2014

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Swedish Edmonds Names Interim Chief Executive Officer

December 15, 2014

Swedish Ballard chief executive officer Jennifer Graves to join Swedish Edmonds on Jan. 1, 2015, with the retirement of David Jaffe

SEATTLE – Dec. 15, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Jennifer Graves, chief executive officer (CEO) of Swedish Ballard, as the interim CEO of Swedish Edmonds. Graves will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, 2015, with the retirement of current CEO David Jaffe.

Medical Mission in Ethiopia - Week 9

December 07, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The birds are beautiful here. Sitting outside our apartment, looking into our courtyard I can watch and listen to a multitude of birds. The small ones seem to come out earliest, singing in their soprano voices. As the sun rises, more birds join, adding their alto and tenor voices. There is even the occasional baritone who sounds as if he is singing from an enlarged globe deep in his throat. The colors of their voices match the vibrant colors of their feathers. It seems that the more vibrantly colored birds appear earliest in the morning, and then they disappear as if to shield their beautiful attires from the glaring sun. I wish to capture some of these birds on my digital camera, but alas, they are difficult to capture. Maybe this is part of their allure. Maybe this is why bird aficionados are “bird watchers.”

New healthy weight class series in January

December 02, 2014

In this 3 series class you will learn the tools to eat well and maintain a healthy weight.  Whether you want to lose weight or learn how to maintain your weight, or your family’s weight, this series is for you!

In this class, you will gain:

  • Tools for everyday life including: Shopping lists and recipes, how to read a food label, proper portion control, and mindful eating techniques
  • An understanding of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals
  • An understanding of your own relationship with food

Fee: $68 for the 3 class series (includes you and one guest)

Medical Mission in Ethiopia - Week 8

November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014

What a week. I wish I had been writing as the week progressed, but here we are, it is Sunday night, and I will try to capture the events and emotions.

This week the French were here. Three urogynecologists from Paris and Lyon came to the University of Gondar to help teach the faculty some advanced urogynecology techniques for patients with extreme pelvic organ prolapse. Dr Bertrand (“Bertie&rrdquo;), Dr Georges, and Dr Stephan are as French as French can be. I was delighted to try my French language skills and they were gracious enough to let me try. Their English was very good, but in true French form they would prefer to avoid using that language. The French and English have a long history of granting each other plenty of autonomy. These three were no exception. They are also fabulous surgeons. My interest was piqued, and I decided to Google one of their names. Dr Georges’ name surfaced to the top of a dozen prominent gynecology studies, and a few patents involving one of the most successful urinary incontinence procedures available today – worldwide. And here he was in Gondar, Ethiopia!

June Altaras Named Chief Executive of Swedish Seattle

November 19, 2014

Long-time Swedish leader also recognized as Puget Sound Business Journal ‘Woman of Influence’

SEATTLE – Nov. 19, 2014 – Swedish Health Services announced today it has appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer and Swedish Seattle Chief Operating Officer June Altaras, R.N., M.N., as the new chief executive of Swedish Seattle, which includes the First Hill and Cherry Hill hospital campuses. Altaras will begin work in her new role on Jan. 1, 2015.

Swedish Chief Executive Officer Anthony Armada, FACHE, announced the promotion to Swedish caregivers on Nov. 18, the same day Altaras was recognized at an event by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the community’s ‘Women of Influence.’

“June embodies the very spirit of Swedish’s promise to provide every patient with extraordinary care and extraordinary caring,” Armada said. “June is well known and greatly respected throughout our system for her commitment to patient safety and quality, her relationship and dedication to our caregivers and for her vision as a transformative health care leader. Swedish, and our community, are very fortunate to have her and I am very pleased she will continue to support a legacy we enjoy of strong senior leadership and excellent caregivers at Swedish Seattle”

Swedish partners with DOH to support regional Ebola preparedness

November 17, 2014

Today, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that eight Washington hospitals have agreed to receive and provide ongoing care for Ebola patients. Swedish Issaquah is one of the eight hospitals.

Although all Swedish hospitals and clinics are preparing to identify and triage a patient presenting with symptoms of Ebola, Swedish Issaquah was selected for the dedicated inpatient unit because the hospital has the best combination of needed isolation space and technology, and because it serves a geographic population the DOH needed to have served.

It is important to remember that there are no confirmed cases of Ebola in Washington state, and that an outbreak is very unlikely to occur here.

At Swedish Issaquah ....

Ebola Preparedness Continues in Washington Hospitals

November 17, 2014
Contacts: Joby Winans, DOH Communications Office (360) 236-4077
Clay Holtzman, Swedish Media Relations (206) 386-2748

OLYMPIA – Preparations for identifying, isolating, evaluating and treating patients with suspected or confirmed Ebola virus disease in Washington continues, even though the likelihood of the virus appearing in the state is still considered low.

Using guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals throughout the state are making plans to rapidly identify, isolate and safely evaluate people with suspected Ebola.

In addition to standard preparation for screening and identification, eight hospitals have committed to working towards the level of preparation that is required for the ongoing care and treatment of a patient with Ebola, as needed. CHI Franciscan Health (Harrison Medical Center – Bremerton campus), MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital, Providence Regional Medical Center Everett, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Spokane, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Swedish Medical Center (Issaquah), Virginia Mason Hospital, and UW Medicine (Harborview Medical Center, UW Medical Center, Valley Medical Center) are taking additional steps in their preparedness activities to provide that care.

On breastfeeding & breast cancer survivors

November 12, 2014

When I was a surgical resident, I donated 150 ounces of breastmilk to a woman I’d never met, a woman who had undergone a bilateral mastectomy for cancer. It was an easy decision – I had more than I could use, she had none that she could provide. This experience became a major one in my decision to specialize in breast surgery. The dichotomy of breasts fascinated me. Breasts are highly sexualized, yet the source of comfort and food to babies. Breasts can make life-sustaining milk, and they can develop a cancer in up to 1 in 8 women that can be life-threatening. It is no wonder that society’s relationship with breasts and breastfeeding is complicated.

I have had many patients (too many) in my practice who were young and pre-childbearing, or even pregnant or breastfeeding at the time of diagnosis. Most experience ...

Swedish Edmonds Recognized With 3rd Consecutive 'A' Grade for Patient Safety

November 10, 2014

Edmonds, Wash. — November 7, 2014 — Swedish Edmonds was honored for the third consecutive time with an ‘A’ grade in the Fall 2014 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.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition on behalf of all our caregivers at Swedish Edmonds and the community we serve,” said David Jaffe, chief executive at Swedish Edmonds. “Patient safety and quality of care are top priorities at the hospital, and we are very gratified to see that our hard work is making a measurable difference.”

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