With just over one month remaining, it is with great excitement that we share with you the impact of The Campaign for Swedish. Over the past seven years, physicians, hospital staff, patients, families, and community members have shown Swedish Medical Center tremendous generosity, compassion and financial support. Over 50,000 individuals contributed to the Campaign, and in doing so guaranteed that Swedish will be able to continue to conduct pioneering research, educate the next generation of doctors and nurses, invest in innovative programs to maximize health outcomes, and provide the excellent patient care that Swedish has delivered for the past 103 years.

As the largest non-profit medical provider in the region, Swedish has a responsibility to our community to uphold the highest standards in medicine today. A core value at Swedish is to deliver the highest quality, most comprehensive care possible anywhere to each and every patient and family member who walks through our doors. By supporting The Campaign for Swedish, donors endorsed our commitment to the community and made numerous essential projects possible. Here we have highlighted just a few examples: 

Swedish Neuroscience Institute:
Thanks to $20.1 million in contributions, the Swedish Neuroscience Institute has created and expanded several state of the art programs. The Ben & Catherine Ivy Center for Advanced Brain Tumor Treatment is the first multidisciplinary treatment and research center in the region dedicated to the treatment of brain tumors. Innovative clinical trials in a new and modern research laboratory are also under way, with the goal of making the Ivy Center the place where brain tumor patients in the Pacific Northwest can receive the finest care anywhere in the world. 

Swedish has also added a new Multiple Sclerosis Center, which is now the largest in the country. In addition to expanded space for exam rooms and provider offices, the Center includes a gym filled with specialized equipment, wellness and education services, social work, rehabilitation therapy, psychology and research programs.

Swedish Cancer Institute:
Built entirely with philanthropic contributions, the True Family Women’s Cancer Center provides women with a single resource for all of the specialists, skills, tolls and support needed to guide them from early diagnosis through survivorship. It brings top specialists in women’s cancer care under one-roof to give women the best possible chance of beating cancer through access to expertise and advanced technologies. At the True Center, patients are offered a broad spectrum of care from prevention to survivorship, including genetic screening and counseling, access to social workers, mental health professionals and support groups, education and therapies that are all specifically designed for the complex needs of women diagnosed with cancer. Countless donors came together to make the True Center and other cancer related projects a reality, providing a more than $24 million to advance cancer care in our community.

Women and Infants:
$7.3 million designated to woman and infants programs supported many advances, including an expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. One in ten babies born at Swedish needs attention in the NICU, totaling 900 babies a year. Thanks to our generous campaign donors, we have increased our capacity to care for seriously ill newborns by 50%, guaranteeing better care for more families. In addition to the NICU expansion, Campaign funds have been used to support the Gossman Center for Simulation, the Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns, Pediatric Rehabilitation Therapy and numerous other projects which ensure we deliver the best care possible to our smallest patients.

Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute:
Thanks to generous support from the community, the Swedish Heart and Vascular Institute helped to establish a comprehensive Heart Failure Program. This new program ensures that the hospital can coordinate the resources, tools, nurses and physicians necessary to provide the best care possible to patients diagnosed with chronic heart failure. The Heart Failure Program provides a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure, as well as the management of associated symptoms. The program coordinates inpatient care, outpatient and emergency care, a heart failure research program and a full-spectrum of heart failure-related patient education and support services, all with great emphasis on the patient experience and achieving the best possible health outcomes.

In addition, the community has invested in the Rising Stars Research Program, which helps train the next generation of physicians treating cardiovascular disease while providing critical support for innovative research projects.

Swedish would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for making these tremendous changes possible. We feel honored to be part of such a philanthropically minded community and are deeply grateful for past and future gifts. There is still time to support The Campaign for Swedish and many important priorities like the few listed above. To learn more or to make a gift, please contact Randy Mann at randy.mann@swedish.org.

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