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Swedish continues labor negotiations with SEIU 1199NW

June 18, 2015
In early April, Swedish began the process of negotiating contracts with SEIU 1199NW for RNs, technical workers and service employees. Negotiations continue, with current contracts expiring June 30, 2015. Swedish remains committed to working with the union to develop contracts that offer a competitive wage and benefits package as well as create a supportive and rewarding work environment for its caregivers (employees).

Partners in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District receive national grant award for health and housing innovation

June 12, 2015
A community-based effort led by InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Swedish was awarded a national grant designed to support community collaborations to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy.

Redesigned Swedish.org launched May 27

May 27, 2015
On May 27, Swedish launched a redesigned website to help patients and website visitors find useful information in a faster, more intuitive way.

Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Recognized with the 2015 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award

May 22, 2015

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Swedish is committed to increasing the quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds were recognized by the AHA/ASA's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Swedish Cherry Hill received 'Gold' status with Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. Swedish Edmonds received 'Gold Plus' status with Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

Swedish Health Services partners with Kindred Healthcare to deliver new TeleICU program

February 18, 2015

Kindred Hospital Seattle First Hill offers additional clinical monitoring and support for patients

SEATTLE – Feb. 18, 2015 – Starting today, Kindred Hospital Seattle First Hill will begin using Swedish’s TeleICU system to provide an additional layer of care and clinical monitoring for its patients.

Using two-way cameras and audio feeds, TeleICU allows remote care teams to conduct rounds, provide services and support ICU nurses. Special early-warning software collects information about blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, medication orders and X-rays to give the TeleICU teams vital information to monitor each patient's status closely, along with onsite caregivers. With the flip of a switch, the TeleICU team can communicate directly with the patient’s nurse and provide needed support. The TeleICU team typically includes an intensivist, registered nurses and support staff who monitor patients in multiple hospitals.

Swedish celebrates twenty-two recipients of the DAISY award for extraordinary nursing

February 12, 2015

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.

During a special ceremony, nurses received a certificate that read: “In deep appreciation of all you do, who you are, and the incredibly meaningful difference you make in the lives of so many people.”

Swedish welcomes group health maternity patients starting February 2015

February 10, 2015

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

January 27, 2015

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

January 26, 2015

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 counseling and testing can significantly influence a patient’s cancer treatment plan,” said Robert Resta, MS, board-certified genetic counselor at SCI. “Counseling can also indicate appropriate screening tests and medical procedures for relatives who may be at increased risk of developing cancer.”

Getting help when you don't know what to do about your symptoms

January 23, 2015

When you’re not feeling well, sometimes it’s hard to know where to turn. As the Nurse Navigator with Swedish Digestive Health Network, I get these calls every day.  Below are a few tips to help you advocate for yourself if you are not feeling well. (Remember to first and foremost get established with a primary care doctor before you become ill!)

1. If you’re not feeling well: