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Swedish Provides Washington’s First ‘POEM’ Procedure

Per oral endoscopic myotomy could help a range of esophageal, stomach disorders


SEATTLE — September 05, 2014— Swedish surgeons became the first in Washington State to perform a Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy (POEM) procedure when they successfully treated a 36-year-old patient diagnosed with a rare esophageal disorder known as achalasia.
 
POEM involves inserting an endoscope in the patient’s esophagus through the mouth. Once in place, surgeons use several instruments placed though a channel in the endoscope to treat the affected area. In the case of Washington’s first patient to undergo the procedure, a team of Swedish surgeons led by Ralph Aye, M.D., and Brian Louie, M.D., cut though the inner wall of the esophagus to place the endoscope between the inner esophageal layer and the outer muscular wall. By cutting the inner most muscle layer, pressure created by the valve between the esophagus and the stomach was relieved and the patient’s case was treated successfully.
 
Previously, patients with achalasia were treated using five minimally invasive incisions through the abdominal wall. But because POEM does not require any external incisions, patients can recover quicker with similarly successful outcomes.

Swedish First Hill NICU Earns Level IV Designation

Washington State Department of Health designates Swedish First Hill as a top care center for newborns


SEATTLE — September 4, 2014Swedish Medical Center announced today that the Washington State Department of Health has designated its First Hill neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as a Level IV regional NICU. This designation places Swedish First Hill among an elite group of care centers in Washington – and one of only two facilities in Seattle – with the capabilities to provide the highest level of treatment for critically ill and premature newborns.
 
“Infants born early or with life-threatening conditions need instant access to specialized care and a gifted team of caregivers,” said Melissa Cate, R.N., M.N., MBA, system administrative director for Women’s, Infants and Children’s Services at Swedish Medical Center. “Swedish First Hill is honored to provide the highest level of neonatal services to families in this region.”
 
Swedish First Hill is Washington’s largest NICU, with more than 75 NICU beds. The facility treats an average of 26 babies requiring Level IV treatment and 27 babies in need of Level III care each day. With its combined birth centers at Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill and Issaquah, Swedish provides care for more than 9,000 families each year.

KOMO 4 TV interviews Dr. Renee Low about concussions in soccer

Watch the KOMO 4 TV clip of Swedish neuropsychologist Renee Low, M.D., interviewing with anchor Eric Johnson about the dangers of concussions in soccer and the importance of baseline testing.

50th Anniversary, Hospital Expansion Celebration Sept. 10 at Swedish Edmonds

Community Invited to Celebrate Hospital’s Half-Century History and Building for the Future

 

EDMONDS, WA — Aug. 29, 2014 — To mark a half-century of health care service to the community and the groundbreaking for Swedish Edmonds’ largest expansion in 40 years, the community is invited to a celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 4-6 p.m. The celebration will take place on the east side of the hospital, the future site of a $63.5 million expansion to the existing hospital campus. Celebration activities will include:

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the planned hospital expansion – a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility that will include a new emergency department (ED), urgent care, observation unit, outpatient diagnostic imaging center, new lobby, public space, 37,000-square-foot shelled second floor and more

  • Time capsule dedication and hall of history display acknowledging the hospital’s 50-year history and achievements over the decades

  • Refreshments served

KING 5 HealthLink Profiles Focused Ultrasound Research at Swedish

KING 5 TV’s HealthLink program recently aired a segment on a clinical trial being conducted at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute at its Cherry Hill hospital. The study is examining the use of a novel, noninvasive approach to treating brain disorders using focused ultrasound. The concept is appealing to clinicians, as it could provide patients with a less invasive treatment option.

The KING 5 story examines the technology’s application for the treatment of essential tremor, one of the most common movement disorders. Swedish Neuroscience Institute is also studying focused ultrasound for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.

Watch the KING 5 HealthLink story here.

Modern Healthcare Interview with Swedish CEO Tony Armada

Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada was interviewed Furst Group as part of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare. In his interview, Armada discusses his family’s connection to health care, achieving excellence in care and what convinced him that taking the helm at Swedish is the right opportunity for him to pursue.

Read the full interview on Furstgroup.com.

Swedish Surgeon Lisa Brown Named Inaugural Intuitive Fellow

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — July 24, 2014 — Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ: ISRG) today announced the launch of the first annual Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship Course through the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s (AATS) Graham Foundation. The course, which began in late July, is designed to offer an introductory training course in robotics to eight North American general thoracic surgery fellows and their attending surgeons. General thoracic surgeons specialize in procedures performed in the chest, such as surgery for lung cancer.

Among the first annual class members is Swedish Surgeon and Thoracic Surgery Fellow Lisa Brown, M.D.

The eight fellows will have the opportunity to spend two days at Intuitive Surgical's Atlanta facility to receive advanced training on Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci® Surgical System. Course Director Robert Cerfolio, MD, leading robotic surgery expert and Chief of the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama, will provide clinical instruction. This year’s fellowship recipients come from Duke University, East Carolina University, Mayo Clinic, New York University, Swedish Medical Center, University of Kentucky, University of Southern California and University of Toronto.

"This is about training young surgeons in innovative new technologies and providing surgeons-in-training the opportunity to learn about the latest surgical technologies and techniques," said Ray Pasciuto, Director of Development for AATS’s Graham Foundation. "We are grateful for Intuitive Surgical’s commitment to product training and its support of our fellowship course."

"We welcome the opportunity to support surgeons early in their professional development as they experience advanced technologies that enable the delivery of more minimally invasive thoracic surgery," said Myriam Curet, Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer at Intuitive Surgical.

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