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King County Public Health's, 'Health Care Reform 101' at Swedish Cancer Institute

August 17, 2013

Swedish Cancer Institute is proud to partner with King County Public Health to offer the class, “Health Care Reform 101.” This class is specifically designed for cancer patients, their caregivers and family members. It will cover health care reform and help participants determine if they are eligible for the new Medicaid Expansion program or private insurance through www.WAhealthplanfinder.org.

Health Care Reform 101 will be offered on three different dates:

  • Tuesday, September 24 from 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, October 18 from 3-5 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8 from noon-2 p.m.

All classes will be...

Swedish Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Charles Cobbs

August 15, 2013

SEATTLE — Aug. 15, 2013 — Swedish, the largest nonprofit healthcare provider in the greater Seattle area, announced today that Dr. Charles S. Cobbs will lead The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment (Ivy Center) at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute as its new director. The Ivy Center was founded on a mission to combine research science with medical treatments to advance the field of brain cancer and to give new hope to each person diagnosed with the disease.

Dr. Cobbs is a neurosurgeon and internationally recognized expert in brain cancer treatment and research. He was personally selected for this role by Dr. Greg Foltz, the inaugural director and founder of the Ivy Center, who passed away on June 27, 2013 from pancreatic cancer.

Swedish Chief Medical Officer Named to American Hospital Association Board of Trustees

August 14, 2013

SEATTLE, Wash., August 8, 2013 — The American Hospital Association (AHA) today named John Vassall, M.D., to its Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees makes policy for the AHA and has authority over its governance and management. Dr. Vassall, chief medical officer at Swedish Medical Center, joins seven other new board members who will begin their three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2014.

The AHA is a national organization representing nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care networks, and other care providers. Through its advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debates, and judicial matters.

The Race Continues... 19th Annual SummeRun & Walk Raises $558,000 for Ovarian Cancer Research

August 12, 2013

SEATTLE — August 12, 2013 — More than 3,500 enthusiastic patients, survivors and supporters gathered in Seattle last month to participate in the 19th annual Swedish presents SummeRun & Walk for ovarian cancer. Thanks to energized and proactive participants, this year’s event raised more than $558,000 in support of ovarian cancer research.

The SummeRun & Walk celebrates and remembers the lives of those who have been impacted by ovarian cancer. It is the Northwest’s largest community event to raise awareness and vital funds for ovarian cancer. Since its inception, the SummeRun has raised more than $6 million for medical research into the treatment, early detection, and prevention of this disease.

Ted Ormbrek - An Extraordinary Volunteer and Gentleman

August 07, 2013

Mr. Ted Ormbrek doesn’t require much to be happy. “All I need is my church and my work,” he claims, smiling. Spend any time with him, and you’ll have no doubt that it’s true.

Mr. Ormbrek is the rare kind of gentleman whose work and life achievements immediately humble you.

Born in 1925 in Woodinville, WA, Mr. Ormbrek and his siblings were raised by their widowed Norwegian grandmother in Ballard. He attended Ballard High School, fought in WWII from ’43-’46 and, under the GI Bill, received a free education at University of WA School of Engineering. He married his sweetheart in 1951, raised three children, retired at the age of 60 as a senior engineer for the city, and all the while shared his passion and talent with the community by singing in the choir of his Presbyterian Church.

But he nearly lost everything he’d worked for in life, due to one devastating secret.

A New Contribution to Cardiothoracic Surgical Education

August 01, 2013

There is nothing more satisfying for a clinician than when a patient understands their ailment, comprehends the nature of the surgical pathology involved, and is clear on the treatment/procedure they are about to undergo. This "satisfaction" is a joyous emotion reflecting successful communication -- it is what parents feel when their children first begin to read, and what educators aspire to when their students master the material at hand.

It is a privilege to share our most recent contribution to the cardiothoracic surgery community, the TSRA Primer of Cardiothoracic Surgery. This Primer is an integrated multimedia educational resource produced by residents, for residents, illustrating the fundamental concepts a new learner needs to become familiar with upon entering the arena of cardiothoracic surgery. It is a “primer,” and as such is tailored to the student in the neophyte stage of learning.

Much effort has gone not only into amassing the core bodies of knowledge a medical student or resident in training needs to know, but rewriting it in such a way that capitalizes on the needs of the learner in this new dimension of mulltimedia technology and education.

Swedish Opens First, All-Inclusive Childbirth Resource and Education Center

July 31, 2013

SEATTLE — July 31, 2013 — Swedish announced that the Lytle Center for Pregnancy & Newborns, a first-of-its-kind center equipped to accommodate mom, baby and a modern family’s every need, opened today. 

Shortened maternity stays, reduced family and community networks and the rising number of working moms have created a need for expanded access to comprehensive pregnancy as well as postpartum care and support services. 

For the first time, parents and their families can access these care and support needs, all in one convenient, well-thought-out location—the Lytle Center. The center includes:

Swedish System Recognized as 'Best Hospitals' by U.S. News & World Report

July 16, 2013

Swedish is again recognized as one of the leading hospital systems in Washington State as part of U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best Hospitals annual rankings, which were released Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

All eligible Swedish campuses were ranked in the top 10% statewide (a total of 107 hospitals are included in the Washington survey.) Swedish/Issaquah, just entering its third year serving Eastside communities, is not yet included/eligible for the Best Hospitals rankings.

Swedish is included in two categories of rankings:

Greg Foltz, M.D. - A legacy to remember

July 03, 2013

SEATTLE, July 3, 2013 – Greg Foltz, M.D., director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute (Ivy Center), passed away from Stage IV pancreatic cancer on Thursday, June 27. Dr. Foltz, who was 50 years old, spent the last 20 years as a pioneer and champion for advancing brain cancer research in the hope of one day finding a cure.

What is aphasia?

June 28, 2013

Stroke patients often suffer from communication challenges called aphasia. Aphasia is complex and there are many potential communication challenges including, but not limited to:

  • Trouble speaking – this may be displayed as hesitancy or stuttering, use of words that seem out of context, or the inability to speak at all (mute)
  • Trouble finding words – inability to put thoughts into words
  • Problems understanding what others say
  • Problems with reading, writing, or math
  • Inability to process long words and infrequently used words

This is often frustrating for the patient and their care partners. It is important to remember that aphasia is related to the ability to communicate and does not reflect a change in intelligence.

There are several great resources for patients living with aphasia and their care partners:

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