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Swedish Health Services Partners with Kindred Healthcare to Deliver New TeleICU Program

Kindred Hospital Seattle First Hill offers additional clinical monitoring and support for patients


SEATTLE – Feb. 18, 2015 – Starting today, Kindred Hospital Seattle First Hill will begin using Swedish’s TeleICU system to provide an additional layer of care and clinical monitoring for its patients.

Using two-way cameras and audio feeds, TeleICU allows remote care teams to conduct rounds, provide services and support ICU nurses. Special early-warning software collects information about blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, medication orders and X-rays to give the TeleICU teams vital information to monitor each patient's status closely, along with onsite caregivers. With the flip of a switch, the TeleICU team can communicate directly with the patient’s nurse and provide needed support. The TeleICU team typically includes an intensivist, registered nurses and support staff who monitor patients in multiple hospitals.

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.”

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NPR Airs Story on Stroke, Why Certified Stroke Centers like Swedish - Especially Those with TeleStroke Programs - are Making a Difference

SEATTLE, Dec. 14, 2009 -- Every minute-and-a-half, on average, someone in America suffers a stroke. That's 795,000 strokes a year -- a big toll by any measure. Strokes are the third-ranking cause of death and the leading cause of disability. But most stroke specialists think it doesn't have to...

Swedish Neuroscience Institute TeleStroke Program Signs Contract with Lake Chelan Community Hospital

CHELAN, WA, July 17, 2009 – Lake Chelan area residents or visitors facing a potential or actual acute stroke will now benefit from a recently formed partnership between the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) TeleStroke Program and Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH) that will bolster the L...

Swedish's TeleStroke Program Featured in TV News Story on Effectiveness of Videoconferencing-Based Stroke Care

SEATTLE, May 28, 2009 -- The Swedish Neuroscience Institute's TeleStroke Program was featured in a story that KCPQ Television (Channel 13; FOX) aired today about how high-quality videoconferencing can increase patient access to stroke specialists according to an American Heart Association sc...

Swedish Neuroscience Institute TeleStroke Program Signs Contract with Jefferson Healthcare in Port Townsend, Wash.

PORT TOWNSEND, WA, Jan. 15, 2009 – Jefferson County area residents facing a potential or actual acute stroke will now benefit from a recently formed partnership between the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) TeleStroke Program and Jefferson Healthcare that will bolster the Port Towns...

Swedish Neuroscience Institute TeleStroke Program Signs Contract with Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, WA, Nov. 21, 2008 – On Monday, Dec. 1 Skagit County area residents facing a potential or actual acute stroke will benefit from a recently formed partnership between the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) TeleStroke Program and Skagit Valley Hospital that will bolster th...
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