breast-cancer patients, researchers at the Swedish Cancer Institute say that, in women between the ages of 40 and 49, breast cancers detected by mammography have a better prognosis. The study appears in the March issue of Radiology.

“In our study, women aged 40 to 49 whose breast cancer was detected by mammography were easier to treat and had less recurring disease and mortality, because their cancer was found at an earlier stage,” Henry Kaplan, M.D., medical oncologist with Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI).  

KING 5 TV Airs Story about Procedure to Restore Hearing that Features Medical Director of Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery at Swedish

SEATTLE, Feb. 21, 2012 - KING 5 Television (NBC) aired a story on Feb. 20 about a surgical procedure to restore hearing that involved implating a tiny, artificial bone in the inner ear after a woman accidentally punctured her eardrum with a Q-Tip.

Douglas Backous, M.D., medical director of the Swedish Neuroscience Institute's Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery, was interviewed for the piece.

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

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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.”

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