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American Cancer Society, Swedish Partner to Promote Relays For Life, Health and Cancer Awareness

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Relay for Life events planned for Ballard, Edmonds, Issaquah, Mill Creek, Redmond communities in May, June and August

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Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org

                  Kimberly Dinsdale, American Cancer Society, 206-674-4150, kimberly.dinsdale@cancer.org


 
WHAT:
The Washington Chapter of the American Cancer Society and Swedish Health Services are partnering to organize Relay for Life events in the Ballard, Edmonds, Issaquah, Mill Creek and Redmond communities. Each Relay for Life event will feature hundreds of cancer survivors, supporters and advocates working together to raise awareness and funding for cancer research.
 
Relay For Life began in 1985, in Tacoma with a local colorectal surgeon, Dr. Gordy Klatt, who walked and ran around a track for 24 hours and raised $27,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, Relay For Life will take place in nearly 6,000 communities in the United States and 21 other countries and will raise funds to support the Society’s mission of saving lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and fighting back.
 
Media will have access to film/interview Relay participants, learn more about the latest efforts to battle cancer and more.
 
WHEN:
  • Edmonds, Issaquah and Mill Creek - Saturday, May 31at 12 p.m.
  • Redmond - Saturday, June 7 at 12 p.m.
  • Ballard - August date to be announced

Becker’s Hospital Review names Swedish/Cherry Hill a Top 100 Hospital for Patient Engagement

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Swedish highest ranked Washington state hospital in the 2014 Patient Engagement Ranking


SEATTLE — May 15, 2014 — Swedish Medical Center announced today its Cherry Hill campus was named a Top 100 Hospital in the inaugural National Patient Engagement Ranking by Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange. With a score of 78.7 out of 100, Swedish/Cherry Hill was the highest ranked among three Washington state hospitals recognized on the Top 100 list.

National rankings evaluated more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals. Scores were based on publicly available data such as readmissions and patient satisfaction as well as tools and resources available to help patients better manage their health. For example, social media interaction and online support, including health records and mobile/tablet/desktop tools were reviewed. More details on the rankings and methodology can be found here.


Becker’s Hospital Review and Axial Exchange announced the results for the 100 Top Hospitals for Patient Engagement at the Becker’s Hospital Review 5th Annual Meeting in Chicago, May 15-17.
 
Swedish is the largest and most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, providing its communities with the highest quality patient-centered care for more than a century.

Ballard News Tribune covers the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Personalized Medicine Program

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The Swedish Cancer Institute Executive Director Thomas Brown, M.D., recently spoke with the Ballard News Tribune about the launch of SCI’s Personalized Medicine Program and what it means for patients in the local community.

Read the Ballard News Tribune story with Dr. Brown here.

Swedish/First Hill Receives Fifth Consecutive ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

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Four Swedish hospitals achieve top safety ranking awarded by the Leapfrog Group


SEATTLE — May 7, 2014 — Swedish Health Services’ Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill and Issaquah hospitals have received ‘A’ grades for patient safety in the Spring 2014 update to the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score. Swedish/First Hill has now received a top patient safety rating from Leapfrog for five straight score releases, making it one of only 251 hospitals in the nation to do so.
 
Swedish/Issaquah earned a top grade for the first time it was eligible.
 
“At Swedish, safety is our greatest commitment to patients, and that is why we constantly refer to our Culture of Safety,” said Swedish Chief Executive Anthony Armada. “This recognition by Leapfrog is greatly appreciated and humbling, but safety is more than just a goal, it is a never-ending process that is at the heart of the care we provide.”

Dr. Elizabeth Meade discusses marijuana use and kids on New Day Northwest

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Assistant Chief of Pediatrics at Swedish Medical Center, Elizabeth Meade, M.D., joined New Day Northwest host Margaret Larson on a special episode dedicated to marijuana in Washington State.

Dr. Meade discussed the impacts marijuana use can have on children and adolescents, as well as things parents should be aware of thinking about marijuana use and their children.

Watch the segment featuring Dr. Meade here: http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Marijuana--kids-258133961.html.


Stay connected with the latest information on improving your child's health at www.swedish.org/parentelligence.

Richard Sherman’s cancer ‘rant’ goes viral, tops 100,000 views

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One week ago today, we posted a YouTube video of Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman sounding off on cancer as part of the Swedish Cancer institute’s campaign o spread the word about the launch of its new Personalized Medicine Program.


We had no idea the video would quickly go viral. This morning, the video topped 100,000 views on YouTube.
Not only has the video struck a chord with so many viewers who can relate to the need for a better approach to fighting cancer, it has also grabbed the attention of the media. Here is just a sampling of all the news outlets that have posted, covered or shared it on social media:
 
Thanks to Richard Sherman and everyone for helping to spread the word about extraordinary care and extraordinary caring at Swedish Cancer Institute.

The Swedish Cancer Institute Launches Personalized Medicine Program

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Richard Sherman, Swedish donors support new program that combines genomic medicine, supportive care


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Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org


SEATTLE — April 28, 2014 — The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) today announced its new Personalized Medicine Program that combines advanced medical treatments based on the unique, molecular signature of a patient’s cancer with supportive care that is designed to serve each individual’s physical and emotional health.
 
“Patients diagnosed with cancer often find themselves having to choose between advanced treatment programs typically associated with academic or research centers, and the patient-centered care they expect from their community hospital,” said SCI Executive Director Thomas Brown, M.D. “The Swedish Cancer Institute has a long history of extraordinary care, and with the addition of genomic medicine, we are continuing our legacy of giving patients the best of both worlds, now through our Personalized Medicine Program.”
 
Each patient is unique at the cellular level, so understanding the molecular fingerprint of an individual’s cancer helps guide treatment decisions. Combined with the comprehensive social services available to address the complex needs of patients and their families, SCI is striving to provide the most comprehensive, best-practice approach to treating cancer.
 

To kick-off the Personalized Medicine Program, SCI is launching a public awareness campaign that includes informative content on SwedishCancerInstitute.org as well as television spots, the first of which features Seattle Seahawks All-Pro Cornerback Richard Sherman. The video is available for viewing here.

 
“When I was asked to support the Swedish Cancer Institute’s Personalized Medicine Program, I realized I had a new opportunity to continue my passion for supporting the Seattle community,” said Sherman, who was recently named one of the 2014’s 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME. “I’m honored to be a part of the innovative work the Swedish Cancer Institute is doing on behalf of patients and families across our region.”
 
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