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Swedish to Host Annual Lights of Remembrance Event May 21 to Honor People Who Have Died

SEATTLE, May 19, 2011 -- Swedish's Spritual Care department is hosting its annual Lights of Remembrance event on Saturday, May 21 from 10-11 a.m. in Glaser Auditorium on the First Hill campus (747 Broadway, first floor).

It is an opportunity for family, loved ones and caregivers from the community to take time to come together for a morning of reflection. The service is secular and includes readings, reflections, music and the lighting of candles in memory of those who have died.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a momento of their loved one(s) for display during the service.

For more information, call 206-386-2082.

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Swedish Robotic-Assisted Surgical Program Grows, Continues to Gain Momentum

Swedish Begins Patient Enrollment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial

Swedish Provides $112 Million in Community Benefit Programs and Services in 2010

SEATTLE, April 27, 2011 – In the 2010 fiscal year, Swedish increased its total community benefit giving by more than 40 percent, providing $112 million to charity and uncompensated care, health research programs and community health education services. Swedish provided $66.5 million in subsidized health-care services, $25.4 million in free or subsidized charity care assistance, $8 million in medical and health-care education, $7.9 million in research benefits and $4.3 million in community health services. This dramatic uptick in community benefits is closely tied to the economy, which has exacerbated the need for these services. In total, 14,639 patient visits were covered by charity care or were provided with financial assistance and 12,668 patients paid nothing for their care.

“We are a not-for-profit organization with a 100-year charitable history and a mission to be the best community partner possible,” said Dan Dixon, vice president of external affairs at Swedish. “It is our fiduciary responsibility to ensure that everyone in our community has access to the best available, quality care, including screenings and health education programs. Everyone in our health-care system is committed to the important responsibility we have to the health and well being of the communities we serve.”

Swedish Implements Program to Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome

Statement regarding Mammography and Its Relationship to Thyroid Cancer

At the Swedish Cancer Institute, we continue our relentless pursuit of excellence in patient-focused breast care. As such, we felt it important to address recent concerns about the safety of mammography, specifically as it relates to the amount of radiation received by the thyroid.

Based on scientific trials, we recommend annual screening mammography in women ages 40 and older. Within the United States, the death rates have dropped by 30% since the introduction of annual screening mammograms. Mammograms are not perfect, but continue to save lives. Both the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology continue to recommend annual screening mammograms in women age 40 and older.

Liver Cancer Symposium to be held at Swedish on May 6

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