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Swedish Notifies Patients of Omitted Step in Infection Control Process

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On Dec. 20, Swedish notified 27 patients treated in the same day surgery unit of its First Hill hospital that one of the four steps in an infection prevention protocol for a piece of equipment used in a prostate-related procedure was omitted. Infection control has determined the omission occurred over a three-month period. Because the other steps in the protocol were properly followed, Swedish believes the risk of infection is extremely low. Out of an abundance of caution for our patients, we have directly notified each of them and recommended they receive appropriate testing and evaluation services.

View the KING 5 news story, including an interview with Swedish Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Vassall, here.

Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute Earns Highest National Ranking

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Three-star rating awarded for exceptional cardiac surgery by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            

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Clay Holtzman, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org

SEATTLE — Dec. 17, 2013 — Swedish announced today that its Cardiac Surgery Program has been awarded a “three-star” rating from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). A longstanding surgical leader in the Pacific Northwest, Swedish earned the top honor in coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), aortic valve replacement surgery (AVR), as well as simultaneous surgery involving both procedures (AVR/CABG). 

Swedish is among only 23 hospitals (or the top 2 percent of hospitals) across the country to achieve these quality metrics. Results are based on clinical outcomes of nearly 1,000 cardiac surgery programs, representing approximately 90 percent of all cardiac surgery centers in the United States.

“We are pleased to receive the STS three-star ratings for our CABG, AVR and AVR/CABG programs. This places Swedish in the top two percent of cardiac surgery programs in the U.S.,” says Glenn R. Barnhart, M.D., chief and executive director for Cardiac Surgical Services at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute. “The STS’s comprehensive rating system allows individuals and medical practices to compare the quality of cardiac surgery at hospitals across the country. Most importantly, it allows centers to objectively evaluate how they can improve patient care in the future. Our entire team of cardiologists, cardiac anesthesiologists, physician assistants, intensive care nurses and physician specialists, and operating room staff has earned this achievement.”

Swedish, Project Access Northwest collaboration featured on New Day Northwest

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King 5’s New Day Northwest program yesterday profiled the collaboration between the Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Project Access Northwest and others to support the nationwide campaign Operation Walk.

Operation Walk provides uninsured or underinsured patients with access to free, life-changing orthopedic surgeries such as hip and knee replacements. The Operation Walk collaboration was the first of its kind in Seattle and provided services for 11 patients last week.

In the program, Swedish Orthopedic Institute Medical Director Dr. James Crutcher, and Project Access Northwest Executive Director Sallie Neillie, discuss the collaboration, surgical details and how much patients have benefited from their surgeries.

The segment also featured a health panel featuring Dr. Crutcher that took audience questions. You can view the panel video here.

Swedish and Project Access Northwest would like to thank Orthopedic Physician Associates, Physicians Anesthesia Services, Proliance Surgeons and everyone else who played a critical role in helping make this collaboration possible.

Swedish Medical Center Foundation Receives $10.1 Million Gift from The Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation

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With its largest gift, the Campaign for Swedish surpasses $128 million

 

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Contact: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org

SEATTLE – Dec. 11, 2013 – The Swedish Medical Center Foundation announced today that it is receiving a gift of $10.1 million from the estate of Robert and Jean Reid that will support advanced cancer and cardiac care at Swedish. Funds from the gift will be distributed to the Swedish Foundation over many years through The Robert and Jean Reid Family Foundation.

The gift — the largest made during the $100 million Campaign for Swedish — will help to establish a core component of the Swedish Cancer Institute’s (SCI) Personalized Medicine Program: The Robert and Jean Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit. The Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit will aim to evolve cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment through advanced clinical research. For example, Swedish will test patient genes to better understand how a cancerous tumor might respond to a specific treatment. This is one step toward personalizing treatments and improving patients’ lives and outcomes.

“The new Reid Family Innovative Therapeutics & Research Unit will help position SCI as a national and international thought leader in personalized, molecular-based cancer prevention and therapy,” said Dr. Thomas Brown, executive director of the Swedish Cancer Institute.

PSBJ covers physician compensation shift

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A recent article in the Puget Sound Business Journal covers shifts in Swedish's physician compensation model. Click here to read the story. 

Swedish Nurses Honored by March of Dimes

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The Washington Chapter of the March of Dimes honored local nurses at the 11th Annual 2013 Nurse of the Year Awards on Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Meydenbauer Conference Center.

The Nurse of the Year Awards program recognizes exceptional nurses, creates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession, while helping advance the mission of the March of Dimes. Whether serving as a health care provider, educator, researcher, or chapter volunteer/advisor, these nurses have played a critical role in improving the health of Washington’s community.

One hundred and fifty nominations were submitted in Washington State. Twelve nurses received top honors with five award winners from Swedish Medical Center (SMC).

Swedish Brings the Holidays to the Hospital

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The community is invited to enjoy holiday festivities with pediatric patients – a teddy bear clinic, caroling, holiday games and crafts – on Sunday, Dec. 8

 

SEATTLE — December 4, 2013 — Swedish and F5 Networks team up for the fourth year in a row to spread holiday cheer at this year’s Holidays at the Hospital. Swedish expects more than 400 guests, including pediatric patients, Swedish and F5 Networks staff, along with the broader community at Swedish/First Hill.

Taking place on Dec. 8, 2013, the event will include caroling, face painting, a teddy-bear clinic, holiday games, crafts and cookie decorating throughout the afternoon. Roger Levesque of the Seattle Sounders and Santa Claus will make a celebrity appearance.

“Every year we look forward to hosting Holidays at the Hospital,” said Dr. Guy Hudson, Swedish pediatric surgeon. “The hospital isn’t exactly the first place kids want to be during the holidays. This event helps to bring holiday cheer and some comforts of home to them.”

The event is open to the public. Those who wish to contribute but cannot attend can support the Holidays at the Hospital toy drive by donating toys, games and art supplies. Donated items will be given to Swedish patients, up to age 18, who are spending the holidays at the hospital.

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