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Your Gifts At Work


Stroke Telemedicine Brings Life-saving Expertise to Rural Communities

The Swedish Stroke Telemedicine Program, which was created with donor funds contributed to Swedish Medical Center Foundation, has shown steady growth since its founding. This electronic network now links stroke experts at the Swedish Stoke Program with Swedish’s other Emergency Departments as well as working in places like Mount Vernon, Port Townsend, Chelan and Wenatchee all communities that would otherwise be underserved by neurological care.

 


Gifts Support the Greatest Needs at Swedish

Generous unrestricted gift to Swedish, have supported over 90 projects throughout the institution. Here are some examples of how your gifts were used:

  • Swedish Liver Program Clinic purchased a portable Ultrasound machine
  • Swedish Cancer Institute purchased an imaging phantom and the associated software package to quantitatively analyze the quality of the images from each of the portal imaging devices
  • Perinatal Studies received support to conduct a pilot study of 150 pregnant and non-pregnant women from Swedish to perform ultrasounds and to collect biological specimens and other relevant medical information
  • Pediatric Heart Program purchased video conferencing equipment as part of our link to pediatric providers with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma and OHSU

 


Cancer Education Podcasts

Swedish Cancer Institute's educational series of podcasts were made possible by philanthropy. Patients and family members can download podcasts to learn more about cancer treatment and services to support cancer patients during treatment.


The Healing Impact of Art

Many articles have been published documenting research showing that works of art can contribute to a healing environment in hospitals. The Swedish Art Collection has almost 2000 works, including pieces from many emerging and accomplished artists from the Pacific Northwest and other places in the Pacific Rim. Recently, a piece was donated by artist Judith La Scola, a breast cancer patient, in gratitude for her wonderful care at SCI.


Care for the Uninsured

Swedish is creating a comprehensive program for the uninsured and underinsured patients in King County with the merger of the Mother Joseph and Glaser clinics. Donor funds are providing this new clinic with equipment, educational tools and needed clinical items.