Topic: Swedish Medical Center
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October 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM
For the second day in a row, a woman has gone into labor on northbound Interstate 5 in the Seattle area during the morning commute.
The commute was slowed just after 8 a.m. while medics tended to a 33-year-old woman on I-5 at Albro Place, said State Patrol Trooper Chris Webb.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen it two times in two days,” said Webb.
Seattle Fire Department medics took the woman to Swedish Medical Center in time to have her baby, her fourth.
On Wednesday, another medic crew raced another mother from I-5 to Swedish while she was also in the advanced stages of labor.
In that case, the 22-year-old woman made it to the hospital in time to have her baby, according to the Tukwila Fire Department.
October 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The 22-year-old woman was in intense labor on her way to Swedish Medical Center when medics were alerted at 7:47 a.m. , said Tukwila Fire Department Battalion Chief Lavern Peterson. A unit from Tri-Med Ambulance and a Tukwila fire crew assisted with getting the woman to the hospital.
Peterson said the woman made it to Swedish in time to have her baby.
The State Patrol had reported earlier that the woman delivered the baby on I-5 and that the mother and child were taken to Harborview Medical Center.
September 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM
UPDATE: 9:30 p.m. | Police are now saying the 80-year-old North Bend man who died after a collision on Interstate 90 was driving the vehicle that swerved to miss a cooler in the road.
This contradicts an earlier report that the man had been hit when another car swerved into his lane to avoid the cooler and hit him. The man who died was driving a red pickup and was struck by a Chevy Suburban, State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb tweeted.
ORIGINAL POST | An 80-year-old North Bend man died after his vehicle was sideswiped on Interstate 90 near North Bend on Friday afternoon, according to the State Patrol.
The crash happened when another car swerved into his lane to avoid a cooler that had fallen off a boat into the roadway, State Patrol spokesman Chris Webb tweeted.
The two cars stopped in the median, and first responders performed CPR on the man, then took him to Swedish Medical Center in Issaquah, where he died.
Webb said the man’s vehicle didn’t show any major damage, and it was unclear what caused his death. That will be determined by a medical examiner’s investigation, Webb said.
April 23, 2013 at 8:02 PM
A woman impersonating a nurse is still at large after trying to steal pain medication from at least three patients’ rooms at Swedish Medical Center on Broadway in Seattle this month.
The Seattle Police Department says the woman entered patients’ bedrooms as if she were a member of the hospital staff checking patient-administered pain-medication machines. The white woman, described as being in her 30s or 40s with shoulder-length blonde hair wore clothes similar to nurse’s scrubs — a blue blouse, black pants and shiny black shoes.
In the first theft, the woman entered a room at about 10:40 a.m. on April 13, according to police. The patient in the room asked what she was doing because he didn’t recognize her. As she left, she told him she would get his real nurse. When the real nurse did come in, she noticed the victim’s pain medication line had been cut and that the medication was dripping on the floor. The medication machine also had marks from where the suspect pried it open.
Shortly after that, a similar suspect was reported on another floor looking into patients’ rooms. When a member of the hospital staff asked what she was doing, the suspect told her she was checking the pain medication machines, according to police.
The suspect was then bold enough, police said, to enter yet another patient’s room while family was visiting. But this time, as she fiddled with the machine, an alarm went off and she left. A family member told police they could see blood dripping on the floor and that the line to the pain medication machine had been cut.
By the time the suspect left, she had taken about 2 feet of tubing from the pain medication machines and possibly some pain medication left inside them.
Though the incidents reportedly occurred April 13, the Seattle Police Department says it was not contacted about the incidents until April 17.
Swedish spokesman Ed Boyle said Swedish clinical and security staff are investigating the incident, including the delay in reporting to police. In a statement, the hospital said no harm came to any Swedish patients, and it has provided surveillance photos to police in hopes of identifying the suspect.
“We take the safety and security of our patients very, very seriously,” Boyle said. Every such incident is an opportunity for the hospital to improve procedures, he said.
It has already cautioned staff to look for unfamiliar people in their units and question them, he said.
“We have very well defined, strict protocols in place,” said Boyle, who added it’s not yet clear why the incident was not immediately reported to police.
“We haven’t completed that part of our investigation yet,” he said. “That will be thoroughly looked at and (protocols) will be more sound than they are already.”
Below is a surveillance video provided by Seattle police.
April 1, 2013 at 11:03 AM
From Seattle Times health reporter Carol M. Ostrom:
Kevin Brown, CEO of Swedish Medical Center for just over a year, is leaving to take a new position as CEO of Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta.
Swedish has named Marcel Loh, who oversees Swedish’s suburban hospitals and community hospital affiliations, as interim chief executive effective today.
Brown, who has been with Swedish since 2000, took over for Dr. Rod Hochman, who moved over to the larger Providence Health & Services system, which affiliated with Swedish in 2012. Hochman is now CEO of Providence, effective today.
Piedmont includes five hospitals and more than 100 outpatient centers, primary care and specialty physician practices.
Before assuming the role of CEO at Swedish, Brown was chief strategic officer, with responsbility for the ambulatory care divisions in Lake Sammamish, Redmond and Mill Creek, as well as Swedish’s hospitals in Ballard and Issaquah.
November 1, 2012 at 10:24 AM
A police search of Seattle’s Swedish Medical Center/Cherry Hill failed to turn up a sign of a gunman who was reported earlier in the parking lot.
A man called Seattle police just after 9:30 a.m. and reported seeing a man carrying a rifle in the hospital parking garage at 16th Avenue and Jefferson Street.
Police have only received one report about the armed man, but patrol officers and SWAT searched the parking lot and hospital.
Police sounded the all-clear just after 11 a.m. after finding no sign of an armed man.
June 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM
Legendary Northwest radio personality Pat O’Day came through surgery successfully this afternoon for removal of a meningioma, a benign tumor that was pressing against his brain, says his wife, Stephanie Johnson O’Day.
“The doctor (Dr. Gregory Foltz, director of the Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute) came up, had a big smile on his face, and said, ‘We got it all. It’ll never come back.’ ”
The wife says that Foltz explained the tumor had been growing slowly for 30 to 40 years, starting out the size of a pea and eventually ending up the size of an egg that then began causing the various symptoms exhibited by O’Day.
Pat O’Day, 77, will be recuperating at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle for three to five days, says his wife.
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