About swedishhospital

Swedish Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center located in Englewood, Colorado. An acute-care hospital, Swedish has 368 beds, is the region's referral center for neurotrauma and is a recognized leader in stroke treatment.

Swedish Medical Center to Spend $50 Million on Neuroscience Hospital Expansion

Swedish Medical Center, the region’s leading stroke and neuroscience center, is pleased to announce it is moving forward on a $50 million expansion. In an effort to further align its neuroscience services; this is the second largest expansion in recent Swedish history.

Highlights include:
• Adding needed critical care beds and medical surgical beds, both of which maintain high occupancy levels today.
• Adding 65,000 square feet to the campus and renovating 28,000 square feet.
• Creating 39 incremental beds that will be dedicated to our neuroscience program.
• Constructing two additional floors to our south tower resulting in new neuroscience, medical and surgical beds.
• Constructing a new neurocritical care unit to address more significant patient needs and volume.
• Redesigning a new lobby and entrance to the neuroscience portion of the hospital, creating a workspace for our neuroscience program to collaborate more efficiently.
• Purchasing an additional outpatient 3T MRI for advanced neurological imaging.

“We are extremely excited for this investment by HealthONE in our neuroscience program,” said Mary White, President and CEO Swedish Medical Center. “We truly are the region’s number one neuroscience and spine program, and this expansion ensures we continue down that path. We plan to continue having our community say, Take me to Swedish!”

Swedish Medical Center has long been the region’s leader in neurosciences, as evidenced by these accomplishments and designations:
• The first hospital in the Rocky Mountain region to receive a Primary Stroke Center designation from the Joint Commission in 2004.
• In 2013 Swedish became the first hospital in the region to earn the Comprehensive Stroke Center designation from the Joint Commission.
• Also in 2013, Swedish received the “Get with the Guidelines” GOLD Stroke designation from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
• Swedish has the fastest growing Deep Brain Stimulation program in the region.
• Finally, Swedish Medical Center treats MORE strokes, FASTER:
• Door to Neurology Evaluation: 7.5 minutes compared to the national goal of 20 minutes
• Door to CT First Slice: 17 minutes compared to the national goal of 25 minutes
• Door to IV t-PA started: 40.8 minutes compared to the national average of 60 minutes or less
• 26% of patients taken to Swedish receive IV t-PA compared to the national average of 5%
Because of his dedication to stroke care, program quality and growth at Swedish and throughout the region, Chris Fanale, M.D. has been named the chair of the neuro hospital planning committee.

“This expansion will add much needed beds, infrastructure and technology to our campus,” said Fanale. “We are ensuring a foundation for the many years of growth ahead.”

Additionally what sets Swedish Medical Center apart from other neuroscience programs in the region is their highly recognized Acute Inpatient Rehab Facility, relationship with HealthONE’s Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital, and the shared campus and collaboration with two renowned neuroscience institutions including Craig Hospital and the Colorado Neurological Institute.

Swedish Medical Center’s Acute Inpatient Rehab Facility is ranked among the top facilities in the country. It was recently named “Top Performer” by the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation. Swedish Acute Rehab is an important part of the pathway to recovery, celebrating milestones and regaining independence for neurological patients.

Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital was the first licensed Acute Rehab Hospital in the state and is a part of the HealthONE family of hospitals. With over 45 years of experience, Spalding offers clinical expertise in treating traumatic brain injury patients.

Swedish Medical Center is fortunate to have the campus of Craig Hospital adjacent to its own. Craig has been a world-renowned specialty neurorehabilitation hospital for patients with spinal cord injury and brain injury since 1956.

Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI) is a 25-year-old not-for-profit that currently facilitates 50 clinical trials, provides care coordination to outpatients with neurological conditions, and operates an outpatient rehab program.

Construction will begin in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is expected to take place over approximately three years.

Swedish Medical Center Announces Partnership with Loveland Ski Club: Love What Moves You!

(Englewood, CO) Swedish Medical Center is proud to announce a three year, exclusive partnership with the Loveland Ski Club: Love What Moves You. The partnership is generating extra excitement as both Swedish Medical Center employees and Loveland Ski Team members are glued to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to see the young favorite Mikaela Shiffrin compete. Over the past 4 years Shiffrin has competed and trained at Loveland Ski Area in preparation. Shiffrin placed fifth in her Olympic debut, missing a medal by 0.23 seconds in the Giant Slalom. At only 18 years old, Shiffrin is a favorite in the upcoming Ladies’ Slalom.

