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 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).

Fighting Cancer with Faith: Stephanie’s Journey Continues

Stephanie-2“I beat it once, I’ll beat it again.”

Patient Stephanie Madsen describes her journey with battling cancer as not only a fight for her life but a story to share with others; a story to motivate, encourage and give hope to others in her shoes.  She speaks candidly about her ups and downs on her blog, www.derailingmydiagnosis.com.

Stephanie was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer of the cervix in early 2012. After having surgery and under-going an aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatment, she was told she was cancer-free. “I was super excited!” says Stephanie, “I thought, I can finally move on and start planning the future.”

Stephanie and her husband Matt discovered the treatments had left them unable to conceive, so they made the decision to consider adoption. In the midst of planning, Stephanie started having pain in her stomach. “I felt this hard lump on my left side,” she explains, “I knew something wasn’t right and I was praying my cancer wasn’t back.” Next she would receive news she’d hoped not to hear, doctors found a massive tumor the size of a soft-ball.  Not only was her cancer was back, she would have to undergo emergency surgery to remove it. “I took it a lot harder than the first time,” says Stephanie, “this time I knew what it was and I knew it wasn’t going away.”

Swedish gynecologic oncologist, Dr. Mary Jo Schmitz has seen Stephanie through her battle and performed her surgery. Stephanie says overall the surgery went well and the good news was the tumor hadn’t attached to any other organ and it was successfully removed from her body. “I was in the best hands and I had complete confidence in my doctor,” she explains.

Since surgery, Stephanie has been put back on a treatment plan. She will have chemotherapy once a week for six weeks. “It’s a constant battle, but I’m confident that I will be cured again. I believe my story can help a lot of people, I truly believe I wouldn’t be able to fully understand cancer if I didn’t have this recurrence. I’m a fighter and I’m not giving up.”

If you would like to follow Stephanie’s journey, check out her blog at http://www.derailingmydiagnosis.com.

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Cancer is a term used to describe over 100 different diseases, all of which begin when a normal cell mutates and replicates out of control. These mutated cells are then able to keep growing and travel to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. In the United States, the most common cancers affecting women is breast cancer. In fact, one in every eight women is predicted to develop the disease in her lifetime, according to the  National Center for Biotechnology Information. Fortunately, as medical knowledge and technology improve, more and more women are defeating the disease and becoming cancer survivors.

 

Breast cancer is treatable. Even though one out of every eight women will develop the disease, the risk of dying from breast cancer is much lower: only one in 28. To give yourself the best chance of defeating this deadly disease, it is vital that you follow your doctor’s recommendations for mammography screening and breast self-exams. Doing so will help to ensure that you catch any malignant breast abnormalities early, while the cancer is most treatable.

You may be at risk. All women are at risk for breast cancer, especially as they grow older. There are some factors, however, that can put you at an increased risk:

  • A family history of breast cancer.
  • Excessive alcohol use.
  • Possession of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.
  • Early start or late end of menstrual cycles.
  • Never having children.

“Having a strong family history of breast cancer or carrying the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations significantly increases the risk of breast cancer. However, these are very small populations of the patients with breast cancer,” explains Swedish Oncologist Dr. Robin Kovachy.

If you think that you may be at risk for breast cancer, speak with your doctor about your possible risk factors and recommended screening schedule. At Swedish Medical Center in Denver, our breast care specialists offer some of the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available. For patients who have recently received a breast cancer diagnosis, our multidisciplinary team strives to formulate the best possible treatment plan. Call our hospital in Denver today at (303) 788-5000 to learn more about our comprehensive healthcare services.

How to Recognize Women’s Heart Attack Symptoms

It It is important to be able to recognize when you or someone near you is having a heart attack—this knowledge can even save a life. Learn how to recognize heart attack symptoms in women by watching this clip.

Women’s heart attack symptoms are a bit more subtle than men’s—the squeezing chest pains that many people expect from a heart attack may not be present. Shortness of breath, jaw pain, back pain, tingling, and flu-like symptoms may be present in women.

Call Denver’s Swedish Medical Center today at (303) 788-5000 to learn more about women’s healthcare. As a Level I Trauma Center, we are highly committed to providing the utmost of care to each and every patient who walks through our hospital doors.

About Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer occurs when malignant, cancerous cells develop in the breast. Although all women are at risk for this disease, there are certain lifestyle decisions that can increase, or reduce, a woman’s risk.

By watching this video, you can learn more about what affects breast cancer development and what is unlikely to change a woman’s risk. The hosts in the clip also discuss the importance of regular mammograms and other potential screening processes that can help to detect the disease at its earliest stages.

Swedish Medical Center is proud to provide the women of the Denver community with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available for breast cancer. The Swedish Breast Care Program is designed to help you understand the medical system so that treatment is easy for you to access and options are fully explained. Your care involves oncologists, surgeons, radiologists and many other medical disciplines. Our approach is to coordinate all of these services, referrals and therapies for you so that you can focus on your most important task — restoring your health. We are here for you.

