A legacy of leadership. A strategy for the future.
People look to Swedish for leadership and innovation in health care. As Seattle's largest nonprofit health system, we have been at the forefront of health care in the Pacific Northwest for more than 100 years.
For example, in 1932, we opened the first cancer-care center west of the Mississippi. Today, the Swedish Cancer Institute treats more people for more types of cancer than any other provider in the Pacific Northwest. Other highlights in our history include being the first hospital west of the Mississippi to provide high-energy radiation therapy, and offering the area's first independent day-surgery program.
Today, as we reflect on our century of leadership, we also look ahead to a future full of possibility. We are a leading innovator in state-of-the-art treatments, such as robot-assisted surgery and advanced brain tumor treatment in our new Center, which combines world-class facilities with multidisciplinary teams to provide patients with instant access to promising new therapies.
Swedish is also a leader in shaping the national discussion on health care. In 2010, we hosted a two-day symposium on the future of health care. The symposium, "Innovation in the Age of Reform," brought together more than 44 thought leaders and hundreds of attendees, to discuss one of the most critical issues facing our nation today.