Hospital Fast Facts

About Swedish Medical Center

Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, CO, serves as the Rocky Mountain Region's referral center for neurotrauma and comprehensive stroke care. Swedish provides the most advanced care for adult and pediatric trauma as a Level I Trauma Center and specializes in oncology services as a Commission on Cancer-approved program. Swedish also focuses on

  • high-risk obstetrics;
  • complex spine, orthopedic, gynecologic and cardiac surgeries;
  • advanced radiology procedures;
  • and Gamma Knife.

Innovative programs like Cardiac Alert® and Stroke Alert ensure patients receive the quickest, most effective emergency care available. Swedish also maintains the Swedish Southwest ER, a free-standing, full-service emergency department serving Jefferson County and areas including and surrounding the City of Littleton.

An acute care hospital with 368 licensed beds, Swedish Medical Center has been a proud member of the community since 1905. Each year Swedish continues to care for more than 142,000 patients with a team of 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and more than 1,200 physicians.

Swedish Medical Center, a HealthONE hospital, is proud to have been awarded the Consumer Choice Award from an independent survey of the Denver community; has been named to Solucient's national "Top 100 Hospitals" multiple times and has five times been named a "Facility of Choice" by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers.

Mission

The mission of Swedish Medical Center is to provide compassionate, high-quality patient care that meets the caring and cost effective expectations of our patients, physicians, employees and volunteers, and to preserve and strengthen the Swedish tradition of community service.

Centers of Excellence

Swedish's Centers of Excellence include:

  • Neurosciences, in collaboration with the Colorado Neurological Institute
  • Adult and Pediatric Trauma Services
  • Cardiology Services
  • Cancer Treatment Services
  • Advanced Radiology Capabilities
  • Women's and Children's Services

Additional Programs

Other innovative programs at Swedish Medical Center include:

AirLIFE
AirLife, HealthONE's emergency medical transport service,provides round-the-clock national emergency air and ground medical transport for patients 365 days per year in a five-state region, which includes Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Montana.

Center for Brain and Spinal Tumors
The Center for Brain and Spinal Tumors, a collaborative effort between Swedish Medical Center and the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), provides a state-of-the-art treatment center for brain tumor patients. The program includes advanced diagnostic capabilities using MR Spectroscopy; tumor removal using stealth technology and photodynamic therapy; a rehabilitation program specific to brain tumor patients; leading-edge radiation oncology technology; and oncology follow-up with a physician specializing in brain tumors. This unique combination of services leads to improved outcomes and better quality of life for Swedish's many survivors.

Radiation Oncology

The ability of Swedish's Radiation Oncology Department to meet the market's growing demand for Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) has been greatly enhanced by the addition of a new Siemens Primus accelerator; an upgrade of the ADAC treatment planning system; replacement of the stereotactic radiosurgery equipment with Radionics X-Knife and X-Plan; and the addition of quality assurance equipment for the physics and dosimetry program.

Leadership

Mary M. White has served as president and chief executive officer of Swedish Medical Center since January 1996.

History

Swedish was established in 1905 as a tuberculosis sanatorium. By 1956 the facility had changed its name to Swedish Hospital and turned its focus to general healthcare, as medication had significantly reduced the number of tuberculosis cases in the U.S. During the 1960s, a six-story main building was completed, which brought the bed capacity to 238. Renovation continued in the 1960s, and the addition of four patient-care floors raised the patient capacity to 328. In the 1980s, Swedish built two of the four existing medical office plazas, along with a Critical Care Unit, which won a national award for its design.

In the early 1990s, the final two Medical Office Plazas were built to house Radiation Oncology, the Swedish Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Senior Health Care Clinic. In October 1995, Swedish completed a new 25,000 square foot Emergency Department to accommodate more than 50,000 patient visits per year. A new Women's Services Center for labor & delivery, high-risk obstetrics and gynecological surgery opened in 1998, and in 1999 a second lab was added to the hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Center. In 2007, the hospital began a three-year construction project that includes two new units, a renovated lobby, a family-centered NICU and a dedicated PICU. With new units and the comprehensive services offered within the hospital, Swedish reached its current number of 368 licensed beds.