2013

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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:

Swedish Disseminates Information Intended to Educate, Clarify Medicare Charge Data, Related Questions

June 24, 2013

SEATTLE, June 24, 2013 - As part of the Obama administration’s work to make the United States health-care system more affordable and accountable, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released 2011 data in early May that shows significant variation across the country and within communities in what providers charge for common services. These data include information comparing the charges for the 100 most common inpatient services and 30 common outpatient services. Providers determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the average amount the providers bill for an item or service. The following information is intended to help patients and family members better understand this complicated topic.

Noninvasive Prostate Cancer Treatment Data is Maturing & Promising

June 21, 2013

Many of my patients are men seeking prostate cancer treatment they can undergo while continuing work and maintaining active lifestyles. Equally important is the cancer-free survival rate and long-term side effect profile. For over seven years we have been treating men with organ-confined prostate cancer using the CyberKnife® stereotactic radiosurgery system. This sophisticated radiation delivery system uses a robotic arm to deliver precise treatment doses to the prostate in only 5 sessions so the men can keep up their normal routine while combating their disease.

The data supporting this treatment option continues to grow and a recent study following men for 6 years reports patients had excellent biochemical control rates (based on...

New Level II Nursery Opens at Swedish/Issaquah July 8; Service Provides Premature, Sick Infants with Special Care, Support

June 20, 2013

IssaquahLevel2NurseryISSAQUAH, Wash., June 20, 2013 — Swedish/Issaquah will open its new Level II Nursery on Monday, July 8, having recently received state approval to provide this vital service to the community. The Level II Nursery allows for premature and ill babies — born as early as 34 weeks gestational age — to stay at Swedish/Issaquah to receive the specialized, around-the-clock care they need from a specially trained team of experts.

What is celiac sprue or celiac disease?

June 17, 2013

An estimated 1.6 million Americans are currently following a gluten free diet, though many have never been diagnosed with celiac sprue (also known as celiac disease).  Patients commonly ask me about celiac sprue and gluten free diets, so I will try to answer some of these questions. The first question I get is what is celiac sprue or celiac disease.

What is celiac sprue?

In celiac sprue, the ingestion of gluten causes inflammatory damage to the lining of the small intestine.   Gluten is a protein, very common in our diet, found in wheat, rye, barley, and oats. (Ed. note - see this chart from the NIDDK that shows other ingredients and items that may contain gluten.) In people with celiac sprue, the usually large absorptive surface of the small intestine is flattened from damage, significantly limiting its ability to absorb nutrients.

Treatment for spider and varicose veins for summer

June 15, 2013

As the summer months creep up on us, the weather is getting warmer and shorts and swimsuits are beckoning us from the closet. For many people, this brings excitement (vacations! outdoor activities!) but for others, the thought of showing off varicose and spider veins means avoiding those summer clothes.

Though they may be painful or embarrassing, varicose and spider veins are common and can be treated. Don’t let them get in the way of your summer plans and comfort!

Varicose veins are large, raised blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. They may look bumpy or twisted. Along with their “little brothers,” spider veins, varicose veins are most often found in the legs and are caused by weak or damaged vein valves.

Swedish/Edmonds Announces Plans for Hospital Expansion; Addition Includes New Emergency Department, Urgent Care and Outpatient Imaging

June 14, 2013

EDMONDS, WASH., June 14, 2013 — Fulfilling a promise to the community to make significant investments in advanced medical services and technology, today Swedish/Edmonds announced plans for a $63.5 million expansion at the existing hospital campus. Construction of a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility will feature a new emergency department (ED) with a dedicated behavioral health unit and urgent care center. It will also include a new outpatient diagnostic imaging center, observation unit, front entry, and parking garage. The building’s second floor will be reserved for future expansion of hospital services. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014, with completion of the ED and urgent care center in the fall of 2015.

Thrive Through Cancer Presents Chemo-Con at Swedish Cancer Institute

June 13, 2013

Thrive Through Cancer is a non-profit organization that helps young adults with cancer and their caregivers find hope and thrive. Through support groups, social events and community forums, Thrive Through Cancer aims to engage young adult community members by providing support and resources during their fight against cancer.

On June 20, 2013 Thrive Through Cancer will host a social event for young adults, their families, friends and caregivers at the Swedish Cancer Institute:

Suspect in Recent Drug Diversion Investigation Arrested

June 11, 2013

SEATTLE, June 10, 2013 - Swedish learned today that Seattle Police have arrested the woman suspected of entering patient rooms at Swedish/First Hill on April 13 and attempting to steal narcotics. Swedish Nursing, Security and Administration leaders worked closely with law enforcement and state regulatory officials in helping to identify this suspect and safeguard patients across Western Washington.

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