Digestive Health Network
The human digestive system is complex. But getting help and information when something goes wrong should be easy. Our specially trained navigators can connect you and your doctor with the right specialist for you.
Whether you or your child suffer from a new problem or have a chronic condition that requires attention, we can help you. The Digestive Health Network includes experts in every one of the dozens of digestive diseases and conditions. Many of them offer new treatment options you won’t find anywhere else in the region.
No matter how small or how complex a condition, you can get information and help for your digestive health problem by calling the Swedish Digestive Health Network.
Cirrhosis of the liver
Difficulty swallowing (esophagus)
Difficulty swallowing (mouth or pharynx)
Fever of unknown origin
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Inflammatory bowel disease
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
Non-ulcer stomach pain
Peptic ulcer disease
Pyrexia of unknown origin
Severe stomach ache
Swallowing disorders, such as achalasia
About the Swedish Digestive Health Network
The Swedish Digestive Health Network is a collaborative affiliation of highly trained physicians and surgeons from all major specialties that care for patients with digestive diseases. Its creation represents a major step in the evolution of coordinated care for complex digestive health problems.
Physicians and surgeons at Swedish have a long history of successfully treating patients with virtually every stage of any type of digestive disease. Swedish has also been a pioneer in introducing the latest treatments and technologies for many conditions, often before they become available anywhere else in the region.
By creating the Digestive Health Network, we hope to make this specialty care readily accessible to both referring physicians looking to send their patient to the center with the highest level of care available as well as for patients looking for help on their own.
The Swedish Digestive Health Network is a group of physicians who have a dedicated interest in digestive diseases. We have eleven gastroenterologists and five nurse practitioners. Thoracic surgeons, colon/rectal surgeons, head and neck surgeons, weight loss surgeons, as well as nutritionists, hepatologists. Conditions that essentially go from the mouth all the way to the bottom end. Including the esophagus, the intestines, the liver. Tummy aches to pancreatic cancers.
Before the network existed, patients would be referred to a specific physician who then would have to decide, after meeting the patient, that the patient would need to come back and see another one of the specialists. And so the patient would have to make multiple trips back and forth to Swedish to see these number of individuals. Sometimes patients don't know what they need. They have a problem. They know it's digestive related. They don't know what kind of doctor would be the right one to take care of them.
The nurse navigator is a new initiative that is being put into place for the Digestive Health Network and it is intended to make the entry point for patients as easy and trouble free as possible. Swedish Digestive Health Network, how can we help you today? A patient can call us directly and describe his or her symptoms and the nurse navigator will help identify which specialist to start the workup and process with.
The patient's care is shared between the local physicians who are the primary care and/or referring physician with the network. Ultimately the patients will come here for some specialty treatment but they will go back and be cared for by their regular physician on an on-going basis.
I think the collaboration between physicians at Swedish is really quite remarkable. It's as simple as two physicians sitting down over a cup of coffee, looking at films, and finding out what needs to be done. It's also different visions that come together to make the care of the patient better. There's no reason that we can't have mutliple people collaborating to share information, share insight and experience to get the best outcomes for patients with complex digestive diseases.
What's new is just the process. What's not new is the doctors, the technology that we provide, the experience the patient gets. What's new is how we get the patients in and how we interact together and how we interact with the physicians outside the network.
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