Why Swedish?

When it comes to where your surgery will be performed, keep in mind that that experience is the single most important thing to look for in a surgical team and a surgical facility. Multiple studies have shown that the surgeons who have the most experience in doing a procedure also have the best patient outcomes after surgery.

Swedish started as a surgical hospital. When Dr. Nils Johanson came to Seattle in 1908, he quickly discovered there were no hospitals that lived up to his standards for cleanliness and quality of the nursing staff. And so he built one. In 1910, Swedish opened its doors and offered a new level of infection prevention to the people of Seattle.

Now, more than 100 years later, the focus on innovation and quality in surgery is still the highest item on our agenda. Today, Swedish offers the largest, most comprehensive surgery program in the region. Our surgeons have extensive experience – even with the most complex procedures. Last year alone, more than 52,000 surgeries were performed here.