In the second of his three-part Seattle Times guest column series, Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Director for Naturopathic Services Dan Labriola, N. D., guides readers through their options when selecting a cancer treatment approach. In the column, Dr. Labriola examines how patients can weigh the benefits and risks of multiple treatment options, approved therapies vs. clinical trials, how to seek a second opinion and what to do if it is different from your initial evaluation. In his final installment set for next Sunday, Dr. Labriola will discuss survivorship, including complementary and alternative medicine strategies.
Today, this legacy lives on through our team of dedicated caregivers, our leadership and our community partners. We challenge ourselves to think beyond the status quo to find the best outcomes for our patients.
It is an incredibly exciting time here at Swedish. During a period of unprecedented changes in the health care industry, I am proud to tell you that Swedish is stronger now than ever. Just a few years ago, our institution was stabilizing following significant financial challenges. Today, we are strongly positioned to continue delivering high quality, accessible care to the communities of Western Washington.
One of our most effective strategies for improving the health and well-being of those we serve is our affiliation with Providence Health & Services. I continue to hear questions about how the affiliation benefits Swedish and I want to provide you with specific examples of how the affiliation has strengthened our ability to serve more people across our communities, regardless of their ability to pay.
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Swedish often receives questions about its policies related to reproductive health and end-of-life care. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions. If you are a member of the media working on a story with additional questions, please contact Swedish’s media relations team at (206) 998-5028.
Is Swedish a Catholic hospital?
No. Swedish is a secular (non-faith-based) organization. Swedish affiliated with Providence Health & Services in 2012 to improve the health and well-being of our communities and increase access to care.
Does Swedish follow the Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) for Catholic Health Care Services?
No. The affiliation agreement states that Swedish is a non-faith-based health care institution and is not required to follow the ERDs.
Does Swedish perform elective abortions?
No. Following clinical best practice, Swedish believes elective abortions are best performed in an outpatient setting. Swedish clinicians are able to refer to these providers/outpatient settings.
In a guest column featured in the Sunday edition of the Seattle Times, Swedish Cancer Institute Medical Director for Naturopathic Services Dan Labrolia, N.D., provides expert advice to patients newly diagnosed with cancer.
In the piece, Labriola, who is also director of the Northwest Natural Health Specialty Clinic, provides direction on how to select a doctor, how to evaluate a treatment center and more.
Check out the first of Labriola’s three-part series here.
The benefits of exercise and being physically fit is what many people strive for. However, a recent study added a new dimension to what exercise can do to enhance health. In other words, exercise did more than keep a body fit. It also made study participants think better. You may ask, why is this new information important?
Cognitive impairment is one of multiple scleroris (MS) ’s most disabling features and it can affect between 22% to 60% of people living with the disease. Cognitive deficits may include problems with: slower information processing speed; memory impairment; difficulty with new learning and executive functioning. Historically, medical and rehabilitation approaches to the problem have been inconsistent in improving cognition.
The new frontier of exercise for improved cognition provides hope. This study’s objective was to determine if there was an association between improvements in objective measures of physical fitness and performance on cognitive tests.
Participants were people with MS who participated in a telephone based health promotion intervention, chose to work on exercise, and who completed pre and post intervention assessments. Participants were then measured for strength, aerobic fitness, and cognition at baseline and 12 weeks later.
After controlling for variables such as age, gender, MS disease activity, MS type, etc. there was evidence suggesting that cognitive functioning changed over time based on level of fitness. Participants in the physically improved group showed improved performance on measures of executive functioning after 12 weeks of exercise. The results of this study add support to the hypothesis that change in fitness is associated with improved executive functioning in people with MS. The desired outcomes are that improved cognition correlates with better quality of life, activities of daily living, vocational endeavors, and rehabilitation measures.
Where do we go from here? Since less is known about exercise training and cognition in MS (compared to studies demonstrating aerobic and strength training significantly improving cognitive functioning in older adults and people with mild cognitive impairment), we need more studies to examine this relationship in the MS population.
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Contacts: Gwen Williams, ISC 561-512-9713
Erin McCullough, Swedish 425-313-2336
ISSAQUAH - April 3, 2014 - Swedish/Issaquah is delighted to announce a new partnership with Issaquah Soccer Club (ISC) Gunners, a not-for-profit youth soccer organization serving over 300 youth soccer teams and 3000 children on the Eastside.
ISC Gunners is dedicated to helping children learn, compete and grow as athletes and valuable members of the community. ISC offers programs that introduce players to the game at a very young age (under age 5) and provides development programs for players competing at the highest levels, which includes fielding teams in the Premier Development League and Women’s Premier Soccer League.
This sponsorship is part of Swedish/Issaquah’s ongoing commitment to promote health and well-being in the communities it serves.
This week Tom Gibbon, Swedish Community Specialty Clinic Manager and co-chair the Cover King County Leadership Circle, co-authored a guest column in the Seattle Times encouraging readers to sign up for health insurance coverage before the March 31 deadline.
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