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

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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

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.

Pacific Northwest Kidney ‘Paired’ Exchange Program Performs Its First Three-Way Kidney Transplant

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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

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Opening April 27, the nursery extends specialized care to infants and their families
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. 

Swedish Ballard Receives Pathway to Excellence® Designation

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First hospital in Washington state to earn this honor

We are excited to announce that Swedish Ballard has received the Pathway to Excellence® designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), making it the first hospital in Washington state to earn this honor. 

The Pathway to Excellence® program recognizes health care and long-term care organizations for positive practice environments where nurses excel. To qualify, organizations must meet 12 Pathway Practice Standards essential to an ideal nursing practice environment.

Swedish Cancer Institute Elevates Personalized Medicine Program with Innovative Software Platform

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The adoption of Syapse Precision Medicine Platform will help deliver large-scale genomic and clinical data to enhance patient care


SEATTLE, April 23, 2015 – The Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI), one of the Northwest’s leading cancer treatment centers, announced today the adoption of Syapse Precision Medicine Platform to enhance its Personalized Medicine Program. The innovative software platform will enable clinicians to better integrate genomic information into patient care and move critical cancer research forward.

The Personalized Medicine Program, launched in April 2014, combines advanced treatments based on the “molecular fingerprint” of a tumor with individualized emotional and physical supportive care. SCI’s gene alteration panel, developed in partnership with CellNetix Pathology & Laboratories, is based on a focused set of gene alterations that are most relevant to cancer treatments. By combining gene alteration data with the clinical decision support of the Syapse platform, patients may receive tailored therapies or targeted clinical trials specific to their molecular fingerprint instead of treatments based solely on the origin of their cancer.

Swedish Issaquah Announces High-Level Containment Assessment Unit

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As efforts continue in West Africa to control the current Ebola outbreak, the CDC has prompted US healthcare facilities to implement systems necessary to raise preparedness levels at home. The lessons learned from the few cases of US infection have been well utilized in planning and preparing for such events, and Swedish Issaquah is pleased to announce the arrival of its own modular high-level assessment and isolation unit.

Swedish Epilepsy Center Recognized as Level 4 Epilepsy Center by NAEC

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The National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) recognized the Swedish Epilepsy Center as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, a testament to the comprehensive, specialized care Swedish provides for patients with epilepsy.  

Level 4 Epilepsy Centers have the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest-level medical and surgical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy. The accreditation, awarded April 1, 2015, renewed the Center’s Level 4 status.

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