In the weeks and months that follow, I hope to keep you informed and inspired about how your support of The Campaign for Swedish is making a profound difference in the lives of our patients. In doing so, I hope you will come to appreciate why I think I have the best job in the world. What could be better than working with a group of generous, philanthropically minded people who are eager to promote quality healthcare, help others and share their good fortune in a way that has an immediate and direct impact on our community’s health?Subscribe

$1M in Campaign Support Helps Complete Innovative New Operating Room

Many of the 550 cardiac and vascular surgeries performed each year at the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute are complex procedures that require the skills of more than one physician to resolve a myriad of issues in very short order. Approximately $1,000,000 in support from The Campaign for Swedish helped complete a new cardiovascular hybrid operating room that will provide life-saving outcomes for some of our most vulnerable patients.

The new, 1,200 square foot John J. & Katherine A. Harnish Cardiovascular Hybrid Operating Room opened in November at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus. It is named for the couple who contributed the lead gift that made it possible for Swedish to complete this important project.

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Brain Surgeon for a Day

More than 25 people gathered at the Swedish Cherry Hill campus on Friday, August 24 to take part in a unique experience hosted by Dr. Greg Foltz, director of the Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute.

The first annual “Brain Surgeon for a Day” provided the opportunity for members of our community to be a brain surgeon for a few hours. The participants, who ranged in age from teenage students to retirees, were selected at random from a drawing that was promoted online and in the local media.

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Overwhelming Response from the Community Helps The Campaign for Swedish Reach Initial $100,000,000 Goal

The average gift amount to The Campaign for Swedish was $350. That’s right, $350.

And thanks to the 50,000+ community members who have made gifts to help improve the health and well-being of our region, I am proud to report that The Campaign for Swedish has reached its initial $100,000,000 fundraising goal. On behalf of the 2,000,000 patients who have benefited, thank you.

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Celebrating Loyalty: Swedish Foundation Announces the Turner Society to Honor Long-time Donors

Named for Ned and Joyce Turner, whose extraordinary commitment to Swedish spans more than 40 years.

When Ned Turner walked into the first day of freshman English at the University of Washington, he didn’t know he would be meeting his future wife. As the professor arranged the students in alphabetical order, luck would have it that Joyce (then Tye) was placed right beside Ned. That chance encounter would lead to a 56-year marriage.

Joyce learned of the Turner Family affinity and loyalty to Swedish early on, and when it was time to have children, there was no question where they would be born. Ned’s grandfather was one of the original eleven Swedes who started Swedish Medical Center, and like his father and grandfather, Ned served on the hospital’s Board. His board term spanned 40 years. “It’s a family business, but we didn’t get paid,” smiled Ned.

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New life-saving procedure made possible by Campaign Gifts:

Generous support of the Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute (SHVI) through The Campaign for Swedish helped Swedish become one of few sites in the country to utilize a life-saving new therapy for very ill patients this spring.

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Improving Care through Simulation: The Gossman Center for Advanced Healthcare Simulation

When the Gossman Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Simulation first opened its doors in 2008, its focus was on advancing the skills of professionals within Swedish’s pediatrics and obstetrics programs. Now, three years later, the Center has garnered an impressive track record for fostering better communication and increased collaboration, among medical teams as well as improved patient outcomes. With the increasing need for simulation training for health-care professionals, the Gossman Center has expanded its design and operations to include an array of training programs for other specialties, including anesthesiology, surgery, and emergency medicine.

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You Light Up My Life

Swedish is proud to be part of a unique partnership with glassybaby, a local company which makes handmade glass candle holders and votives, and the Seattle Sounders Women soccer team.

This partnership officially launched on May 31st at the Seattle Sounders Women’s first game of the season at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. In a pre-game ceremony, members of the Seattle Sounders Women team presented a light green glassybaby, a color glassybaby named “grass,” to a group of people who have been affected by cancer. This color, which reflects new, spring grass, resembles the Sounders’ color “rave green.”

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The New MS Center at Swedish Marks an Important Milestone for the MS Community

April 9 marked the opening of the new Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Center at Swedish, a historic milestone for Swedish Medical Center and the Puget Sound MS community. The MS Center at Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive facility of its kind on the west coast and one of only a handful in the country. Take a virtual tour.

This center is the result of a shared effort between Swedish and the patient community that has been pushing for this kind of resource for nearly two decades. Outstanding philanthropic support has played a critical role in allowing Swedish to deliver a benchmark program that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible in today’s health care environment. More than $3.36 million in generous community support has been secured for the MS Center to date, including $642,500 raised for the project at Celebrate Swedish on May 12. Philanthropy continues to play an essential role in bringing the vision of a truly comprehensive MS center to life.

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"Stretch” Your Gift to Swedish through GiveBIG!

As you may have heard, GiveBIG is on Wednesday May 2, and is a community-wide day of giving that will increase the size of your donation to the Swedish Medical Center Foundation. The goal of the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG event is to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who make our region a healthier and more vital place to live. Last year during GiveBIG, $4.1 million was raised to support over 900 nonprofits in our community. We plan to be a part of this success again in 2012!

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Swedish Medical Center Foundation enjoys fifth consecutive record-setting year

I have been remiss in keeping up with the Campaign blog, but for good reason: Year-end for a fundraiser is usually the busiest time of the year. The final two months of the year are often a flurry of activity—the Foundation team is busy proactively closing as many new gifts as possible while also responding to donors who are trying to make last-minute, tax-advantaged contributions before the December 31st deadline. This year saw an unprecedented level of giving during the final 61 days of the year….more than $7.5 million in new cash and pledges were received between November 1st and December 31st.

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