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Swedish First Hill NICU Earns Level IV Designation

Washington State Department of Health designates Swedish First Hill as a top care center for newborns


SEATTLE — September 4, 2014Swedish Medical Center announced today that the Washington State Department of Health has designated its First Hill neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) as a Level IV regional NICU. This designation places Swedish First Hill among an elite group of care centers in Washington – and one of only two facilities in Seattle – with the capabilities to provide the highest level of treatment for critically ill and premature newborns.
 
“Infants born early or with life-threatening conditions need instant access to specialized care and a gifted team of caregivers,” said Melissa Cate, R.N., M.N., MBA, system administrative director for Women’s, Infants and Children’s Services at Swedish Medical Center. “Swedish First Hill is honored to provide the highest level of neonatal services to families in this region.”
 
Swedish First Hill is Washington’s largest NICU, with more than 75 NICU beds. The facility treats an average of 26 babies requiring Level IV treatment and 27 babies in need of Level III care each day. With its combined birth centers at Ballard, Edmonds, First Hill and Issaquah, Swedish provides care for more than 9,000 families each year.

KOMO 4 TV interviews Dr. Renee Low about concussions in soccer

Watch the KOMO 4 TV clip of Swedish neuropsychologist Renee Low, M.D., interviewing with anchor Eric Johnson about the dangers of concussions in soccer and the importance of baseline testing.

50th Anniversary, Hospital Expansion Celebration Sept. 10 at Swedish Edmonds

Community Invited to Celebrate Hospital’s Half-Century History and Building for the Future

 

EDMONDS, WA — Aug. 29, 2014 — To mark a half-century of health care service to the community and the groundbreaking for Swedish Edmonds’ largest expansion in 40 years, the community is invited to a celebration on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 4-6 p.m. The celebration will take place on the east side of the hospital, the future site of a $63.5 million expansion to the existing hospital campus. Celebration activities will include:

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the planned hospital expansion – a two-story, 77,000-square-foot facility that will include a new emergency department (ED), urgent care, observation unit, outpatient diagnostic imaging center, new lobby, public space, 37,000-square-foot shelled second floor and more

  • Time capsule dedication and hall of history display acknowledging the hospital’s 50-year history and achievements over the decades

  • Refreshments served

KING 5 HealthLink Profiles Focused Ultrasound Research at Swedish

KING 5 TV’s HealthLink program recently aired a segment on a clinical trial being conducted at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute at its Cherry Hill hospital. The study is examining the use of a novel, noninvasive approach to treating brain disorders using focused ultrasound. The concept is appealing to clinicians, as it could provide patients with a less invasive treatment option.

The KING 5 story examines the technology’s application for the treatment of essential tremor, one of the most common movement disorders. Swedish Neuroscience Institute is also studying focused ultrasound for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and brain tumors.

Watch the KING 5 HealthLink story here.

Statement on Swedish Edmonds Construction Accident

At approximately 2 pm today, Swedish Edmonds emergency caregivers responded to a Code Blue (medical emergency) at the construction site adjacent to the hospital after a subcontractor working at the scene was electrocuted after coming in contact with a power line. Due to the presence of live voltage at the scene, caregivers could not access the site and the patient was later declared dead at the scene.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to express our condolences to the family of the deceased and those affected by this tragedy. We are working closely with Sellen Construction, Edmonds Police Department, Snohomish County Fire District 1, and Labor & Industries to investigate the accident and determine what happened.

Although the accident resulted in temporary disruption of power at some of the outlying buildings on the Swedish Edmonds campus, no care services at the main hospital were impacted aside from a temporary safety pause for cardiac cath lab and some elective procedure patients. Power was completely restored to the campus by 3:45 pm.

Out of respect for the family of the victim, those affected by the accident and the ongoing investigation, Swedish cannot provide additional comment at this time.

Modern Healthcare Interview with Swedish CEO Tony Armada

Swedish Health Services CEO Tony Armada was interviewed Furst Group as part of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare. In his interview, Armada discusses his family’s connection to health care, achieving excellence in care and what convinced him that taking the helm at Swedish is the right opportunity for him to pursue.

Read the full interview on Furstgroup.com.

Pacific Cancer Research Consortium Receives $6.6 Million Grant to Expand Access to Oncology Care, Trials

Consortium includes Swedish Cancer Institute, Providence Portland Medical Center and St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute

News Release
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           
 
Contacts: Clay Holtzman, Swedish Cancer Institute, 206-386-2748, clay.holtzman@swedish.org
                  Jean Marks, Providence Portland Medical Center, 503-215-6433, jean.marks@providence.org
                  Ken Dey, St. Luke’s Mountain State Tumor Institute, 208-381-2894, deyke@slhs.org

SEATTLE — August 5, 2014 — The National Cancer Institute’s Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) has awarded a consortium of  community cancer centers from the Western United States a five-year grant worth $6.6 million to improve access to lifesaving cancer care and clinical trials across a five-state region.
 
The Pacific Cancer Research Consortium is led by three primary sites: the Swedish Cancer Institute (SCI) in Seattle, which will serve as the grant’s fiduciary, Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC) in Oregon and St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) in Boise, Idaho. The consortium also includes 37 other clinical care sites in Alaska, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The program opened on Aug. 4.
 
The Consortium’s grant is part of a $93 million funding cycle announced today by NCORP and awarded to 53 researchers across the country.
 
“We are extremely honored that the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program has selected our consortium to lead the expansion of cancer clinical trials throughout the Western region,” said Thomas Brown, M.D., executive director of the Swedish Cancer Institute. “Together Swedish Cancer Institute, Providence Cancer Center at Providence Portland Medical Center, St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute, and a network of clinical care sites are giving patients and their families access to the most current investigational therapies that give hope to advancing the care of cancer patients throughout our region and beyond. Access to clinical trials is the key to providing high quality cancer care in the 21st century.”

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