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Two Swedish Emergency Departments Recognized with National Nursing Award

June 17, 2014

Emergency departments at Swedish Ballard and Swedish Edmonds hospitals are among only 17 hospitals nationwide to be honored with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 2014 Lantern Award. Swedish was the only hospital system in Washington State recognized with a 2014 Lantern Awards.

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

May 30, 2014

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

Media Alert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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.

Swedish Policy Protects LGBT Employees Against Discrimination

May 28, 2014

Recently, incorrect and misleading information on social media has called into question Swedish’s commitment to ensuring a safe and respectful work environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff.

Included here is accurate information and copies of current Swedish policies. We encourage you to share this information with your friends, family and coworkers.

Swedish is a proud Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of discrimination. This protection and expectation extends to our patients, physicians, contractors, vendors, visitors and others who access any Swedish services and facilities.

Below is an excerpt from our policies (links to full copies of the policies are below). We encourage you to share this information.

Swedish Non-Discrimination and Non-Harassment Policy:

What is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

May 21, 2014

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic (i.e. long-lasting) inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal system. IBD is often confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) because of their similar acronyms, but the two conditions are not related. IBD affects approximately 1.4 million Americans and is most commonly diagnosed between 15-40 years of age.

IBD can be categorized into ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Though there are clear differences between the two, they are closely related and sometimes difficult to distinguish.

Ulcerative colitis is a condition where inflammation affects the most superficial layer of the large intestine (colon). It typically starts at the rectum and can involve a varying amount of the colon. In contrast, the inflammation of Crohn’s disease can affect all layers of the intestine and can involve any area of the gastrointestinal tract – from the mouth to the anus. The type of inflammation seen in Crohn’s disease may lead to long-term complications such as strictures or fistulas (abnormal connections to other organs) that are typically not seen in ulcerative colitis.

Summer 2014 Cancer Community Walks & Runs

May 19, 2014

Each year, the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) partners with local and national organizations in an effort to help spread awareness of cancer, associated treatments, and resources available in our communities.

Summer 2014 is no different. We’ve signed on to take part in more events than ever before—and we want you to join us! As an active patient, survivor, family member, friend or advocate, your voice and participation matter.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

These overnight community fundraising walks help raise money to fund cancer research, education, and support services like Hope Lodge®, Road to Recovery®, Look Good, Feel Better®, and Reach to Recovery®, all American Cancer Society-run programs. The Swedish Cancer Institute patients gain access to these programs throughout the Swedish network. There are several Relay for Life events going on in the Puget Sound. The Swedish Cancer Institute is taking part in:

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

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.

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

May 14, 2014

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.

New products available for allergy treatment

May 14, 2014

For those with seasonal allergies, treatment can be as simple as an over-the-counter medication, but often requires more. The good news is that there are a lot of options now. Some new products have been recently approved by the FDA to help individuals who are dealing with grass and ragweed allergies.

The treatment of nasal and eye symptoms from allergies includes antihistamines, nasal sprays and allergy shots. Over the counter antihistamines include diphenhydramine (ex. Benadryl), loratadine (ex. Claritin), cetirizine (ex. Zyrtec), or fexofenadine (ex. Allegra). Over the counter allergy eye drops are also available, such as ketotifen (ex.Zaditor). Together, these help with itchy, sneezy, watery nose and eyes. Nasal antihistamines are prescription and also help with these symptoms. Nasal steroids help decrease congestion and postnasal drip.

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

May 07, 2014

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

May 06, 2014

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.

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