SEATTLE, Sept. 13, 2012 - In light of how unique it is that Swedish's three chiefs of staff - Drs. Mary Weiss (First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard campuses), Michelle Sinnett (Edmonds campus), and Lily Jung Henson (Issaquah campus) - are all women, Washington Healthcare News recently published a related article titled 'Swedish Shatters any Vestige of a Glass Ceiling' by Swedish's Chief Medical Officer John Vassall, M.D.
Washington Healthcare News Publishes Article on Swedish's Three Chiefs of Staff - All Female Physician Leaders
The most common bacterial illness in children accounting for millions of doctor visits each year is otitis media — a middle ear infection. Acute otitis media typically occurs during or after a cold, upper respiratory infection or bout with allergies when the Eustachian tube that connects the middle ear to the throat becomes swollen and traps fluid. The fluid can cultivate bacteria or viruses, causing an infection.
Is there any way to protect your child from this potentially painful illness? How do you know if treatment is needed? We spoke with Swedish Otolaryngologist Linnea Peterson, M.D. who helped us separate fact from fiction regarding middle ear infections.
There is no way to avoid repeated ear infections; they’re just a part of childhood.
- “Though it’s true that otitis media is one of the most common childhood ailments, parents can take steps to reduce their child’s risk,” says Dr. Peterson. “Consider....
There are many things we do less of now than in the past, and sleeping is one of them. In fact, studies show that people sleep an average of 20-percent less today than they did a century ago. Then, nine hours of sleep a night was typical; today it is closer to seven and a half hours spent in bed, with considerably less spent actually sleeping. And it’s not just adults that are sleeping less. The National Sleep Foundation’s annual survey in 2004 found that children were also getting less sleep than they needed, including infants.
“A few reasons we are sleeping less include the invention of electric light, jobs becoming more urban in nature, and an increase in technology in the home,” explains Darius Zoroufy, M.D., medical director of the Lake Sammamish Sleep Center.
Technology is one of the most glaring reasons behind American’s lack of sleep. “A 2009 study reported that TV is the number one factor keeping adults awake,” says Dr. Zoroufy. Computers, iPods, and cell phones are similar culprits.
“Not only are these things taking up our time, but they are stimulating us mentally, making it difficult for us to shift gears and fall asleep.”
Swedish Pediatric Sleep Specialist, Preetam Bandla, M.D., agrees. “Light from screen media can activate the light-sensitive circadian cells in our brains that regulate when we are maximally alert and maximally sleepy,” he explains, “So our TVs and computer screens can keep us from wanting to sleep.”
Technology is not solely to blame for our lack of sleep, however. “The majority of sleep problems result from self imposed and externally imposed factors,” says Dr. Zoroufy. “There are simply too many opportunities and pressures to stay awake.”
The demands of work, school, family and social activities are causing people to become overscheduled and the first thing people give up is sleep. “The idea that we can sleep less and still function well is a misperception,” says Dr. Bandla.
So how much sleep do we need and what can we do to obtain it?
Today's the day! Or at least one of the many days that fun things are happening at Swedish.
Today is one of our Patient Appreciation days from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Swedish/Issaquah.
If you live or work on the Eastside, we hope you'll have a chance to stop by. Our friends at Coho Café will be providing free samples of a heart-healthy dish and two Swedish dieticians will be on-hand to provide heart-healthy eating advice. (But even if you can't come in person, you'll find over 100 tasty heart healthy recipes that are dietitian approved here. If you try one out, come back & share in the comments if you liked it!)
We’re also offering 200 free blood pressure screenings on a first-come-first-serve basis. Free stress-relieving massages will also be given throughout the event.
Speaking of stress, if you're stressed that you can't stop by, you can still participate in the fun online. Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.(Pacific Time), find and tweet the answer of this question to @Swedish:
“What is the American Heart Association recommendation for healthy blood pressure?”
Remember, you need to include "@Swedish" in your tweet so we can see your response! We'll provide the answer at noon, and one person who answers correctly will be randomly selected and awarded a Gene Juarez gift certificate for a 60-minute, stress-relieving massage. (You'll need to be local and willing to pick up the gift card in person - make sure you're following @Swedish on Twitter so we can DM you if you win!).
Join us for a night out at Swedish!
What do a surgical robot and the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet have in common? You can see both at Swedish/Issaquah on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
Bring your valentine to this fun night out at Swedish — the Sammamish Symphony String Quartet will be holding a 90-minute performance starting at 6 p.m. Swedish is excited to host the quartet, so bring your family, friends and neighbors for this free community concert. It promises to be a fun, relaxed evening. While listening to the quartet’s beautiful music, you can also browse and shop our boutiques. The Shops at Swedish will remain open until 8 p.m. — find that special gift for your valentine, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Plus, complimentary chair massages will be offered in the Be Well shop — come take advantage of the mini massages.
In addition, Swedish’s new robotic surgical system will be out on display; you can see the high-tech equipment used for knee surgeries up close! (Can't come, but interested in how the robots are used in knee surgeries? Check out these highlights from a live knee surgery.)
Café 1910 — Swedish/Issaquah’s café — will be open until 8 p.m. so stop by to meet our chefs and see what delicious food they have to offer. As an added treat during the event, Starbucks will offer a free tall drip of their featured Valentine’s Coffee — Verona.
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!
If you’re expecting or thinking about having a baby, finding the right doctor is a pretty good place to start this incredible journey. But how to find the right doctor? You could try OB Speed Dating.
When you come to OB Speed Dating, you’ll meet several doctors who will deliver at our beautiful new campus located in the Issaquah Highlands starting November 1. By participating in a 'speed dating' session, you can get to know them in a fun, low-key environment. You are able to participate in five-minute one-on-one interviews with each obstetrician or family-practice doctor with an OB specialty. If you hit it off with one, then you can make a follow-up appointment when you’re ready to start your care.
Before and after the speed-dating interviews, you can exchange notes with other parents, learn about prenatal care and Swedish classes for expectant and new parents and take a mini-tour of the new campus.
To sign up for the next OB Speed Dating session (on November 17 at Swedish/Issaquah), visit www.swedish.org/baby. Pre-registration is required.