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Swedish Mourns Beloved Retired Heart Surgeon, Dr. Lester Sauvage

June 22, 2015

Dr. Lester R. Sauvage, a former cardiac surgeon at the Heart Center at Providence Medical Center, passed away June 5 in his sleep at the age of...

Coalition of Leading Health Care Organizations Receive National Grant to Expand Choosing Wisely Program to Eliminate Wasteful and Potentially Harmful Care

June 18, 2015
A coalition of leading health care organizations in the state today announced that it received a 34-month grant from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to expand work on Choosing Wisely®, a national initiative that encourages clinicians and patients to discuss which medical tests and procedures may be unnecessary for their condition, and in some instances, can cause harm. The Washington Health Alliance (Alliance) and the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), both previous recipients of Choosing Wisely grants, will continue to partner on efforts to reduce wasteful – and potentially harmful – care. Joining them on the new grant will be Group Health Cooperative and Swedish, both of which will undertake bold efforts to significantly reduce the overuse of antibiotics for acute upper respiratory viral infections, imaging for uncomplicated headaches, and overly frequent Pap tests for women.

Swedish Continues Labor Negotiations with SEIU 1199NW

June 18, 2015
In early April, Swedish began the process of negotiating contracts with SEIU 1199NW for RNs, technical workers and service employees. Negotiations continue, with current contracts expiring June 30, 2015. Swedish remains committed to working with the union to develop contracts that offer a competitive wage and benefits package as well as create a supportive and rewarding work environment for its caregivers (employees).

Partners in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District receive national grant award for health and housing innovation

June 12, 2015
A community-based effort led by InterIm Community Development Association (InterIm CDA), Public Health - Seattle & King County, and Swedish was awarded a national grant designed to support community collaborations to give everyone a fair chance to be healthy.

Redesigned Swedish.org launched May 27

May 27, 2015
On May 27, Swedish launched a redesigned website to help patients and website visitors find useful information in a faster, more intuitive way.

Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Recognized with the 2015 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award

May 22, 2015

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA), stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Swedish is committed to increasing the quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds were recognized by the AHA/ASA's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Swedish Cherry Hill received 'Gold' status with Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. Swedish Edmonds received 'Gold Plus' status with Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Recognized with the 2015 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award

May 22, 2015
Swedish is committed to increasing the quality of care and outcomes for stroke patients. Recently, Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds were recognized by the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Awards. Swedish Cherry Hill received ‘Gold’ status with Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. Swedish Edmonds received ‘Gold Plus’ status with Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

Brian Livingston, M.D. Named Chief Executive and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish Ballard

May 21, 2015

Swedish announced today that Brian Livingston, M.D., MBA, FACEP, current Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish First Hill, has been appointed Chief Executive and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Swedish Ballard. He will assume this new role on June 1, 2015.

Dr. Livingston has been an integral member of the Swedish physician leadership team since 2012, serving as Medical Director of Case Management and the Clinical Documentation Integrity Program, Interim Vice President of Operations for the Organ Transplant Program, Physician Advisor to Revenue Cycle, and Vice President of Medical Affairs. He joined Swedish in 2005, practicing in the First Hill Emergency Department.

New Release of Glioblastoma Atlas Sheds Light on Deadly Disease

May 14, 2015

Major updates to the Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project provide researchers with valuable tools to find cures for aggressive brain cancers

SEATTLE, WASH. — May 14, 2015 —Robust new data added to the Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas Project (Ivy GAP) changes the scope and impact of this publicly available resource for researchers and clinicians searching for treatments for this most deadly and aggressive of brain cancers, glioblastoma multiforme.

Led by researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and Swedish Neuroscience Institute and funded with a grant from The Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, Ivy GAP includes detailed information about genes expressed in the various anatomical regions of glioblastoma and important data about the presumed initial cancer stem cells that lead to tumor formation.

Swedish's Gossman Center Earns Society for Simulation in Healthcare Accreditation

May 12, 2015

The Center is one of two accredited healthcare simulation programs in Washington state

Swedish announced today that the Gossman Center for Advanced Healthcare Simulation has been granted accreditation by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) in the area of Teaching/Education, making it one of two accredited programs in Washington state. SSH is a leading inter-professional society that seeks to improve performance and reduce errors in patient care through the use of simulation. Since accrediting its first healthcare simulation program in 2010, SSH has recognized more than 50 programs in six countries.

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