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State budget crisis may hurt community clinics that serve the poor and uninsured

Swedish was proud to host several community clinics and their patients this week at a vigil on our First Hill campus. The goal was to urge lawmakers, who are currently in Olympia and facing difficult decisions about the state’s budget crisis, to protect funding for community health clinics dedicated to serving uninsured and low-income individuals.

Individuals gather in support of community health clinics

More than 200 individuals gathered at the vigil.

Local clinics – such as Country Doctor, Health Point, International Community Health Services, Sea Mar, Seattle Indian Health Board and Neighbor Care – play a vital role in the health care safety net of our community.

And they are some of Swedish’s most important partners. Together, we work to provide access to health care for those in need regardless of income or insurance status.

In this economy, however, that has not been easy. We have seen a surge in uninsured and low-income patient populations. Swedish provided $112 million in charity care, Medicaid subsidies and other community benefits in 2010, double the amount from the previous year.

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Dr. Julian Perez speaks at the vigil.


Meeting the needs of underserved populations is something no single organization can do alone. It requires partnership and collaboration. 

Our work with the community health clinics is an excellent example of that. The community clinics play an important role by providing front-line primary care in local community. Swedish supports their work by making our hospitals, diagnostic services, specialists and ERs accessible to their patients and providers.

While we understand the budget realities facing our state, we encourage you to learn more about this critical issue and we urge our lawmakers to seek creative solutions to these difficult problems.

Holiday Open House at The Shops at Swedish

You’ll Have a Jolly Good Time

Need an excuse to stop by the new Swedish/Issaquah hospital? More fun than you’ve ever had in a hospital is coming up on Thursday, Dec. 8. Stop by anytime between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. for a holiday open house at The Shops at Swedish/Issaquah. It’s just one way we hope to spread some holiday cheer to the community this winter.

Bring the whole family for some fun. The event will feature:

  • A giant 7-foot gingerbread house that kids can help decorate
  • Free cookie decorating in Café 1910
  • 20%-off merchandise at The Shops at Swedish: Lily and Pearl, Comfort & Joy, Be Well and Perfect Fit boutiques – some exclusions apply
  • Free Starbucks Christmas Blend brewed coffee
  • Free apple cider and hot cocoa in Café 1910
  • Storytelling for the kids from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Jen Nielsen (www.barefootenrichment.com)

  • Coloring contest for kids – the first 250 submissions will receive a free 12-inch Swedish Build-a-Bear teddy bear

Kids will have a blast decorating the giant gingerbread house with our Café chefs! Also, come find that perfect package for a family member, friend or loved one. And, browse our festive holiday decorations and home accessories.

In addition, Café 1910 will remain open for dinner until 8 p.m. 

Happy Holidays from Swedish/Issaquah! We Ho-Ho-Hope to see you on Dec. 8!

Swedish/Issaquah Fully Open

The Eastside community has a new, full-service hospital with the complete opening of the 550,000 square-foot campus at Swedish/Issaquah on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The final phase of construction is complete, and hospital staff and patients now have full access to this revolutionary new facility. From the five-story medical office building and the cancer center to the visitor-friendly environs of Café 1910 and the retail stores, the public will encounter an entirely new hospital experience.

There is no better way to celebrate opening a new hospital than by welcoming a new baby into the world. The newest and youngest patient of Swedish/Issaquah, 8-pound, 20-inch-long Liliana Yozelin, was born at 7:23 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, one day after Swedish/Issaquah officially opened its doors for inpatients. Liliana is the second child born to Zulma Gutierrez-Tiznado and Francisco Javier Rodriguez of Issaquah.

What opened on Nov. 1?

  • Inpatient Surgery

  • Childbirth Center

  • Pediatric Inpatient Unit
  • Medical/Surgical Inpatient Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit

Interested in having your baby at Swedish/Issaquah?

Browse through provider bios and find one that’s right for you here. You can also register to attend one of our free OB Speed Dating events where you can meet with several OBs one-on-one within an hour. Learn more and register to attend here.

