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From the desk of Swedish Health Services Chief Executive Anthony (Tony) A. Armada, FACHE


Dear Friends of Swedish,

During the four months since I started as Swedish's Chief Executive, I have had the opportunity to meet and speak with many of you and to learn your thoughts about Swedish, and share mine.
I am writing today to reach out to those of you I have not yet met in person. So, until I get that chance, I want to introduce myself and share some of my thoughts about this great health system.
As I am sure you know, this is a unique and very challenging time in the health care industry. The financial and economic pressures we face are significant, and both the environment we work in and the rules we must follow are changing rapidly.

Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that Swedish has never been stronger. This is true from both a financial perspective and in terms of our ability to care for the patients and families who come to us for care. We are, in 2014, able to serve more patients, deliver more babies, provide more charity care for more individuals and families and see more visitors in our neighborhood clinics than ever before.

Swedish Honored at Leaders in Health Care 2014 Event

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Seattle Business magazine recognizes Swedish for Outstanding Community Outreach

News Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                        
 
Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org
 
Swedish Honored at Leaders in Health Care 2014 Event
Seattle Business magazine recognizes Swedish for Outstanding Community Outreach
 
SEATTLE — Feb. 25, 2014 — Swedish Health Services’ Community Benefits Program received the Outstanding Community Outreach award at Seattle Business magazine’s fifth annual Leaders in Health Care awards celebration. The largest and most comprehensive non-profit health provider in the Pacific Northwest, Swedish is known for creating high-impact community outreach programs such as the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Global to Local (G2L).
 
The Leaders in Health Care awards honor 25 outstanding organizations in eight categories, ranging from medical research to lifetime achievement. The Outstanding Community Outreach award recognizes organizations that are committed to developing and implementing original programs that improve the health of local communities.  
 
“It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious award,” said Tom Gibbon, manager of the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Ballard High School Teen Clinic. “It showcases years of work that not only benefits the most vulnerable populations in our community, but also offers sustainable and replicable solutions that will change how care is delivered.”
 
The Swedish Community Benefits Program evaluates public health data and collaborates with local organizations to produce initiatives that address a wide range of community health needs in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2006, Swedish has launched more than 15 initiatives. Programs such as the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic and Global to Local exist to combat long-term challenges while addressing immediate health care needs.  
 

Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Sign Up

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Swedish/Issaquah is offering free, in-person assistance for anyone who wants to sign up for health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act.  Those interested can attend the session between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Monday, February 24 on the Swedish/Issaquah campus in the Knowledge Room located on the 2nd Floor, 751 N.E. Blakely Dr. Issaquah, WA 98029.

In person assisters will be on hand to help guide people through the registration process.

If you are interested but cannot attend, schedule an individual appointment by calling (206) 386-6996.

Dr. Rayburn Lewis Named Chief Executive of Swedish/Issaquah

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News Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 10                                                            
 
Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org
 

SEATTLE – Swedish/Cherry Hill Chief Operating Officer Rayburn Lewis, M.D., has been named the new chief executive of Swedish/Issaquah. He will begin work in his new role on Feb. 10 and replaces retiring Swedish/Issaquah Chief Executive Chuck Salmon.
 
“I am honored to be charged with the responsibility of leading one of the newest and highest quality hospitals in the entire region,” Dr. Lewis said. “Our focus will continue to be on building the strongest, healthiest communities across Issaquah and East King County.”

Dr. Lewis, a board-certified internal medicine physician who has been a member of Swedish’s medical staff since 1984, brings to his new executive role a wealth of leadership experience from across the Swedish system.

Swedish Surgeon Eric Vallieres Featured in Super Bowl Commercial Highlighting Microsoft’s History of Innovation

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Kinect-based technology from GestSure allows surgeons to manipulate medical imaging


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

SEATTLE – Swedish thoracic surgeon Eric Vallieres, M.D., was featured Sunday in a Super Bowl commercial highlighting Microsoft Corp.’s history of innovation. The commercial, filmed in part at Swedish/First Hill in Seattle, shows Dr. Vallieres demonstrating the GestSure system, which allows surgeons to manipulate medical images during procedures using Microsoft’s Kinect platform.

“Just by using your hands in front of the Kinect, you can actually control your x-ray without scrubbing out. I can correlate what’s happening on the patient with what’s happening on the images, so there is better flow of surgery and that translates into better care for my patient,” Dr. Vallieres said in an online video that further details the GestSure system.

Pacific Medical Centers and Providence Health & Services Propose Affiliation

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For more information:

PacMed: Maggie Brown, (206) 390-2322 mbrown@apcoworldwide.com

Providence: Colleen Wadden, Director, External Communication (206) 979-1620 or colleen.wadden@providence.org


SEATTLE – Today Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) announced its intention to enter a secular affiliation with Providence Health & Services. This affiliation brings together PacMed’s successful model of delivering high quality coordinated care at an affordable cost and Providence’s history of delivering compassionate, quality care across the Northwest. The goal of the affiliation is to reduce the cost of health care for patients, employers and government insurers, while improving health outcomes for patients.

“PacMed wants to change the way health care is organized, delivered and paid for in order to help our communities live healthier lives,” said Harvey Smith, president & CEO of PacMed, which operates nine, multi-specialty clinic locations in the greater Puget Sound area. “We have a long history of working closely with our patients to manage their health care responsibly, while yielding high patient satisfaction, excellent health outcomes and lower costs. On its own, PacMed cannot drive broad changes in the way that health care is delivered. We need to collaborate with an organization that has sufficient resources and a similar community-minded mission and vision to succeed. Not just any partner, but the right partner.”

“After more than a year of careful discussions with many potential affiliates, PacMed has chosen a secular affiliation with Providence Health & Services,” Smith said. “Providence shares our desire to change the delivery care model to ensure high-quality, more affordable care in our communities. We are passionate about all of the positive benefits working together will provide for our communities.”

Swedish MS Center recognized by Healthcare Design magazine

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Healthcare Design magazine recently recognized the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis Center at Cherry Hill as a finalist in the Family Spaces category of its annual Healthcare Design Remodel Renovation Competition.

You can see a pdf version of the piece here.

You can also check out a post on the article by James Bowen, M.D., medical director of the MS Center, on the Swedish Blog.
 

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