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The relationship between Swedish Medical Center and Loveland Ski Club is one that will provide education and injury prevention for club members and their families as well as medical directorship of the club. Additionally, Swedish Medical Center provides a one-call option to club members and their families for healthcare resources: 1-855-SWEDSPRT (1-855-793-7778).

“Skiing is such a part of the culture of Colorado,” said Mary M. White, President and CEO Swedish Medical Center. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to be a part of not only a Colorado past time, but also a club and a mountain that attracts skiers from across the Front Range. It’s members of our community that are enjoying skiing at Loveland and we want to serve them in every way that we can.”

The Loveland Ski Club consists or more than 100 racers, ranging in age from five to 20-years-old, 12 coaches and 82 families who live throughout the Front Range.

“Partnering with Swedish is a natural fit for us,” said John Hale, Director of Loveland Ski Club. “They are such a figure in the community, they are a Level One Trauma Center and while they have expertise in the types of injuries we can see in this sport, they also have a commitment to education throughout the community.”

The health education and injury prevention will be a combination of programs selected by and created for the club members and their families, as well as seminars from the Spirit of Women program providing age appropriate and relevant health and wellness topics. Seminars are open to the public and include everything from, ‘It’s a Slippery Slope: Injury Prevention’ to ‘Hit Me With Your Best Shot’ a seminar about teenage vaccines.IMG_7747

Medical directorship is provided by Orthopedic Physicians of Colorado and if needed, the orthopedic trauma team consisting of Wade Smith, MD and Steve Morgan, MD in the event of a traumatic injury.

“We believe in education and injury prevention,” said John Reister, MD of OPC. “We also understand that ski racing is an extreme sport and injuries do happen. We are excited to provide fast, quality, comprehensive care to the racers and families of the Loveland Ski Club.”

This partnership is another way Swedish Medical Center is continuing their long tradition of being involved in the community they serve and providing education and comprehensive care. For more information visit www.SwedishHospital.com or visit us at our booth at one of the many races hosted by the Loveland Ski Club throughout the season.

 

About Swedish Medical Center (www.SwedishHospital.com)

Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for neurotrauma and as the region’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a recognized leader in the most advanced stroke care. Swedish offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,600 physicians.

About Loveland Ski Club
Our goal is to provide world-class alpine ski training, close to home, combined with exceptional coaching and curriculum. We offer a high-quality, dedicated training environment that is meticulously prepared, technologically advanced and well-staffed. In this setting, an athlete has every opportunity to reach his or her potential, whether that be a lifelong love of the sport, USSA competitions, FIS racing, the Collegiate ranks, the National team, World Cup, or the Olympic Games. We provide this training in a unique setting that allows an athlete to live in their own family home, attend their own school and still have essential access to world-class training. In this pursuit, we are passionately committed to acquiring, developing, and perfecting fundamental skills. We place a priority on helping our athletes develop their fundamental skills because we firmly believe that these fundamentals provide the structural basis for becoming both a successful racer and lifetime skier.

 

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A Wounded Warrior’s Story of Recovery

Taking orders isn’t something Senior Master Sergeant Martin Smith is used to. The active duty Air Force member and father of four is usually the one telling others how things are done. But a recent turn of events in Martin’s life led him to become the one taking orders from his doctors at MOTUS also known as Mountain Orthopedic Trauma Surgeons at Swedish. HPIM2443

In August 2012, Martin was on his way home from work in Colorado Springs. This was a commute he often traveled on his motorcycle. “There was a lot of construction that day,” said Martin. “I wasn’t aware that the road was down to one lane and as I braked, I slide downhill, swerved and hit the car in front of me.” Martin severely broke his left leg in multiple places. Lying on the ground, he knew there was a big problem due to the amount of blood coming from his leg. He took his belt and made a tourniquet to stop the bleeding as someone else from the scene came to his aid. “This guy came to help me and held the tourniquet in place until AirLife came to take me to the hospital,” explains Martin.

