Family keeps up the fight against ‘silent killer,’ cystic fibrosis

November 29, 2011

Molly Hamilton

Erin Hamilton remembers the day “life stopped.” She was on Exit 13, on her way home from Seattle Children’s, her 10-day old daughter strapped snuggly in her car seat, her husband by her side.

“Molly has cystic fibrosis,” the doctor told her.

Hamilton doesn’t remember much after that.

“Those two words were like hearing a death sentence,” she said.

That moment was the beginning of a journey full of tears, pain and frustration, as Hamilton and her husband Bill sought to educate themselves and those around them about a disease little understood, but one where significant advancements have been occurring to extend the life of those afflicted.

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Issaquah Soccer Club raises $3,500 for Seattle Children’s

November 21, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011

Issaquah Soccer Club members donated $3,500 to Seattle Children’s to honor a player treated at the hospital and to help other children.

Soon after Gabriel Uribe turned 3, doctors diagnosed him with a severe form of epilepsy. Gabriel, barely able to walk or talk, Gabriel suffered more than 1,000 epileptic seizures per day during the worst period. Doctors told his parents he had only a 50 percent chance of surviving to adulthood, until he started treatment at Seattle Children’s.

Nowadays, Gabriel is a healthy 10-year-old and a member of the Issaquah Soccer Club’s Gunners premier squad.

Gabriel accompanied Issaquah Soccer Club President and Bret Knutson and Jimmy Ball, director of coaching, to present the $3,500 check to Seattle Children’s.

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Swedish/Issaquah adds 80 patient beds, services

October 25, 2011

Swedish/Issaquah physicians plan to start delivering babies and performing more complicated surgeries Nov. 1, as the hospital rolls out additional services and opens 80 patient beds on the $365 million campus.

The change adds expectant mothers and intensive care unit patients to the bustling hospital months after physicians started offering routine checkups, outpatient surgical procedures and numerous other services.

The additions also mean emergency responders can transport more patients to the Swedish/Issaquah emergency room — and cut the time ambulances spend on the road to and from other Eastside and Seattle hospitals.

“It rounds out the rest of the services and makes it a fully functioning community hospital,” Kevin Brown, Swedish Medical Center senior vice president and chief administrative officer, said as the opening neared. “We’ve been doing basically everything — except if you needed to stay overnight — until this point.”

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Spot Salmon Days’ Roving Fish Fan for prizes

October 1, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 1, 2011

Find the Roving Fish Fan at the Salmon Days Festival to reel in prizes from the pun-happy festival’s ohfishal spawnsors.

Spot the Roving Fish Fan at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday.

If you find the Roving Fish Fan first at the different locations at the festival, he or she then tells you a booth number or offers you a business card to claim a prize.

Find real-time clues to find the Roving Fish Fan on Twitter. Use the hashtag #FishFan to track him or her, find out what he or she is wearing, and learn secret words to become a winner. Find clues on Facebook, too.

Use the hashtag #SalmonDays to join the festival on Twitter.

Roving Fish Fan prizes include $100 gift certificates to Virginia Mason Medical Center’s MediSpa, plus prizes from BECU, Swedish/Issaquah, Orthopedic Physician Associates, CleanScapes, Overlake Hospital Medical Center, Coldwell Banker Bain and Seattle Children’s.

Therapies help pachygyria sufferers

July 19, 2011

Pachygyria is a neuronal migration disorder that results in too few gyri, or folds in the brain, according to Seattle Children’s pediatric neurologist Alexander Paciorkowski.

Isolated pachygyria means that only one part of the brain is affected; extensive pachygyria signifies that most of the brain is absent of gyri. The condition is closely related to lissencephaly, a term used to describe the condition of a brain that is completely smooth.

Pachygyria is classified as a rare condition. Neurologists and geneticists consider rare conditions to arise in less than 1 in 2,000 people. Though in most cases it is genetic, sometimes pachygyria can be caused by infection early in a pregnancy.

During fetal development, neurons must migrate from their place of origin deep inside the brain to their proper neural circuits near the brain’s surface. Neuronal migration, which can occur as early as the second month of gestation, is controlled by chemical signals. Neurons that settle outside of their designated locations cause the brain to develop structural abnormalities.

