News in 2015

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Swedish Names Margo Bykonen, RN, as Chief Nurse Officer

March 24, 2015

Swedish Health Services announced Margo Bykonen, RN, will be taking the role of Chief Nursing Officer for Swedish Health Services. In her new position, Margo will play an integral role in executing Swedish’s strategic nursing plan and furthering its mission to improve the health and well-being of patients. Margo will have a dual role, maintaining her duties as Swedish First Hill Nurse Executive as she assumes the Chief Nursing Officer position.

Margo has a deep understanding of Swedish with 33 years of service to the system. She began her career at Swedish Medical Center in 1982 as an RN in the gynecological surgery unit caring for post-operative patients. From there, she became a nursing care specialist in home hospice before spending the next nine years as the HIV/AIDS program director. Margo was responsible for overseeing all care and services for HIV/AIDS patients and worked with community organizations to improve care options.

Virus Tumor Link Prompts Promising Brain Cancer

March 23, 2015

The median survival rate in glioblastoma patients was extended to more than four years after Phase I of a recent trial completed by Duke University. According to the paper published last week in the journal Nature, some cases doubled the average survival time expected in patients receiving standard treatments.

The study was the result of a discovery published in 2002 by Swedish’s brain cancer specialist, Dr. Charles Cobbs, that found cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection present in 90 percent of glioblastoma cells. CMV is a common herpes virus that can lay dormant for long periods of time and for which there is no cure.

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.”

Volunteer trip to Kenya for spine surgeries

February 12, 2015

I'm in Nairobi, Kenya in the hopes of performing 20 much needed spine deformity surgeries.  While in Kenya we will be working along side the Kenyatta National Hospital surgeons to develop a sustainable spine treatment program through hands on training and education.

Here, the team is en route to Nairobi.

We'll be working with the National Spinal Injury Hospital (NSIH), which as the name suggests is a hospital who offers medical treatments to patients with spine injuries. NSIH is a national referral facility with a capacity of 32 beds. For this reason, it cannot accommodate more than 30 patients at any one time; 2 beds are to be spared for medical procedures. Statistics indicates that there are over 200 people waiting for treatment at any one single time.


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.

Swedish Weight Loss Services Bariatric surgeons receive their Obesity Medicine Certification

February 10, 2015

Dr. Judy Chen and Dr. Brian Sung have been certified by the American Board of Obesity Medicine as ABOM Diplomates - representing the highest level of achievement in the medical specialty of obesity medicine.

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:

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