He was rushed to Swedish Medical Center where he was immediately assessed by orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Wade Smith. “Martin had suffered an open tibia fracture,” explains Dr. Smith. “Not only were bones of the leg shattered, the skin and muscles were torn off leaving the bone exposed to infection.” Due to the severity of Martin’s injury, Dr. Smith was unable to save his entire leg. “In some cases of severe limb trauma, amputation is unavoidable and in fact, can provide better long term function than a severely damaged leg. However, it is critical to use all means to preserve as much of the limb as possible to enhance future function and return to life,” says Dr. Smith. Martin underwent a below knee amputation.

“I was in a state of shock and never thought I was going to lose some of my leg,” said Martin. “I wasn’t really able to soak it all in until after surgery.” He received a prosthetic and did months of post-surgery therapy. “It was a stressful time for me but Dr. Smith always knew what to say to calm me down in the situation. One thing he said that changed my life around was to stop being a patient and start being an athlete again, so I did.”

Martin swam competitively in high school and has always considered himself athletic. Shortly after his conversation with Dr. Smith, Martin received the chance of a lifetime and was asked to be a part of the 2013 Warrior Games.

Smith, Martin divingThe Warrior Games showcase the spirit of competition for wounded, ill or injured service members from all military branches. He made the swim team and won the silver medal in the below knee amputee category. “It was one of the greatest moments of my life and one of my biggest accomplishments,” said Martin. “Dr. Smith was really my motivation to go beyond what I believed I could do at that point in time in my life.”

“I’m glad that as a team, we were able to get Martin back to where he once was in his life. He is an extraordinary person who just needed a little support to believe in himself again,” said Dr. Smith.

Martin plans on retiring from the military this year and may consider competing in the Warrior Games again next year. His goal is to ride a motorcycle and share this hobby with his wife again. Martin says he owes his current life to Dr. Smith and MOTUS and the medical expertise they gave him during the most difficult time of his life. “I want to thank Dr. Smith for kicking my butt and getting me back to living my life!”

 

Swedish Breast Care Program Receives NAPBC Accreditation

Englewood, CO – Swedish Breast Care Program In Partnership with Invision Sally Jobe Breast Center has been granted a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

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Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Through this NAPBC accreditation the Swedish Breast Care Program In Partnership with Invision Sally Jobe Breast Center has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“This accreditation is exciting because it really brings attention what we have believed in providing for our patients all along – the highest quality care with the best possible outcomes,” said Jane M Kercher, M.D. “Our Breast Center is collaborative right from the point of diagnosis, into treatment and survivorship. We work together to provide the region with an unparalleled continuum of quality care.”

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

Receiving care at Swedish Breast Care Program In Partnership with Invision Sally Jobe Breast Center, a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

• Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
• A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

And, most importantly,

• Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at http://www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
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1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013
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Swedish Medical Center First In State For Joint Commission Award In Cardiovascular Services

Awarded in Multiple Coronary Specialties and Receives Mission: Lifeline Recognition by American Heart Association

(Englewood, Colorado) Swedish Medical Center
has been reaccredited by The Joint Commission for Cardiovascular Services and continues to be the only hospital in the state with accreditations in Advanced Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Bypass and Coronary Artery Disease. They have also received Mission: Lifeline Gold Level status recognition by the American Heart Association for the second year in a row. jointcommissionseal

“This achievement acknowledges the exceptional care our Cardiology team provides patients in the Denvermetro
area and beyond,” said Mary M. White, President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. “Their dedication to quality healthcare deserves to be recognized.”

The Heart Center at Swedish Medical Center offers
comprehensive cardiac care for patients through
coordination of EMS responders, the Emergency
Department, and an experienced team of healthcare
professionals who ensure patients receive appropriate
and timely care for their condition.

“The Cardiovascular Services Team has worked hard
to provide the community with a comprehensive
program from chest pain to heart attacks to open
heart surgery and chronic illness such as heart failure.
We strive to provide the best possible experience
for our patients based on national standards,” says
Associate Chief Nursing Officer and Cardiac Services
Director Paula Grassmick.

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Hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association for the Mission: Lifeline Gold award have demonstrated their ability to provide cardiac care at the highest level for patients with STEMI type heart attacks, the most life threatening heart attack, for at least two years. At a Gold Level hospital, all heart attack patients have rapid access, skillful and timely intervention and the highest level of on-going heart care treatment following the latest American Heart Association guidelines. Swedish’s median door-to-balloon times for cardiac alert patients are among the best in the region.

