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How you can get the most out of your office visit

October 28, 2013

To some, when a possible problem gets to the point where we decide to “have it looked at,” there are many questions that come up. If you are like me, I have several questions to ask. However, by the time the check in happens and all the tests are performed, I forget most of my questions. Or, sometimes, I feel like there is no more time to have them answered. Often times I make up excuses for why I didn’t ask. My frequent one is that they, or I, didn’t have the time.

Time may be limited sometimes, but asking the right questions really helps. Some of the best answers you get about your hearing come from very simple questions that you wrote down ahead of time (so nobody forgets). I have listed a few below to help us all make sure you get the answers you want, at the time you want them.

Drs. Fouke, Srinivasan named among '30 Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know'

October 25, 2013

Sarah Jost Fouke, M.D., a Swedish neurosurgeon practicing out of the Swedish Cherry Hill, Issaquah and Redmond campuses, and Swedish-affiliated physician Jayashree Srinivasan, M.D., of  Neurosurgical Consultants in Seattle, have been named among the nation’s “30 Women in Spine and Neurosurgery to Know” by Becker’s Spine Review.

The list comprises women who are currently practicing orthopedic spine and neurospine surgery, many of whom have leadership roles within their organizations, participate in research and earned high recognition among their colleagues for their contributions to the field.

Read about Drs. Fouke and Srinivasan’s recognition on the Becker’s Spine website.

Swedish Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill Campuses Recognized with 'A' Grade for Patient Safety

October 23, 2013

SEATTLE — October, 23, 2013 — Swedish Health and Services’ Ballard, Edmonds and First Hill campuses were honored today with an ‘A’ grade in the Fall 2013 update to the national Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr. Johnny Delashaw Joins Swedish Neuroscience Institute

October 18, 2013

SEATTLE — October, 16 2013 — Swedish Medical Center, Seattle’s leading nonprofit health care provider, announced today that Johnny Delashaw, M.D. will join Swedish Neuroscience Institute as a staff neurosurgeon. The Swedish Neuroscience Institute includes a team of world-renowned neurosurgeons and neurologists dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and research of brain, spine and central nervous system ailments.

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk Raises $485,000 for Cancer Research and New Treatment Options

October 18, 2013

SEATTLE – Oct. 18, 2013 – More than 2,800 patients, survivors, family members and supporters participated in the 6th annual Seattle Brain Cancer Walk on Sept. 21, which raised more than $485,000 for medical research, clinical trials, advocacy and comprehensive care for brain cancer patients in the Pacific Northwest.

The Walk is one of the largest fundraisers of its kind, bringing the community together to celebrate and support those who have been impacted by brain cancer. Founded in 2008 by Greg Foltz, M.D., and a group of committed volunteers and families, the Walk has raised $2.9 million to fund critical research projects and to keep hope alive for the brain cancer community.

The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (Ivy Center) at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute is committed to translating the results of its research into effective treatment options for patients. Much of the work conducted at the Ivy Center is funded through the Walk. When combined with research support from The Ben & Catherine Ivy Foundation and other gifts from the community, the Ivy Center has become one of the leading clinical and translational research centers in the country focusing on finding better treatments for brain cancer.

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

October 14, 2013

Some may be reluctant to pursue amplification based on comments from friends and relatives reporting that hearing aids are “expensive”. These statements can be misleading. The costs associated with amplification upon the initial fitting can sound intimidating, but it is important to consider that the average life expectancy of a pair of hearing aids is 5 to 7 years. Breaking down the cost of amplification over this period is often comparable to a monthly cell phone or cable television bill.

The costs associated with a hearing aid fitting include not only the device itself but also the professional skills and time associated with appropriately fitting the device through verification and follow-up. Verification refers to measurements made to determine that the hearing aids meet a set of standards which includes volume, output, cosmetic appeal, and physical comfort. Using evidence-based practices, real-ear measurements are obtained using a small microphone placed in the ear with the hearing aid to ensure that appropriate volume is provided for different signals (such as speech). If earmolds or custom hearing aids are ordered, it is necessary to ensure that their characteristics (type of tubing, venting, style and material) are appropriate for the degree of hearing loss and physical characteristics of the ear.

Quality of Life Following CyberKnife Treatment for Prostate Cancer

October 09, 2013

The Swedish Radiosurgery Center is the lead site in a national multi-institutional study evaluating CyberKnife for treating men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer (clinical stage 2). As the principal investigator of this study, I reported on the quality of life outcomes at the annual meeting of American Society of Radiation Oncology.

We now know that in low-risk prostate cancer patients (stage 1), active surveillance is a safe option. But men with intermediate-risk cancer have a significant risk of dying of their disease, so intervention is necessary. Conventional treatments (surgery, radioactive seed implants and external beam radiotherapy) can adversely affect patients’ quality of life. We sought to determine if the unprecedented accuracy of CyberKnife treatment would translate into improvement in these patients’ quality of life.

Q13 Interview with Dr. Jennifer Jaucian, Issaquah OBGYN

October 07, 2013

Swedish’s Dr. Jennifer Jaucian, an OBGYN physician serving patients at the Issaquah hospital campus, spoke with Q13’s Tina Patel on Friday, Oct. 4 to talk about how much weight expecting mothers should gain during pregnancy.

The interview came after a new study shows that expecting mothers who gain more weight than is recommended have an increased risk of having overweight children.

Dr. Jaucian advised women to understand how much weight they should gain during pregnancy based on their body mass index, to work with their doctors to track their weight through each trimester and ideally to reach an ideal weight before becoming pregnant.

Watch Dr. Jaucian’s Q13 interview here.

Swedish's Dr. Reisner Elected President of State Medical Association

October 03, 2013

Swedish Medical Center’s Dr. Dale Reisner, MD, has been elected the new president of the Washington State Medical Association. The WSMA represents physicians, residents, medical students, and physician-assistants throughout the state.

Dr. Reisner is medical director of Obstetrical Quality and Patient Safety at Swedish in Seattle and is a maternal fetal medicine specialist. She is one of the regional experts in the management of neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia, and also has extensive experience in the management of connective tissue disease and autoimmune disorders in pregnancy.

Swedish Health Services Names Anthony A. Armada Chief Executive Officer

October 02, 2013

SEATTLE, Oct. 2, 2013 – Swedish Health Services announced today that, after a national search, it has named Anthony (Tony) A. Armada as its new Chief Executive Officer, beginning Nov. 1, 2013.

Armada currently serves as President of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, an academic and research hospital that operates the only Level I trauma center in the northwest Chicago region. The hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, the largest health provider in Illinois and one of the nation’s top health systems.

Prior to joining Advocate, Armada served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health Network in Detroit, Mich. from 2004-2009. Armada also served as senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente’s Metropolitan Los Angeles Service Area in California from 2000-2004.

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