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Patient Story: Anti-Reflux Surgery Cures 30 Years of GERD Symptoms

May 11, 2015

"I began experiencing heartburn symptoms in my mid-thirties and was in my forties when I first had GERD issues.  My symptoms were aggravated greatly with menopause and grew progressively worse as the years went along.  By the time I was 55 my reflux was something I dealt with when eating and drinking late at night.  If I went to a party and ate rich foods in the evening, I often woke up a few hours after falling asleep with acid shooting up from my stomach and getting trapped in my throat..."

Medical Mission in Ethiopia Month 8 Part 2

May 11, 2015
It has been an emotional week.  Quite likely the most difficult emotional week since our arrival.  On Thursday we received an email from my Dad.  The email heading was, “Kulshan 1999-2015.”  My heart became a ball of aluminum foil.  Oh no.  Our beloved family golden retriever dog of 15 1/2 years.  The kids were in their room, playing, laughing, giggling.  Mark was on a Skype call with the U.S., I was catching up on emails.  I saw the headline and said, “Oh no….  Josh.  Sonja.  Please come.”  I did not say another word.  Together we read Dad’s artful recount of Kulshan’s last few days.  And the tears started to flow.

Walk MS 2015 a Success for the Swedish MS Walk Team

May 11, 2015
Thank you to all who walked in the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk MS event to raise awareness about MS and help fund a cure. With over 170 team members, and over $15,000 raised, the Swedish MS Center, Neuro-ophthalmic Consultants of NW, and Seattle Radiologists team well exceeded the fundraising goal of $10,000. To kick off the event, the “Swedish Smyelin Babes” running team lead by Neurologist, Lily Jung Henson, ran the inaugural 5K race at 8 a.m. Around 10 a.m., the Swedish MS Walk Team along with nearly 5,000 individuals walked along the Burke Gilman Trail in support of MS, family members, friends and colleagues.

Musician David Osmond Tours the Multiple Sclerosis Center with Dr. James Bowen

May 08, 2015
Musician David Osmond, from the famous musical Osmond family, visited the Swedish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center, touring the clinic with medical director, James Bowen. Having been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2005, Osmond was interested in learning more about comprehensive care for MS.

Learn About Advancements in Breast Cancer Care at the Many Faces of Breast Cancer Event at Swedish Issaquah on May 7 from 5:30-8 p.m.

May 06, 2015
The Swedish Cancer Institute at Issaquah is hosting a free educational talk about advancements in breast cancer care on Thursday, May 7 from 5:30-8 p.m. Learn about genetic counseling, the latest screening and treatment options, and get details about the comprehensive breast cancer services and survivorship support offered by Swedish.

During the event, participants will be able to take an insider’s tour of Swedish Issaquah’s state-of-the-art Cancer Center and breast imaging suite.

Jennifer Graves Named Chief Executive for Swedish Edmonds

May 06, 2015
Swedish is excited to announce that Jennifer Graves, Chief Executive and Nurse Executive at Swedish Ballard and Interim Chief Executive for Swedish Edmonds, has accepted the full-time position of Chief Executive for Swedish Edmonds, effective June 1, 2015. With this new role, she will step down as Chief Executive and Nurse Executive at Swedish Ballard.

Lunge for Life: Save Lives by Becoming an Organ Donor

May 06, 2015
In the United States, nearly 124,000 men, women and children are on the waiting list for an organ transplant. Every day, an average of 21 people die waiting for organs they need. Here in the Pacific Northwest, there are approximately 3,000 people on the waiting list. Jimmy Murphy, a patient at Swedish, used to be one of them. But Jimmy was lucky enough to have a family member who was an eligible match for a kidney transplant.

Bariatric Surgery: Helping with the Neurobiology of Obesity

May 04, 2015
"Today's epidemic of overweight and obesity threatens the historic progress we have made in increasing America's quality and years of healthy life." Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, wrote in The Surgeon General's Vision for a Healthy and Fit Nation 2010. As we gain weight, we impact our health.

There are multiple factors and causes of obesity. Thirty years ago, 13% of Americans were obese. Today, over 34% are obese. What we eat, our children will eat. The prevalence of obesity in children has increased from 5% to 17% over the same period according to the CDC.

Swedish Celebrates Nurses' Week (May 6-12)

May 01, 2015
It is with pride and heartfelt appreciation that I write this message to every nurse at Swedish during this year’s Nurses' Week — to represent nursing at Swedish is truly an honor.

The theme for this year’s Nurses' Week is “Ethical Practice, Quality Care.” As I reflect on the ANA Nursing Code of Ethics and consider the work of the nurses at Swedish, the connection is very apparent.

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

April 29, 2015
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.