“This achievement is validation of the innovative care that we offer here at Swedish. Our cardiac team has worked very hard to bring the best care to our patients and The Joint Commission and AHA have seen that expertise and chosen to recognize us for it,” says Deborah O’Neill, Cardiovascular Nurse Practitioner.

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About Swedish Medical Center (www.SwedishHospital.com)
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Joint-Commission-accredited Stroke, Cardiology and Cancer Center. Swedish has the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters.
An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

 

Swedish Medical Center Awarded Oncology Certification by the Joint Commission

Denver-area Hospital First in State to Achieve “Gold Seal” in Pancreatic and Lung Cancer Care

(Englewood, CO) Swedish Medical Center is the first Colorado hospital to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for certification in Pancreatic and Lung Cancer Care. As the third medical center in the country to achieve this award for pancreatic cancer care and the fifth in the country to achieve this award for lung cancer care, this certification recognizes dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for quality health care.

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“This achievement acknowledges the exemplary care we provide to the patients of Colorado and the surrounding region,” said Mary M. White, President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. “Our Oncology team deserves to be recognized for their outstanding dedication to quality care.”

In February, Swedish underwent a rigorous on-site survey by The Joint Commission that evaluated compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management. The Joint Commission is a prestigious national medical accreditation organization that accredits more than 20,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

Swedish’s Pancreatic Cancer Services are offered as a part of the Center for Diseases of the Liver and Pancreas. As a leader in services offered in Colorado, the center has dedicated physicians and staff committed to comprehensive care and treatment to all pancreatic cancer patients. They provide the most advanced treatments and compassionate care to ensure that all of their patients achieve the best possible outcome.

“This achievement recognizes the commitment to best practice and outcomes by physicians, nursing staff, and hospital. It confirms that the Center for Diseases of the Liver and Pancreas has established itself as the leading institution for cancer treatment in the region,” says Eric Kortz, M.D.

The Lung Cancer Care program’s diverse team of specialists, advanced resources and full continuum of lung cancer care are important qualities that have helped them earn the trust and confidence of their patients and referring physicians. Patients are able to work directly with staff to coordinate and manage their treatments allowing them to devote more time and energy to achieve restoration in their health.

Both pancreatic and lung cancer patients benefit from having personal one on-one care from the entire staff. Patients have full access to nurse navigators, multidisciplinary care conferences, state-of-the-art equipment and expert clinical care.

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About Swedish Medical Center (www.SwedishHospital.com)
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Joint-Commission-accredited Stroke, Cardiology and Cancer Center. Swedish has the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

Swedish Medical Center Prepares for “Royal Birth”

Reigning Queen of Denver Radio Kathie J. Plans to Give Birth at Hospital Mid-July

(Englewood, CO) Move over, Kate Middleton. While the world
awaits your big day, Denver radio listeners have their ears clearly
tuned in to an upcoming arrival much closer to home: KS107.5’s
beloved morning show personality Kathie J. is expecting her own
little princess, and has selected Swedish Medical Center as her
preferred birthing center and healthcare facility for the big event.
“This is our first child,” said Kathie J. during a recent phone
interview. “My husband J.J. and I wanted the best possible
experience and care. Swedish Medical Center offers that and
more.”

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Swedish Medical Center, part of the HCA HealthONE Continental
Division, offers expectant parents and families state of the art
maternity and OB/GYN care. With a professional medical staff of
more than 100 perinatologists, obstetricians, specialized OB anesthesiologists, midwives, neonatologists, pediatricians, intensivists, expertly trained nurses and over 1,800 years of combined experience, it was the hospital of choice for 2,000 babies who were delivered there in 2012 alone. “Kathie J. is one of Denver’s favorite celebrities, and we’re pleased that she’s working with us during her pregnancy and birth,” said Mary M. White, President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center. “She’ll get the same level of compassionate care and medical expertise we offer all of our new moms and babies. We really do deliver!”

