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Caring for our youngest patients Swedish expands its Child Life program to the Issaquah campus.


hospital stay can be a frightening experience for anyone, units that raise awareness of children’s unique needs, and implebut for a child, the fast pace, bright lights, and unfamil- menting grief interventions as needed. In addition, they train iar sounds can be especially intimidating. To help our youngest and manage a volunteer staff to support programs such as Art patients feel more comfortable during a hospital visit, Swedish Therapy, Pet Therapy, and other activities. “The Issaquah campus services a significant population of has a team of Child Life Specialists at its First Hill campus who young families, and Swedish felt it was important to offer Child Life work to reduce the impact of stressful or traumatic events on inservices on the Eastside. We aim to provide the best pediatric care fants, children, youth and families. Now, thanks to a very generpossible at all ous leadership gift Swedish campuses from Sammamish and are excited to resident Mary have a full-time Pigott, this critiCCLS to help not cal service will be only children, but expanded to the their families navSwedish/Issaquah igate through their campus in early experience,” says 2012. Evi Feltus. Mary Certified Child Pigott’s generous Life Specialists gift will be used (CCLS) are trained to bring a permato provide emonent, experienced tional and psychoCertified Child logical support for Life Specialist to young patients who develop and impleare dealing with serment the program ious medical issues at the Issaquah in a hospital setting, campus. particularly in the “I was drawn surgical, inpatient, to this project and emergency because when a departments. To child is facing a accomplish this, a Child Life Specialists like Evi Feltus utilize age-appropriate techniques to reduce the impact of stressful challenging mediCCLS will supply pediatric patients or traumatic events on infants, children, youth and families. Here, she demonstrates how an oxygen mask cal issue, it’s hard works using a doll. on everybody: with age-approprimost especially on the young patient, but also the siblings, ate information about procedures, medical issues or events that parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents…everyone,” says Mary. the child or their family member is facing. “Considering how many young families live in the Issaquah “Our goal is to ease any negative psycho-social effects of Highlands and Sammamish communities, I believe the estabhospitalization on children and their families through preparation, lishment of a Child Life program is instrumental in allowing education and distraction,” says Evi Feltus, Certified Child Life Specialist. “We explain medical procedures and experiences Swedish to offer the very best care to its pediatric patients.” Community support is critical for the success of this program. through developmentally appropriate terms (including medical Certified Child Life Specialist services, while increasingly recogplay) and advocate for the family’s needs, which lessens anxiety. nized as a valuable tool for addressing children’s unique psychoThe hospital can be quite overwhelming and we aim to help social needs during treatment, are not covered by medical insurchildren build positive coping skills along with bringing some fun ance and cannot be billed to patients. Swedish is very grateful for into their stay with Art Buddies and Pet Partner teams.” Mary’s leadership gift in establishing the Child Life program at They also play an important role in interventions on behalf of Issaquah, helping to ensure a healthy, happy and positive experichildren, including acting as an advocate or serving as a liaison ence for our youngest patients. between families and medical staff, using developmental assessFor more information or to support the Child Life program ments to identify individual children’s fears or needs, providing at Swedish, please contact Ellen Kuo, director, major gifts, at non-pharmacological pain management (such as relaxation or (206) 386-6928 or i guided imagery), coordinating projects and events for the pediatric 4

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Swedish/ Edmonds now offering robotic-assisted surgery to its community Physicians from a variety of specialties are able to utilize this cutting-edge technology. Swedish-affiliated physicians utilize the da Vinci Si HD system robot, which provides surgeons with increased precision and helps improve patient recovery time. Click here to learn more about Swedish’s dynamic Robotic Surgery program, the advantages for patients, and the wide range of conditions that can be treated.


wedish is pleased to announce the than any other robotic-assisted surgical newest addition to its family of program in the region. latest-generation da Vinci Surgical Swedish-affiliated surgeons are using Systems, bringing the total to six the da Vinci Surgical System to perform robots across the nonprofit’s health-care minimally invasive urological, gynecosystem. The new robot, located at the logical and thoracic surgeries for diseases Swedish/Edmonds such as prostate cancampus, will provide cer, kidney cancer, surgeons with more uterine cancer, cerviprecision and dexterity cal cancer, ovarian over existing surgical cancer and lung canapproaches, helping cer, as well as to assist improve patient treatin complex gynement and reduce recologic reconstruccovery time. tion surgeries. They As one of the first are also utilizing the medical centers in the technology to perregion to perform roform bariatric, colobotic-assisted surgery, Swedish/Edmonds is home to the sixth da Vinci rectal, head and neck Swedish is home to the robot in the Swedish system. procedures, as well as fastest growing and most experienced pediatric urology cases. robotic-assisted surgical program in the At Swedish/Edmonds, surgeons are Pacific Northwest. Since the program was using the robotic-assisted system to perestablished in 2005, Swedish-affiliated form minimally invasive urological and surgeons have performed more than gynecological surgeries. Brian Fong, M.D., 4,000 procedures using the multi-spe- a Swedish-affiliated surgeon, performed cialty da Vinci Surgical System, more the first urology case at the Edmonds

campus in November 2011. “The staff at Swedish/Edmonds were well-prepared and effective,” says Dr. Fong, an experienced robotic-assisted surgeon from Western Washington Medical Group. “Because of the team’s abilities, the patient was discharged from the hospital the next day. He experienced minimal pain and made a quick recovery.” “We are pleased to expand Swedish’s network of da Vinci robotic-assisted technology to the south Snohomish County area and look forward to continuing to transform the surgical experience for both patients and surgeons alike,” says David Jaffe, chief executive, Swedish/Edmonds. “We are committed to bringing the most innovative and advanced medical technologies to our community. This is an excellent example of that commitment.” To learn more about how you can support the robotic surgery program at the Swedish/Edmonds campus, please contact Kate Purcell, director, major gifts at (206) 386-3194 or email i w w w. s w e d i s h f o u n d a t i o n . o r g


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