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Providence Has Lost Its Way

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Swedish Surgery Scandal
Swedish Surgery Scandal
“…the aggressive pursuit of more patients, more surgeries and more dollars has undermined Providence’s values – rooted in the nonprofit’s founding as a humble home where nuns served the poor – and placed patient care in jeopardy.” – Seattle Times February 10, 20176

Swedish Medical Center in Seattle was the center of a scandal in which neurosurgeons were receiving financial incentives to dramatically increase the number of brain and spine surgeries to dangerous levels, including double-booking surgeries. The Seattle Times reported that these hazardous and unsafe practices led to severe, painful complications for many patients and the death of a young woman.7

Investigations by the FBI, Department of Health and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) led to the resignations of the chief neurosurgeon and the CEO of Swedish8.

Providence executives do not seem to have learned from this experience, and recently they announced cuts to 540 crucial staff, including in the neurosurgery department.9

Investigators find ‘numerous’ issues related to patient safety at Swedish’s Cherry Hill site
Seattle Times
August 10, 2017

Swedish surgeons were double-booked, and patients didn’t know
Seattle Times
May 28, 2017

Nurses push to remedy ‘dangerous’ staffing, including ongoing issues at Swedish
Seattle Times
March 26, 2017

  1. S. Attorney’s Office launches investigation of Swedish neurosurgery unit

Seattle Times
March 15, 2017

State regulators investigating Swedish’s Cherry Hill hospital, top surgeon
Seattle Times
February 16, 2017

The O.R. Factory: High Volume. Big Dollars. Rising Tension.
Seattle Times
February 10, 2017

A Lost Voice: Surgery was supposed to mean a better life for Talia. But something went wrong.
Seattle Times
February 10, 2017

https://projects.seattletimes.com/2017/quantity-of-care/hospital/
https://projects.seattletimes.com/2017/quantity-of-care/talia/
February 16th, 2017: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/state-regulators-to-investigate-cherry-hill-hospital-top-surgeon/
https://www.seattletimes.com/business/swedish-cuts-550-jobs-as-part-of-ongoing-reorganization/
Care Problems
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Driving Up Costs
Driving Up Costs
Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of Interest
Unaffordable Healthcare
Unaffordable Healthcare
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Staffing Cuts
Poverty Wages
Poverty Wages
Medicare Fraud Lawsuit
Medicare Fraud Lawsuit
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Union Busting
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Nurses and caregivers of SEIU Healthcare 1199NW are calling for safe staffing, fair wages and a just contract at Providence Hospice and Homecare of Snohomish County.

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