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Swedish Celebrates Twenty-Two Recipients of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing

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On Monday, Feb. 9, Swedish Medical Center honored twenty-two nurses who received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, presented by The DAISY Foundation and UnitedHealthcare.

Swedish is one of more than 100 hospitals nationwide that participates in this annual award program. Each month, nurses are selected by their colleagues and peers to receive the DAISY Award. Congratulations to the following nurses at Swedish recognized this year!

Swedish Welcomes Group Health Maternity Patients Starting February 2015

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Swedish is excited to welcome Group Health maternity patients starting Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 for one of the most monumental moments of their lives – the birth of their child.

Group Health will close its Family Beginnings Unit located at the Capitol Hill campus at midnight on Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. Group Health’s family practice physicians, obstetricians, and midwives will begin providing care at Swedish First Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Home-bound Seniors Receive Free Emergency-Preparedness Kits

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American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish partner to provide supplies to some of King County’s most vulnerable residents 

SEATTLE – Jan. 27, 2015 – American Preparedness, Senior Services and Swedish Health Services today launched delivery of free emergency preparedness kits to 1,000 vulnerable, home-bound King County seniors who receive Meals on Wheels. The kits provide emergency food and water, first-aid supplies, a flashlight, thermal blanket, hand warmers and other items to help individuals during the critical first 72 hours of an emergency.

“This is an opportunity to provide additional support to these older adults who may find it more difficult to obtain emergency supplies,” said Paula Houston, CEO of Senior Services. “It also allows us to address the larger issue of emergency preparedness with these clients and help them think about how to plan to connect with their caregivers or other means of support during an emergency.”

A recent University of Iowa study found that the majority of adults age 50 and older in the U.S. may not be prepared for a serious flood, earthquake, tornado or other natural disaster. In the Puget Sound region, such disasters as earthquake and inclement weather are most likely to impact these vulnerable populations.

Genetic Counseling and Testing for Hereditary Cancer Now Available at Swedish Edmonds

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Other New Services Offered at the Swedish Cancer Institute in Edmonds


EDMONDS, Wash — Jan., 26, 2014 — Swedish Edmonds announced today that it now offers genetic counseling and testing for Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) patients. Genetic counseling can help determine which genetic tests are appropriate for patients and families with inherited cancers including breast, ovarian and colon cancers.

Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized training in genetics, medicine, risk assessment and counseling who work closely with oncologists, surgeons and other cancer specialists to help integrate genetic-test results into patient care and close observation for cancer. Patients can meet with a genetic counselor and sessions typically last between 30-90 minutes. Genetic counseling can not only help clarify cancer risks, but also identify appropriate screening and risk-reducing strategies to help lower the chance of developing cancer.

Swedish Edmonds Names Interim Chief Executive Officer

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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.

Community Partnership Provides Life-Changing Orthopedic Care to Uninsured Local Patients

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Operation Walk brought to Seattle for second year by Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest, Orthopedic Physician Associates, Physicians Anesthesia Service

SEATTLE – Dec. 2, 2014 – For the second straight year, local patients in need of orthopedic surgical care will receive donated medical services through a partnership between Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest, Orthopedic Physician Associates and Physicians Anesthesia Service. The partnership is part of the national Operation Walk USA program and will provide local, uninsured patients with donated medical, surgical and rehabilitation care during the week of Dec. 1-5.

Painful joints, whether caused by chronic conditions such as arthritis, an injury, or a lifetime of wear and tear, can be a significant barrier to living a healthy and productive life. For many uninsured or underinsured patients, these conditions mean a lifetime of pain, frustration and dependency.


June Altaras Named Chief Executive of Swedish Seattle

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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”

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