To learn more about your risk, contact the staff of Swedish Medical Center today at (303) 788-5000.

 

Fighting Cancer with Faith

“I can’t imagine not having my faith in a situation like this.”

At twenty-five years old, Stephanie Madsen thought she had her entire future planned out.  Newly married she wanted to move to a new city, buy a new house and start a family with her husband Matt. Life seemed to be perfect for Stephanie until one day her list of dreams quickly turned into a battle plan to fight cancer. “It was so tough, I felt like we had lost our freedom to plan our lives,” says Stephanie.

Earlier this year, Stephanie was diagnosed with large-cell neuroendocrine cancer of the cervix. “I had been trying to find out what was wrong with my body for almost a year and although I received bad news I was relieved to know what was finally wrong with me,” she explains. Not only would Stephanie have to endure a very long and aggressive chemotherapy/radiation treatment but she would also have to have a hysterectomy. “Hearing I had cancer was tough but hearing that I was going to have a hysterectomy at twenty-five was even tougher,” she explains. “We hope surrogacy can be an option for us one day but we’ve talked about adoption before and now that it’s a choice we might have to make, we’ve accepted it,” she says.

One wouldn’t expect to be embraced by smiles, hugs or laughs when speaking with Stephanie but she says her faith is what keeps her going. “I can’t imagine not having my faith in a situation like this. God is my rock and I know when I’m weak, he’ll be my strength. I just had to take my diagnosis and turn it into something positive. I thought ok, my sole purpose right now is to fight this cancer and be as strong of a solider as I can be. I’m a Christian and God will get me through this!”

Stephanie is currently under-going both chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Rocky Mountain Gynecologic Oncology here at Swedish Medical Center. “I love it here. The nurses and doctors really get to know you and develop a true friendship with you. For me during this experience to come into treatment and know who you’re going to be seeing and know that they truly care is so comforting,” says Stephanie. “Our patients are like family to us. We want every patient to feel as comfortable as possible as they go through treatment. It’s our duty to make sure that happens,” explains Dr. Mary Jo Schmitz.

If she’s not making new friends with other patients she’s updating the latest entry on her blog; her way to inspire others battling cancer (www.derailingmydiagnosis.com). “Cancer for me was really taboo. I never knew the details of it. I wanted people to lose the taboo with cancer so my blog is a way to open that door. I like to write about things like losing my hair! I was a hairstylist and I knew I was going to lose my hair so I shaved it off before it could fall out. It was so liberating and helped me take back control of this cancer,” says Stephanie.

After treatment Stephanie plans on vacationing with her husband in Hawaii! Her one piece of advice to others in treatment; “stay strong, it’s a battle and it’s gonna get hard but you can handle it, you will soon learn just how strong you are!”

To continue following Stephanie’s journey check out her blog at www.derailingmydiagnosis.com

Home Away from Home

“I was never worried! I knew I’d be taken care of and taken care of well.”

Jennifer Keep never expected that a routine visit to the doctor would entirely change the next six weeks of her life. Jennifer was pregnant with her second child and for the most part her pregnancy was going well. She prepared to have a natural birth by mid-wife as she did with her first child and was expecting to hit her due date with no interruptions. However, that day at the doctor’s office changed everything in her plans.

During her visit, doctors found that she was suffering from placenta previa, a complication that puts a pregnant woman at high-risk for bleeding. “I was pretty scared because I didn’t know what could happen,” says Jennifer.  With such a complication Jennifer was also told that she’d have to stay at the hospital on bed-rest until her baby was born. “I had to figure out what to do with work, it was really hard for my family,” explains Jennifer.

 

As life quickly turned upside down in a matter of minutes, she says the staff at Swedish was prepared to make the transition as smooth as possible. “I didn’t have to worry about a thing!  They took great care of me,” she explains.  Jennifer quickly became a “resident” at Swedish as she would describe it and settled into her new home away from home. “It was a lot like being at home but better! I didn’t have to worry about my next meal, I didn’t have to worry about my care, it was great,” she says. “I was always taken care of.”

 

Jennifer was monitored three times a day for an hour at a time. “I got to know all the nurses quite well,” she explains. “They embraced me like family. I could walk around the unit a little at a time and I also got the chance to make friends with other expecting mothers in my unit. It was nice to have others to talk too.”

 

After several weeks into her stay at Swedish, baby Audrey was born by c-section on February 26th weighing in at 4lbs. 13oz. a month a half earlier than expected. “Everybody was so well trained. My delivery went really well,” says Jennifer. Audrey stayed in the NICU for several days and Jennifer says the care for her daughter was an even bigger comfort during her stay. “They were great with Audrey, I felt I could leave at any point and she would always be in good hands.”

 

Jennifer couldn’t be more thankful to have had such a great staff of medical professionals by her bedside day in and day out. “I just came, stayed a while and had a baby. I would recommend Swedish to anyone! It’s such a good hospital. They have a plan for everything; my care here was absolutely wonderful!”