A Seattle Times investigative series in 2017 exposed troubles at a prominent neuroscience institute based in Seattle.

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At an acclaimed neuroscience institute in Seattle, patients from around the country have sought the expertise of surgeons who specialize in ruptured aneurysms, brain tumors and mangled spines. But a Seattle Times investigation revealed that as surgical revenues have spiked recently, so too have internal warnings about patient safety, double-booked brain surgeons, powerful forces influencing medical programs, and a selfless culture that has gone astray.

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A lost voice / Talia’s story: After enduring years of painful headaches and injuries, Talia Goldenberg — a lively, uninhibited artist — was ready for surgery at Swedish-Cherry Hill hospital’s neuroscience center to help stabilize her flexible spine. (Feb. 10, 2017)
https://projects.seattletimes.com/2017/quantity-of-care/talia/

The O.R. Factory: The aggressive pursuit of more patients, more surgeries and more dollars has placed patient care in jeopardy at Swedish-Cherry Hill, a Seattle Times investigation found. (Feb. 10, 2017)
https://projects.seattletimes.com/2017/quantity-of-care/hospital/  

Double-booked surgeries: Some of Swedish Health’s top neurosurgeons have routinely run multiple operating rooms at the same time while keeping patients in the dark about the practice. (May 28, 2017)
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/swedish-neuroscience-institute-double-booked-overlapping-surgeries/   

The developer: A real-estate developer’s support of Swedish’s Cherry Hill campus has had broad benefits for Swedish — and for the developer. But as hospital executives draw a benefactor close, that relationship can complicate efforts to maintain control over medical programs. (Dec. 14, 2017)
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/swedish-healths-ambitious-seattle-plans-involved-a-developer-with-a-stake-their-success/

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