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FDA Questions Safety of Constipation Medication

On Monday the New York Times published an article about the FDA’s plan to research the safety of a very commonly prescribed medication, polyethylene glycol 3350 or PEG 3350 (most commonly known under the brand name, MiraLAX®).  As a pediatric gastroenterologist who often recommends this medication, I wanted to share my personal thoughts after reading the article.

First of all, although the news was certainly a surprise to me, it was a pleasant one. I was ...

Swedish Edmonds Names Interim Chief Executive Officer

Swedish Ballard chief executive officer Jennifer Graves to join Swedish Edmonds on Jan. 1, 2015, with the retirement of David Jaffe
 


SEATTLE – Dec. 15, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Jennifer Graves, chief executive officer (CEO) of Swedish Ballard, as the interim CEO of Swedish Edmonds. Graves will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, 2015, with the retirement of current CEO David Jaffe.

Community Partnership Provides Life-Changing Orthopedic Care to Uninsured Local Patients

Operation Walk brought to Seattle for second year by Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest, Orthopedic Physician Associates, Physicians Anesthesia Service


SEATTLE – Dec. 2, 2014 – For the second straight year, local patients in need of orthopedic surgical care will receive donated medical services through a partnership between Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest, Orthopedic Physician Associates and Physicians Anesthesia Service. The partnership is part of the national Operation Walk USA program and will provide local, uninsured patients with donated medical, surgical and rehabilitation care during the week of Dec. 1-5.

Painful joints, whether caused by chronic conditions such as arthritis, an injury, or a lifetime of wear and tear, can be a significant barrier to living a healthy and productive life. For many uninsured or underinsured patients, these conditions mean a lifetime of pain, frustration and dependency.

 

June Altaras Named Chief Executive of Swedish Seattle

Long-time Swedish leader also recognized as Puget Sound Business Journal ‘Woman of Influence’


SEATTLE – Nov. 19, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer and Swedish Seattle Chief Operating Officer June Altaras, R.N., M.N., as the new chief executive of Swedish Seattle, which includes the First Hill and Cherry Hill hospital campuses. Altaras will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, 2015.

Swedish Chief Executive Officer Anthony Armada, FACHE, announced the promotion to Swedish caregivers on Nov. 18, the same day Altaras was recognized at an event by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the community’s ‘Women of Influence.’

“June embodies the very spirit of Swedish’s promise to provide every patient with extraordinary care and extraordinary caring,” Armada said. “June is well known and greatly respected throughout our system for her commitment to patient safety and quality, her relationship and dedication to our caregivers and for her vision as a transformative health care leader. Swedish, and our community, are very fortunate to have her and I am very pleased she will continue to support a legacy we enjoy of strong senior leadership and excellent caregivers at Swedish Seattle”

Ebola Preparedness Continues in Washington Hospitals


ContactsJoby Winans, DOH Communications Office (360) 236-4077
                         Clay Holtzman, Swedish Media Relations (206) 386-2748

OLYMPIA – Preparations for identifying, isolating, evaluating and treating patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease in Washington continues, even though the likelihood of the virus appearing in the state is still considered low.

Using guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals throughout the state are making plans to rapidly identify, isolate and safely evaluate people with suspected Ebola.

In addition to standard preparation for screening and identification, eight hospitals have committed to working towards the level of preparation that is required for the ongoing care and treatment of a patient with Ebola, as needed. CHI Franciscan Health (Harrison Medical Center – Bremerton campus), MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center (Issaquah), Virginia Mason Hospital, and UW Medicine (Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center) are taking additional steps in their preparedness activities to provide that care.

 

Swedish Edmonds Recognized With 3rd Consecutive ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

Edmonds, Wash. — November 7, 2014 — Swedish Edmonds was honored for the third consecutive time with an ‘A’ grade in the Fall 2014 update to the national Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
 
“We are pleased to receive this recognition on behalf of all our caregivers at Swedish Edmonds and the community we serve,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish Edmonds. “Patient safety and quality of care are top priorities at the hospital, and we are very gratified to see that our hard work is making a measurable difference.”

MEDIA ALERT: Swedish Launches ‘Voices of Cancer’ Podcast

New program hosted by Thrive Through Cancer founder takes on common issues faced by cancer patients and their loved ones


What: Today, Swedish is launching “Voices of Cancer,” a weekly podcast sponsored by the Swedish Cancer Institute and hosted by cancer survivor and Thrive Through Cancer founder Rose Ibarra. The series tackles issues that people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones commonly face—from dating and careers to parenting and research.
                               
Episode I starts at the beginning—“The Diagnosis.” The series will continue with discussions around cancer and:

  • Careers

  • Relationships

  • Parenting

  • Friends

  • The latest research and treatment options

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