Seattle Children's Provider News

Addressing a Family’s Sleep Issues

A Q&A With Drs. Maida Chen and Michelle Garrison

Sleep is one of the most common concerns divulged to family providers. While parents most often ask for advice related to young children, Seattle Children’s sleep experts Drs. Maida Chen and Michelle Garrison suggest providers treat the entire family when addressing sleep issues.

Read on to learn more.

Thank you to Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson, Chief of Digital Innovation for Children’s and author of the Seattle Mama Doc blog, for submitting these questions.

How does parents’ sleep impact the rest of their family?

Dr. Michelle Garrison, principal investigator, Seattle Children’s Research Institute: Sleep problems between family members are often

interconnected, so providers should look beyond the sleep habits of a specific child and consider what’s going on in a family unit.

When sleep isn’t going well, it can create what I call a “feedback loop of despair.” When children aren’t sleeping well, it can affect parent sleep as well – and then the next day, the child’s behavior can be worse and parents may have less capacity for parenting the way they want to, because they are both tired. And in turn, those effects on behavior and parenting can make bedtime even harder the next time, and you have a feedback loop. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Helps a Micro Preemie Beat Overwhelming Odds

For Leslie and Jeremy Barnett, Grayson’s black and white Converse Chuck Taylors represent a happy ending to a tough first chapter of life for their son, who weighed just 1 pound when he was born 18 weeks premature last November.

It took eight months and overcoming tremendous adversity for Grayson to grow into the tiny shoes he received the day before his 117-day stay in the Seattle Children’s neonatal intensive care unit ended.

Read more of Grayson’s story on Seattle Children’s blog On The Pulse. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Hours Have Changed

Seattle Children’s Urgent Care locations are open seven days a week, including holidays. We no longer offer unique holiday hours. Our regular hours, including holidays are:

  • Weekdays: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Weekends: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Reminders to Providers Referring Patients

We would like to share the following reminders to providers referring patients to Seattle Children’s:

  • Please have your families call the clinic scheduling line to set up outpatient appointments. Our Contact Center currently is not making outbound calls to families to schedule appointments.
  • We don’t want to incur extra costs for your patient. Please remember to send all relevant reports with your referral, including:
    • Any specialty evaluations, laboratory or radiology testing reports so that we don’t provide duplicate services.
    • Growth charts or data when referring for a growth problem.
    • Your evaluation reports and any work-up reports. Having this information prior to your patient’s appointment allows our provider to better prepare for your patient.

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New Online Information for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Referrals

Seattle Children’s has increased transparency about our access, scheduling and communication process for Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine by launching a new online resource “How to Get Services.”

Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine requires a provider referral to see new patients. If families receive a referral from a provider, we will let the provider know if we have an opening or not. If we do, we will contact the family to schedule.

We are sorry that, at this time, many of our clinics do not have openings for new patients. However, we may have openings in research studies. Families who would like to participate in a research study, should call (206) 987-2164 and press 2. Read full post »

Upcoming CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

  • On February 12, 2018 Dr. Jonathan Chen will be presenting on “What’s New In Congenital Heart Care” in Richland, WA. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at Kenton.McAllister@seattlechildrens.org
  • On February 27, 2018 Dr. Gary Stobbe and Dr. Raphael Bernier will be presenting on “Community Resources” in Everett, WA. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Jen Mueller at Jen.Mueller@seattlechildrens.org

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Rafia Baloch, MD, Seattle Children’s, Emergency
  • John Beumer, MD, Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island, Pediatrics
  • Molly Schwab, PA-C, Seattle Children’s, Emergency
  • Michael Thompson, MD, MPH, Seattle Children’s, Hospital Medicine
  • Rachel Vinson, MD, MPH, Bainbridge Pediatrics, PLLC, Pediatrics Read full post »

Innovative Care Models for Sports Injuries, Concussions and Physical Therapy

The team of physicians and athletic trainers in Seattle Children’s Sports Medicine Program leads the way nationally with programs designed to prevent injuries among young athletes.

The Sports Medicine Program includes a team of providers with specialized expertise: two pediatric sports surgeons, a physiatrist and five pediatricians who all possess fellowship training in sports medicine, and three sports medicine-trained physician assistants.

These experienced providers work with more than 40 certified athletic trainers in the Athletic Trainers Program – the largest program of its kind in the country – who monitor the health and safety of young athletes at more than 300 school and community sporting events annually. All of the clinicians in our Sports Medicine Program understand the specific physical and psychosocial challenges of sports injuries, either because they were athletes themselves or have worked with elite international- and Olympic-level competitors. Read full post »

A Comprehensive Approach to Cerebral Palsy

Seattle Children’s is one of the top treatment destinations in the country for children with cerebral palsy, a distinction made possible by the collaboration and expertise of surgeons and physicians.

Families of children with cerebral palsy seeking treatment at Seattle Children’s have access to a breadth of expertise unique to the Pacific Northwest.

The Cerebral Palsy Program includes a complete array of specialists. An orthopedic surgery team, which includes seven surgeons experienced in lower extremity, two surgeons experienced in upper extremity and four surgeons experienced in spine, performs single-event multilevel orthopedic surgery (SEMLS) along with a number of other procedures to address high tone and shortened muscles.

The program’s nationally and internationally recognized neurosurgeons have expertise in intrathecal baclofen pumps, selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and hemispherectomy for children with intractable seizures. Read full post »

Groundbreaking Research at Seattle Children’s Improving Bone Tumor and Sarcoma Treatment

Research into tumor paint, glue embolization treatments and other fields of oncology care has allowed practitioners in the Bone Tumor and Sarcoma Clinic to provide unparalleled cancer care to children in the Pacific Northwest.

The Bone Tumor and Sarcoma Clinic is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. in which orthopedic surgeons and oncologists work side by side in the same program. The clinic’s expertise includes two surgeons with fellowship training in both pediatric orthopedics and musculoskeletal surgical oncology and a third with training in both pediatric and adult musculoskeletal oncology. Their interdisciplinary backgrounds and emphasis on collaborative care has resulted in one of the largest, most comprehensive bone and soft tissue programs in the country.

An emphasis on communication

At weekly bone tumor conferences, oncology, orthopedic and radiology teams review and discuss individual patient cases. An additional weekly clinic that includes a broader group of providers offers another opportunity for clinicians to maximize each child’s progress.

“Sarcoma requires team-based care,” says Dr. Suzanne Yandow, chief of Pediatric Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children’s and professor of orthopedic surgery at UW Medicine. “We have to have constant discussions about patients in group settings, and we have an entire team of oncologists, nurse practitioners with expertise in sarcoma care, social workers, and others who attend these weekly meetings.” Read full post »