Kathie J. and her husband J.J. researched and visited other area hospitals before making the “go to” decision for Swedish Medical Center. “We were seeking a personal, human touch to bring our own little human into this world,” said Kathie J. “Other hospitals lacked that. Our questions and concerns weren’t addressed at all. During our morning radio show we may act like we know it all, but the reality is this: I don’t know what’s happening to my body during this pregnancy. Or why I feel like I’ve been shot in the left ovary. I’m tired all the time. I needed answers, and I found them with the extraordinary medical team at SMC.”

Departmental features include family attendance at birth, a full size bed for mom’s significant other, flexible visiting hours, room service, in-room massage, personalized instruction for newborn baby care through a comprehensive schedule of classes, free wi-fi internet access to share baby news with family and much more.

“We consider our listeners to be family, so there may be a microphone in the delivery room with me……But I made the right career choice in radio rather than rolling in a full TV camera crew!” said a laughing Kathie J. KS107.5’s morning show has an estimated 518,000 daily listeners, with nearly 43,000 Facebook page fans. And fan favorite Kathie J. promises to share her own special birthing journey with each of them every step of the way. She plans to be on-air up until her due date of July 16, sharing her aches, pains,
laughter and love for the Denver community every weekday morning from 5am – 10am.

 

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About Swedish Medical Center: http://www.swedishhospital.com/
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, is a Level 1 Trauma Center and Joint Commission-accredited Stroke, Cardiology and Cancer Center. Swedish has the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years.
Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

About Lincoln Financial Media and KS107.5: http://www.ks1075.com/morningshow/
Lincoln Financial Media Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, owns and operates radio stations in Atlanta, GA (WQXI-AM, WSTR-FM); Denver, CO (KEPN-AM, KKFN-FM, KQKS-FM, KRWZ-AM, KYGO-FM, KYGO HD2/103.1); Miami, FL (WAXYAM/ FM, WLYF-FM, WMXJ-FM); and San Diego, CA (KBZT-FM, KIFM-FM, KSON-FM, KSOQ-FM).

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First In Colorado to Perform Cutting-Edge Robotic Liver Procedure

(Englewood, Colorado)  Liver cancer patients in Colorado now have a highly specialized alternative when it comes to surgery. The Center for Diseases of Liver and Pancreas at Swedish Medical Center is the first in Colorado to offer them the option of robotic liver resections.

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“I feel as though this is a natural next step in the commitment as demonstrated by our Center for Diseases of the Liver and Pancreas.  We have a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of benign and malignant disorders of the liver and this stands as a great example of bringing new technology in the appropriate timing and circumstance for the benefit of the patient while maintaining adherence to best treatment guidelines and outcomes,” says surgeon Eric Kortz, M.D.

Kortz is currently the only surgeon in the state that uses the Da Vinci surgical robot to perform this procedure.

Liver resections remove part of the liver containing cancer. With the robot, the operating surgeon has complete control during surgery offering safety for the dissection through tissues. “Robotics offers an extension of the minimally invasive approach for liver resection to more of our patients than our standard laparoscopic procedures due to increased operative maneuverability and increased safety,” explains Kortz.

The procedure also offers patients significant advantages to postoperative pain and speed of recovery.   “The benefits of minimally invasive procedures reduce overall physiological stress on the patient during operation and recovery,” says Kortz, “I certainly feel that the future of liver resection will involve robotic decision making.”

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About Swedish Medical Center (www.SwedishHospital.com)
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, part of HealthONE, serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for Level 1 Trauma, neurotrauma and as the region’s only Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a recognized leader in the most advanced stroke care. Swedish offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters. An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

Swedish Medical Center named Comprehensive Stroke Center by Joint Commission

Denver-area Hospital is First and Only Credentialed Facility in Both State and Rocky Mountain Region

jointcommissionseal(Denver, CO) Swedish Medical Center has been named the first and only Comprehensive Stroke Center in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region by the Joint Commission, the prestigious national medical accreditation organization. This new level of certification recognizes the advanced technology, staff and training that comprehensive stroke centers must have to provide state-of-the-art complex stroke care.

“Colorado takes great pride in recognizing Swedish Hospital’s status as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, ” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. ” Efforts like these go a long way to giving Coloradans the best possible medical treatment and to making our state the healthiest in the country.”

The certification underscores the hospital’s long-standing commitment to health and wellness for citizens across the state, and throughout the region.

