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Newly Formed Partnership with Swedish Neuroscience Institute will Bolster Stroke-Care Services for Walla Walla Community

WALLA WALLA, WA, Feb. 7, 2012 – Walla Walla area residents facing a potential or actual acute stroke will benefit from a recently formed partnership between the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (SNI) Acute TeleStroke Program and Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) that will bolster WWGH’s stroke support services through 24/7, around-the-clock access to SNI’s nationally recognized stroke team experts via real-time, telemedicine-based technology.

This TeleStroke partnership provides an as-needed link between the Emergency Center team at WWGH and the comprehensive team of stroke specialists based at the Swedish/Cherry Hill campus campus in Seattle. With the help of a secure, video-conferencing network, members of SNI’s Stroke Program are able to quickly perform ‘virtual’ bedside neurological evaluations that allow them to examine patients, review brain images and quickly select the best acute stroke treatments in collaboration with WWGH Emergency Center physicians.

WWGH sees more than 125 patients a year who are experiencing signs and symptoms of TIA or Stroke. Many of those patients may qualify for the TeleStroke program. “We have the equipment and team, now we have the expertise of the physicians and staff at Swedish to help better serve our patients,” said Jackie Fullerton, vice president for patient- care services at WWGH. “The difference this can make for our patients and their families is huge.”

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Swedish Edmonds Receives National Honors in Clinical Excellence for Second Straight Year

EDMONDS, WASH., Jan. 24, 2012 – For the second year in a row, Swedish Edmonds has been named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence™ by HealthGrades®, a leading independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. The HealthGrades Hospital Quality and Clinical Excellence study, released today, names Swedish Edmonds as one of only five hospitals in Washington state to receive this national honor and ranks Swedish Edmonds as among the top 5 percent of hospitals in the nation for clinical performance based on outcomes.

“For the second consecutive year, this honor recognizes the dedication of our nurses, physicians and the entire Swedish Edmonds team to clinical quality and providing patients with outstanding medical care every day,” said David Jaffe, interim chief administrative officer of Swedish Edmonds. “The HealthGrades study reaffirms our strengths as a community hospital, as well as provides us with information to continue to raise the bar on patient care.”

Emergency Cardiac Care at Four Swedish Campuses Recognized by the Washington State Department of Health

SEATTLE, Dec. 20, 2011 – Swedish recently learned that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) certified four of its campuses to provide emergency cardiac care services to patients throughout the Puget Sound region. Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds received Level 1 designations, and Swedish First Hill and Swedish Ballard received Level 2 designations.

The DOH recently developed the emergency cardiac system to provide a consistent, statewide certification program that recognizes the level of emergency care available to cardiac patients in medical facilities across Washington state.

This new designation confirms Swedish’s long standing role as a leader in providing critical cardiac care in emergency settings. The Level 1 designation for Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds signifies that both campuses have the full range of equipment and staffing to provide 24/7 percutaneous (catheter-based) cardiac interventions as a provision of the Level 1 emergency cardiac care designation.

Swedish Produces Short Video Featuring Two Quick, Easy and Healthy Holiday Drink Recipes

 Swedish recently shot and produced a short video featuring two recipes for quick, easy and healthy Holiday drinks.

Swedish to Host Online Live Stream Dec. 16 about Essential Tremor and Its Treatment Options, Including Deep Brain Stimulation

Swedish Offers Comprehensive Diabetes Care for Pregnant Women; New Service Designed to Help Patients With Diabetes Deliver Healthy Babies

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