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Swedish Advances Plasma Collection and Treatment for COVID19 Patients

April 14, 2020
Swedish Health Services, the largest non-profit health care system in the Puget Sound region, is partnering with Bloodworks Northwest to expand the collection of plasma donations from recovered COVID-19 patients for use as a potential treatment for COVID-19. 

Collective bargaining agreements reached with SEIU 1199NW

April 08, 2020

Swedish Health Services is pleased to have reached agreements with SEIU 1199NW on new contracts that cover more than 7,700 represented employees of Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Edmonds. The contracts reflect Swedish’s organizational values and its deep commitment to its people and the communities it serves.

Swedish Health Services Builds COVID-19 Emergency Response App with help from Microsoft

April 02, 2020

Leaders at Microsoft and Swedish Health Services, the largest nonprofit health care provider in the Puget Sound, today announced the launch of a digital app that will enable Swedish employees to access real-time data and analytics as part of the system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The app, called the COVID-19 Emergency Response App (CERA), is the first of its kind at Swedish and was developed by Swedish with assistance from Microsoft. 

Thank You For Staying Home

March 28, 2020

Message from Dr. R. Guy Hudson, Swedish CEO 

Over the past several weeks, I have been continually impressed by the community’s outpouring of support for health care providers on the front lines in the coronavirus pandemic, including the 12,000 dedicated caregivers at Swedish. It is often in times of crisis that our humanity, resilience and compassion shine brightest.

Swedish Media Alert: March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

To preserve capacity to meet the acute health care needs of our patients, Swedish has decided to temporarily stop elective inpatient and outpatient surgeries for non-life threatening and non-urgent care at our hospital campuses, effective Friday, March 13. This applies to procedures at all our hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Issaquah and Edmonds). 

Swedish Media Alert: March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

Effective Thursday, March 12 at noon, all routine visiting will be suspended at our hospital campuses until further notice. Additionally, visitors will not be allowed for patients under evaluation for COVID-19 or who have tested positive. Until COVID-19 no longer poses a public health threat, all patients and visitors will be screened.

Swedish Offers Updated Post-Strike Package, Proposes Facilitated Staffing Conversations

February 10, 2020

Swedish returned to the bargaining table yesterday with SEIU 1199NW, which represents many of our nurses and service, technical and professional staff. The bargaining session was held under the auspices of federal mediators who have been engaged, with SEIU’s agreement, to help further our progress in contract negotiations. The mediators recommended yesterday that the two sides exchange new counterproposals through the mediators rather than meet face-to-face, since emotions are still high following the strike. We agreed to their recommendation.

Strike period ends as nearly 2,000 SEIU-represented caregivers return to work across all Swedish campuses

January 31, 2020

The three-day strike called by SEIU 1199NW ended at 7:30 a.m. today. Swedish is pleased to report that no major safety events occurred during the strike. We are grateful for everyone who ensured safe, quality care for our patients during this time.

Safe, Quality Care Continues on Final Day of Strike

January 30, 2020

On the final day of the three-day strike called by SEIU 1199NW, we are pleased to report that safe, quality care continues and that no major events have occurred during this time. We look forward to bringing caregivers back to work over the next two days as work becomes available, and we are actively notifying caregivers today if they should report to work tomorrow.

Swedish Officials Share an Update on Day 2 of Strike

January 29, 2020
Today, on Day 2 of the strike, we do not have any serious incidents to report. Everything is going remarkably well. We are grateful to our medical staff, nursing managers and represented caregivers who chose to come to work. These include technicians who run the equipment and EVS workers who ensure our hospitals are clean and sanitized. 
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