“Our new designation acknowledges the exemplary care we have provided to patients in Colorado and the region for years,” said Chris Fanale, M.D., Stroke Medical Director at Swedish Medical Center. “This is a true example of collaboration and innovation. We have the most outstanding team and technology this region has to offer.”

The 14th hospital in the country to achieve this certification, Swedish Medical Center was awarded this high-performance credential by the Joint Commission for its advanced integrative stroke team and outstanding patient outcomes. Simply stated, Swedish treats more strokes faster than anyone in the region.

“Our quality metrics at Swedish Medical Center have exceeded national benchmarks and consistently outperformed other area stroke programs,” said Mary M. White, President and CEO of Swedish Medical Center.

By the numbers, Swedish offers some very impressive statistics: Incoming stroke patients have a neurologist at their bedside in an average 4.8 minutes, compared to the national target of 20 minutes. Patients receive vital CT imaging within 14.6 minutes on average compared to the national goal of 25 minutes, and medically appropriate patients will receive IV t-PA within 40.8 minutes against the national goal of 60 minutes. The national average of ischemic stroke patients treated with IV t-PA is 5%, while Swedish treats 26%.

“Swedish was a pioneer in developing and providing comprehensive care through our stroke telemedicine program,” White added. “This innovation in healthcare has allowed us to provide exceptional care for the stroke patients in our community as well as throughout the 31 stroke telemedicine partner hospitals across the Rocky Mountain Region. Our certification is a result of the dedication and hard work of many who collaborate to offer this award-winning care.”

The Joint Commission recently developed the criteria for designating Disease-Specific Care Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers in collaboration with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The requirements are rigorous, officials say, and require additional technology, resources and expertise in comparison to other Primary Stroke Centers. This ranks Swedish Medical Center among the most well-known academic institutions across the country, including Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA; Stanford Hospital, Stanford, CA; Ronald Reagan UCLA, Los Angeles, CA; Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC.

“The Swedish neurosciences community is proud to have achieved designation as the first Comprehensive Stroke Center in Colorado,” said J. Paul Elliott, M.D., Neurosurgeon at Swedish Medical Center. “It reflects the long-standing commitment of Swedish nurses, physicians and administration to the provision of extraordinary care for our patients with complex neurological illness.”

The Comprehensive Stroke Center certification specifically looks at advanced endovascular procedures and technologies, the presence of a dedicated neuro-critical care unit and highly skilled staff, as well as proven patient outcomes that surpass national standards.

Comprehensive certification also requires that hospitals have the latest high-tech surgical equipment for complex aneurysm clipping and endovascular coiling techniques to find and remove clots. In fact, hospitals receiving the certification must perform at least 15 endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures per year. Centers must also hold dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds and maintain specific procedures for communicating with paramedic EMS teams. They must be capable of evaluating two or more stroke patients simultaneously and perform specific follow-up tasks after discharge. They also have a requirement to enroll patients in clinical trial stroke research, use a stroke registry, and have certain peer review processes. Swedish Medical Center enjoys a long standing partnership with the Colorado Neurological Institute to provide community education, patient navigation and research.

In addition to achieving the certification, Swedish Medical Center received the following accolades from the Joint Commission surveyors:

• Commitment to regional telemedicine site partners was a notable ‘best practice’

• Dedicated leadership of the Stroke Program

• Solid clinical foundations for care

• Program integration with AirLife, specialty trained air transport team for stroke patients

• The stroke peer review process at Swedish Medical Center was the ‘best they have ever seen’

• Stroke data collection methods were noted as a ‘best practice’

“This certification is a message to the community and surrounding region, patients and EMS providers that we are the place to go for acute stroke services,” said Don Frei, M.D., Interventional Neuro Radiologist at Swedish Medical Center.

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About Swedish Medical Center (www.SwedishHospital.com)
Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for neurotrauma and as the region’s only Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, a recognized leader in the most advanced stroke care. Swedish offers patients the highest quality care and the most advanced technologies and treatments in nearly every medical specialty and is an eight time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice Award and a Top 100 Hospital recognized by Reuters.

An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 100 years. Annually, Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 500 volunteers and more than 1,300 physicians.

 About The Joint Commission (www.jointcommission.org)
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.