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Dr. Elizabeth Meade discusses marijuana use and kids on New Day Northwest

Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center, Elizabeth Meade, M.D., joined New Day Northwest host Margaret Larson on a special episode dedicated to marijuana in Washington State.

Dr. Meade discussed the impacts marijuana use can have on children and adolescents, as well as things parents should be aware of thinking about marijuana use and their children.

Watch the segment featuring Dr. Meade here: http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Marijuana--kids-258133961.html.


Stay connected with the latest information on improving your child's health at www.swedish.org/parentelligence.

Richard Sherman’s cancer ‘rant’ goes viral, tops 100,000 views

One week ago today, we posted a YouTube video of Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman sounding off on cancer as part of the Swedish Cancer institute’s campaign o spread the word about the launch of its new Personalized Medicine Program.


We had no idea the video would quickly go viral. This morning, the video topped 100,000 views on YouTube.
Not only has the video struck a chord with so many viewers who can relate to the need for a better approach to fighting cancer, it has also grabbed the attention of the media. Here is just a sampling of all the news outlets that have posted, covered or shared it on social media:
 
Thanks to Richard Sherman and everyone for helping to spread the word about extraordinary care and extraordinary caring at Swedish Cancer Institute.

The Swedish Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Medicine Program

Richard Sherman, Swedish donors support new program that combines genomic medicine, supportive care


News Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                           
 

Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org


SEATTLE — April 28, 2014 — The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) today announced its new Personalized Medicine Program that combines advanced medical treatments based on the unique, molecular signature of a patient’s cancer with supportive care that is designed to serve each individual’s physical and emotional health.
 
“Patients diagnosed with cancer often find themselves having to choose between advanced treatment programs typically associated with academic or research centers, and the patient-centered care they expect from their community hospital,” said SCI Executive Director Thomas Brown, M.D. “The Swedish Cancer Institute has a long history of extraordinary care, and with the addition of genomic medicine, we are continuing our legacy of giving patients the best of both worlds, now through our Personalized Medicine Program.”
 
Each patient is unique at the cellular level, so understanding the molecular fingerprint of an individual’s cancer helps guide treatment decisions. Combined with the comprehensive social services available to address the complex needs of patients and their families, SCI is striving to provide the most comprehensive, best-practice approach to treating cancer.
 

To kick-off the Personalized Medicine Program, SCI is launching a public awareness campaign that includes informative content on SwedishCancerInstitute.org as well as television spots, the first of which features Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman. The video is available for viewing here.

 
“When I was asked to support the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Personalized Medicine Program, I realized I had a new opportunity to continue my passion for supporting the Seattle community,” said Sherman, who was recently named one of the 2014’s 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME. “I’m honored to be a part of the innovative work the Swedish Cancer Institute is doing on behalf of patients and families across our region.”
 

Naren Balasubramaniam New Swedish Chief Human Resources Officer

Swedish Health Services is proud to announce that Naren Balasubramaniam will serve as its new Chief Human Resources Officer. In his role with Swedish, Naren will have accountability for the Swedish HR function and will oversee the Swedish HR team and will also lead the change management and people engagement strategies at Swedish facilities. His first day was April 21.

Swedish, Country Doctor Partnership Profiled by Seattle Times

Seattle Times health care reporter Carol Ostrom recently profiled the innovative partnership between Swedish/Cherry Hill hospital and Country Doctor Community Health Centers. The partnership created an after-hours clinic located adjacent to the Swedish Emergency Department that is designed to provide a convenient point of care for patients, as well as to reduce the number of unnecessary visits to the Swedish Cherry Hill ED.


Read the full story online in the Seattle Times.

Insufficient evidence to support complementary and alternative therapies for multiple sclerosis

A guideline was recently published about the use of complementary and alternative medicine in multiple sclerosis (MS).

The guideline process involves identifying all of the scientific articles about potential therapies and evaluating them based on their scientific merits. The evaluation process follows a strict set of requirements related to the conduct of the research.

The review included a wide variety of complementary and alternative therapies that have been proposed for MS. Not surprisingly, most therapies did not have sufficient scientific data to determine whether or not they were effective. Some cannabinoid preparations (marijuana extracts) were shown to be effective, primarily for spasticity. This reflects a relatively large number of studies done with these compounds and the availability of a commercially available extract in some countries. A handful of therapies were shown to be ineffective. Most therapies had insufficient studies to determine their effectiveness.

The importance of this review is that it ...

How we do recycling at Swedish Ballard

Did you know that the health care industry in the United States is the second largest producer of waste sent to the landfill?
 
Swedish works to improve our efforts each year by reducing waste and increasing recycling and composting. The Ballard campus had a recycling rate of 59% in 2013, one of the highest recycling rates in the country. The industry average is 36%. This campus composted 132,480 pounds of yard and food waste, and recycled 77,300 pounds of comingled materials. We accomplish this by the combined efforts of employees, patients and guests.
 
How do we do this?
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