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Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Recognized with the 2015 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award

May 22, 2015
Swedish is committed to increasing the quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds were recognized by the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Swedish Cherry Hill received ‘Gold’ status with Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. Swedish Edmonds received ‘Gold Plus’ status with Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Recognized with the 2015 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award

May 22, 2015

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Swedish is committed to increasing the quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds were recognized by the AHA/ASA's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Swedish Cherry Hill received 'Gold' status with Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. Swedish Edmonds received 'Gold Plus' status with Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

Brian Livingston, M.D. Named Chief Executive and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish Ballard

May 21, 2015

Swedish announced today that Brian Livingston, M.D., MBA, FACEP, current Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish First Hill, has been appointed Chief Executive and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish Ballard. He will assume this new role on June 1, 2015.

Dr. Livingston has been an integral member of the Swedish physician leadership team since 2012, serving as Medical Director of Case Management and the Clinical Documentation Integrity Program, Interim Vice President of Operations for the Organ Transplant Program, Physician Advisor to Revenue Cycle, and Vice President of Medical Affairs. He joined Swedish in 2005, practicing in the First Hill Emergency Department.

New Release of Glioblastoma Atlas Sheds Light on Deadly Disease

May 14, 2015

Major updates to the Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project provide researchers with valuable tools to find cures for aggressive brain cancers

SEATTLE, WASH. — May 14, 2015 —Robust new data added to the Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project (Ivy GAP) changes the scope and impact of this publicly available resource for researchers and clinicians searching for treatments for this most deadly and aggressive of brain cancers, glioblastoma multiforme.

Led by researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Swedish Neuroscience Institute and funded with a grant from The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, Ivy GAP includes detailed information about genes expressed in the various anatomical regions of glioblastoma and important data about the presumed initial cancer stem cells that lead to tumor formation.

Swedish's Gossman Center Earns Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation

May 12, 2015

The Center is one of two accredited healthcare simulation programs in Washington state

Swedish announced today that the Gossman Center for Advanced Healthcare Simulation has been granted accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the area of Teaching/Education, making it one of two accredited programs in Washington state. SSH is a leading inter-professional society that seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Since accrediting its first healthcare simulation program in 2010, SSH has recognized more than 50 programs in six countries.

Jennifer Graves Named Chief Executive for Swedish Edmonds

May 06, 2015

Swedish is excited to announce that Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive and Nurse Executive at Swedish Ballard and Interim Chief Executive for Swedish Edmonds, has accepted the full-time position of Chief Executive for Swedish Edmonds, effective June 1, 2015. With this new role, she will step down as Chief Executive and Nurse Executive at Swedish Ballard.

Swedish Celebrates Nurses' Week (May 6-12)

May 01, 2015

In Recognition of Nurses' Week, Margo Bykonen, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Shares a Special Message to Nurses

It is with pride and heartfelt appreciation that I write this message to every nurse at Swedish during this year's Nurses' Week — to represent nursing at Swedish is truly an honor.

The theme for this year’s Nurses' Week is "Ethical Practice, Quality Care." As I reflect on the ANA Nursing Code of Ethics and consider the work of the nurses at Swedish, the connection is very apparent.

Swedish and Nativis Partner in First Human Clinical Trial to Disrupt Cancer Cell Division

April 29, 2015

Swedish’s Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment launches new clinical trial to treat brain cancer with the Nativis Voyager Radio Frequency Energy (RFE) Medical Device

SEATTLE, April 29, 2015 – The Swedish Neuroscience Institute’s Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment today announced a new clinical trial for treating brain cancer. The trial (ID no. NCT02296580 – “A Feasibility Study of the Nativis Voyager System in Patients with Recurrent Glioblastoma Multiforme”), sponsored by Nativis, Inc. in Seattle – will investigate the safety and efficacy of the Nativis Voyager RFE medical device in humans. The device has shown promise in preclinical studies.

"This technology has been in development for more than a decade," said John Butters, Chairman, President and CEO of Nativis." We are proud to be partnering in this clinical trial with Dr. Charles Cobbs, and the world-class teams of Neurosurgeons and Neuro-oncologists at Swedish."

Pacific Northwest Kidney 'Paired' Exchange Program Performs its First Three-Way Kidney Transplant

April 27, 2015

Swedish and Oregon Health & Science University celebrate historic milestone in honor of National Donate Life Month

SEATTLE, April 27, 2015 – Organ donor networks are turning to local communities to save lives through multiple organ exchanges. Swedish and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) today announced the Pacific Northwest Regional Kidney Paired Exchange Program’s first three-way kidney transplant, which saved the lives of three patients. Six surgical procedures, four at Swedish and two at OHSU, involving more than 30 medical professionals were performed in a single day.

The paired exchange is the result of a regional partnership between Swedish, Virginia Mason, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane and Oregon Health & Science University. The organizations are participating in a clinical trial, sponsored by BiologicTx, to examine how regional paired exchange may improve kidney transplant rates for patients in the Northwest.

Swedish Ballard Opens Level II Nursery

April 24, 2015

SEATTLE, April 24, 2015 — Swedish Ballard will open a new Level II Nursery on Monday, April 27. The Level II Nursery allows for premature babies— born as early as 34 weeks gestational age — to receive specialized, around-the-clock care from a trained team of experts.

Premature babies often face health challenges that require special interventions such as feeding support, intravenous therapy or supplemental oxygen. Previously, infants born at Swedish Ballard who needed specialized neonatal care were transferred to other area hospitals. With the new Level II Nursery, these infants can remain at Swedish Ballard with their families.

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