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Engagement: Lambert, Speight

July 19, 2011

Daryl Lambert and Amy Speight

Daryl Lambert and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert, of Redmond, announce the engagement of their son, Craig Lambert, to Amy Speight, of Mukilteo.

Speight, the daughter of Shannon and Rachel Speight, of Freeland, is a graduate of the Intercollegiate College of Nursing and works as a pediatric oncology nurse at Seattle Children’s.

Craig Lambert is a graduate of Redmond High School and a 2004 graduate of Washington State University. He is a Kappa Sigma alumnus with a degree in construction management. He works for The Boeing Co. in Everett.

The couple plans to wed in March 2012 and make their home in Mukilteo.

Swedish emergency room services to relocate July 14

July 12, 2011

Swedish Medical Center administrators and physicians plan to transfer emergency room services from the standalone facility near Lake Sammamish to Swedish/Issaquah early July 14.

The relocation is poised to unfold in a careful choreography as the initial phase of the hospital opens to patients. Dispatchers plan to direct ambulances to the hospital ER in the Issaquah Highlands starting at midnight.

“We’re doing this transition in the middle of the night because that is our lull point. Typically, the lowest census in any emergency department is that kind of 3-4 a.m. range,” said Dr. John Milne, a Swedish emergency physician and Issaquah resident. “Most sane people are asleep.”

The portion of the hospital for inpatients does not come online until November.

Jeff Griffin, Eastside Fire & Rescue deputy chief of operations, said agency administrators continue to update ambulance crews about the change. EFR emergency crews also toured the Swedish/Issaquah ER to prepare for the transition.

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Childbirth center offers ‘welcoming, homelike atmosphere’

July 5, 2011

Little fingers and little toes will soon be a common sight at Swedish/Issaquah hospital.

The new childbirth center will have eight labor, delivery and recovery rooms, each with its own Jacuzzi and foldout couch for napping partners.

Two operating rooms are available in the labor, delivery and recovery section in case the mother needs a Caesarean section.

Once a baby is born, the mother and infant will be taken across the window-filled hallway to the postpartum unit, where she and her partner will learn about baby behavior, such as feeding cues, and have the opportunity to ask nurses questions about the newest member of the family.

Having a childbirth center is integral to any hospital, according to Penny Simkin, physical therapist, doula, Seattle childbirth educator and author.

“I think that from a business point of view it makes a lot of sense for a hospital to have a birthing center,” Simkin said. “It’s the first association that healthy young people have with a hospital when they’re giving birth, and if it’s a positive experience they’ll go back there in other realms.”

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Buy (nearly) all you need at Goodwill for a year

May 31, 2011

Beautiful Existence, with her son Epic, is trying to buy almost everything she uses from Goodwill for a year. Contributed

A local resident has taken up a unique challenge this year: to shop only at Goodwill for everything she needs — except for things like food, hygiene items and prescriptions.

Beautiful Existence is what she calls herself, a representation of her life and dedication to humanity design, according to her blog. Her motivation for the challenge came from a childhood of shopping at thrift stores and learning to live in an environmentally friendly way. She grew up on a farm in Olympia, where she says her parents taught her the importance of conservation and living frugally.

“I was actually in a thrift store with my mom last year and I thought, ‘OK, all these people do all these challenges. I wonder if I could buy from a thrift store all year?’” she said.

She started her blog and garnered some unexpected media attention, boosting her followers from 75 to 200-plus followers a day, most of whom leave comments on the site thanking her for the inspiration.

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Gold Star

April 19, 2011

Students raise funds for Seattle Children’s

Kim Bussing and Kaileen Dougherty

For the past three years, two Issaquah High School juniors, Kim Bussing and Kaileen Dougherty, have raised funds for Seattle Children’s, collecting about $3,000.

The duo raised money this year by selling concessions at Destination Imagination, an annual education event where children competed in science, drama and other creative contests March 5 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

This year, the girls raised more than $1,000.

“Both Kaileen and I are very passionate about supporting our community, and both of us had health scares after we were born,” Bussing said. “We want to be able to give back to Seattle Children’s and also be able to help give other children the chances we’ve been able to have.”

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