Need to find a provider?

Whether you need primary care or more specialized services, below are providers to care for you and your entire family. We're excited to bring these providers to the Swedish/Issaquah campus. Click here to see a list of providers at Swedish/Issaquah.

Movember at Swedish Thoracic Surgery

November is associated with two significant cancer awareness efforts that have meaning to all of the staff at Swedish Thoracic Surgery.

First, and most important to us, November is Lung Cancer Awareness month.  Each year for the last 6 years we have suported this important cancer with an event for the public.  Lung cancer is the most common cancer and remains the deadliest of all cancers.  Yet, is is always shrouded in secrecy because of its association with smoking.  But, many of the patients quit smoking some time ago or were never smokers and must still face this deadly disease.

This year, a public event - Shine a Light on Lung Cancer -  will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2001 at 5:30 pm at Gilda's Club on 1400 Broadway.  Anyone who has been touched by lung cancer is encouraged to attend.

Second, November is also becoming known as Movember.  This movement has been to support men's cancer initiatives and prostate cancer with the LIVESTRONG Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation.  The men at Swedish Thoracic Surgery have come out in support of both of these important issues and are participating in Movember.  As of November 1, 2011 - all of us were clean shaven.

Find your Perfect Fit

In light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, The Shops at Swedish/Issaquah are hosting a unique, complimentary event for women on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Are you one of the eight out of 10 women wearing the wrong size bra? Many women don’t realize that they should have a bra fit every year to ensure their size has not changed. Finding the right size bra can be very challenging and that’s why the experts as Perfect Fit are here to help. The right bra can change the way you look in your clothes and make you feel more confident.

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the next weeks are a reminder to take time and care for your breast health. Please join us for our Perfect Fit event on Oct. 25 from 6-8 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to get fit and meet with our breast-health staff. The event will also feature appetizers by Tutta Bella, styling and seated chair massage by Gene Juarez, and a skin-care experience by Clarisonic. For more information, visit www.theshopsatswedish.org or call our Wellness Navigator at 425-313-7092.

Swedish and Providence Join Forces to Improve Health Care

These are some of the most challenging times in our country’s history for both health care and the economy. As Greater Seattle’s largest nonprofit provider, we believe it is Swedish’s responsibility to lead the region through these difficult times and serve the community no matter what the circumstances. Today, I am very proud to announce that Swedish is leading the way in partnership with Providence Health & Services. Both of our boards recently approved an innovative plan to join forces and form a new integrated health system to serve Western Washington.

There are still many details to be worked out, and the affiliation is pending regulatory review. But when finalized, our new system will dramatically improve health care for the region and serve as a local solution to the nation’s health-care crisis.

What makes our affiliation so innovative is that it is not a merger or acquisition. Rather, it is a unique structure that will allow us to work together to coordinate care for the region while respecting our individual identities and heritage.

In other words, Swedish will still be Swedish. We are keeping our name and will not become a Catholic organization. Likewise, Providence will still be Providence. They will keep their name and maintain their Catholic identity.

What will change, however, is that we will closely collaborate to coordinate care seamlessly for patients from Centralia to Seattle to Everett by:

  • Harnessing the power of electronic health records to better serve patients and improve clinical outcomes
  • Using our collective data to drive rapid quality and safety improvements
  • Sharing resources to assure underserved communities have access to the continuum of care, including subspecialized care and innovative research
  • Working together to implement best practices and gain operating efficiencies so that we can reduce costs and make health care more affordable for government payers, commercial insurers and employers.

A partner with a shared mission

Everyone has a story

What do you want to be when you grow up? A concert pianist? A doctor?

Dr. Greg Foltz became both. How did he decide to dedicate his life to finding a cure for brain cancer? Watch the clips below to find out.

Watch this clip from KING5's Evening Magazine to learn more about his journey from pianist to perfectionist in search of a cure for brain cancer:

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