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Living our legacy

I officially joined Swedish as chief executive in November 2013. One of the many things that drew me to Swedish was its powerful legacy of innovation, care quality, and its focus on serving every member of our communities, regardless of their ability to pay.
 
Today, this legacy lives on through our team of dedicated caregivers, our leadership and our community partners. We challenge ourselves to think beyond the status quo to find the best outcomes for our patients.
 
It is an incredibly exciting time here at Swedish. During a period of unprecedented changes in the health care industry, I am proud to tell you that Swedish is stronger now than ever. Just a few years ago, our institution was stabilizing following significant financial challenges. Today, we are strongly positioned to continue delivering high quality, accessible care to the communities of Western Washington.
 
One of our most effective strategies for improving the health and well-being of those we serve is our affiliation with Providence Health & Services. I continue to hear questions about how the affiliation benefits Swedish and I want to provide you with specific examples of how the affiliation has strengthened our ability to serve more people across our communities, regardless of their ability to pay.

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FAQ - Swedish Reproductive and End-of-Life Care

Swedish often receives questions about its policies related to reproductive health and end-of-life care. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you are a member of the media working on a story with additional questions, please contact Swedish’s media relations team at (206) 998-5028.

Is Swedish a Catholic hospital?
No. Swedish is a secular (non-faith-based) organization. Swedish affiliated with Providence Health & Services in 2012 to improve the health and well-being of our communities and increase access to care.

Does Swedish follow the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services?
No. The affiliation agreement states that Swedish is a non-faith-based health care institution and is not required to follow the ERDs.

Does Swedish perform elective abortions?
No. Following clinical best practice, Swedish believes elective abortions are best performed in an outpatient setting. Swedish clinicians are able to refer to these providers/outpatient settings.

Seattle Times Guest Column: What to do First When You Hear: ‘You Have Cancer’

In a guest column featured in the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times, Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Director for Naturopathic Services Dan Labrolia, N.D., provides expert advice to patients newly diagnosed with cancer.

In the piece, Labriola, who is also director of the Northwest Natural Health Specialty Clinic, provides direction on how to select a doctor, how to evaluate a treatment center and more.

Check out the first of Labriola’s three-part series here.

Swedish/Issaquah to Announce Partnership with ISC Gunners


News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts: Gwen Williams, ISC 561-512-9713
                 gwynne.williams@issaquahsoccerclub.org
                 Erin McCullough, Swedish 425-313-2336
                 erin.mccullough@swedish.org


ISSAQUAH - April 3, 2014 - Swedish/Issaquah is delighted to announce a new partnership with Issaquah Soccer Club (ISC) Gunners, a not-for-profit youth soccer organization serving over 300 youth soccer teams and 3000 children on the Eastside.

ISC Gunners is dedicated to helping children learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community.  ISC offers programs that introduce players to the game at a very young age (under age 5) and provides development programs for players competing at the highest levels, which includes fielding teams in the Premier Development League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.

This sponsorship is part of Swedish/Issaquah’s ongoing commitment to promote health and well-being in the communities it serves.

Swedish Community Specialty Clinic’s impact profiled

The Swedish Community Specialty Clinic, which provides free specialized care for low-income patients, was recently profiled by the Catholic Health Association of the United States. The piece looks at the clinic’s impact on patient care and the savings it has generated by reducing unnecessary Emergency Department visits. Clinic Manager Tom Gibbons is quoted in the piece.

In February, Swedish was recognized for Outstanding Community Outreach by Seattle Business magazine, an award that cited the work of the Community Specialty Clinic, among other efforts.

In 2013, the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic received the Mission Leadership Award from Providence Health & Services. Swedish, a secular hospital system, is affiliated with Providence, a catholic health care ministry.

Seattle Times Guest Column: Why it’s worth signing up for insurance coverage by March 31

This week Tom Gibbon, Swedish Community Specialty Clinic Manager and co-chair the Cover King County Leadership Circle, co-authored a guest column in the Seattle Times encouraging readers to sign up for health insurance coverage before the March 31 deadline.


Read the Seattle Times column.

FDA declines approval of Lemtrada for the treatment of MS

On December 30, 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration declined to approve the use of alemtuzumab (Lemtrada) for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. The FDA stated that the manufacturer of Lemtrada “has not submitted evidence from adequate and well-controlled studies that demonstrate the benefits of Lemtrada outweigh its serious adverse effects.” This was a surprising decision to some, as only a month earlier an advisory panel of experts convened by the FDA, while raising some objections, voted to have this medicine approved. The manufacturer of Lemtrada, Genzyme, a Sanofi company, intends to appeal this decision.
 
In response, a number of MS organizations and experts have voiced their concerns that with this step, MS patients are left without a potential choice in therapy. This decision is particularly difficult for ...
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