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Swedish and Providence Join Forces to Improve Health Care

October 06, 2011

These are some of the most challenging times in our country’s history for both health care and the economy. As Greater Seattle’s largest nonprofit provider, we believe it is Swedish’s responsibility to lead the region through these difficult times and serve the community no matter what the circumstances. Today, I am very proud to announce that Swedish is leading the way in partnership with Providence Health & Services. Both of our boards recently approved an innovative plan to join forces and form a new integrated health system to serve Western Washington.

There are still many details to be worked out, and the affiliation is pending regulatory review. But when finalized, our new system will dramatically improve health care for the region and serve as a local solution to the nation’s health-care crisis.

What makes our affiliation so innovative is that it is not a merger or acquisition. Rather, it is a unique structure that will ...

Are you a good influence?

October 05, 2011

Our parents were right. The people we surround ourselves with have a direct impact on our personal lifestyle choices. So, are your friends and family a positive influence on your life? Are you a good influence on those around you? Do you have a training partner that you see on a regular basis?

Most of us are more likely to workout if we make a commitment to meet someone and workout together, it makes us accountable and means letting someone down if we flake out.

Your training partner does not have to be your best friend, they just need to be someone that supports you and motivates you to be a better person. You also don’t need to spend additional money, you can find someone currently in your life.

For example:

You deserve 30 a day

September 14, 2011

Our lives are full. In the new era of having our smart phones with us 24/7, increased work demands due to the economy, competitive parenting and little free time, how are we expected to find 30 minutes a day to get exercise? It’s not easy, but our bodies are craving it.

The American Heart Association reports that getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week prevents the development of coronary artery disease. There is also evidence that exercise reduces the risk of other chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, depression, breast cancer and colon cancer.

So, we know we SHOULD get physical activity, and it is justifiable to feel as though we are too busy due to so many demands. It’s not easy to find 30 minutes, but think...

We talk the talk - let's start walking

April 06, 2011

Today (April 6) is National Start! Walking Day. Swedish is partnering with the American Heart Association to mobilize walkers from Cherry Hill, First Hill, Ballard, and Met Park (some of our campuses) to participate in National Start! Walking Day. We're coordinating this effort to encourage and motivate Swedish employees to walk one mile at noon.

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