Seattle Children's Provider News

Special Update: Extreme High Volumes in ED and Urgent Care; Please Manage Patients in Primary Care When Possible and Appropriate

From: Dr. Jay Santos, Urgent Care Medical Director and Dr. Tony Woodward, ED Medical Director

  • We continue to experience extreme high volumes in the ED and our urgent care clinics (UCs).
  • Please use the Emergency or Urgent Care Referral Guide when referring patients.
  • When referring a patient to the ED, please call the ED Communications Center at 206-987-8899 to alert us they are coming.

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Ten Reasons to Refer Young Adults With Cancer to Seattle Children’s

Did you know that most cancer patients in their 20s should be referred to a pediatric cancer center for treatment rather than an adult one? Yet the pediatric oncologists at Seattle Children’s routinely talk to new patients who initially were sent to an adult cancer program because they were over 18 years old.

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News on Measles, COVID-19 and Our Current Hospital Capacity

A special bulletin of Provider News was sent on Monday, May 2 with the following information. We are including it here again for those who may have missed it:

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New Algorithms for Obesity, Hyperglycemia and Precocious Puberty

New Algorithms for Obesity and Hyperglycemia

The Endocrinology Division has updated its obesity, insulin resistance and hyperglycemia intake decision trees. Our goal is to more effectively triage the high volume of referrals we receive and to identify patients who need to be seen urgently. Much of the triaging is now based on hemoglobin A1c, which will be needed for a referral.

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Mental Health Resource Rundown: New Programs and Classes at Seattle Children’s

May Is National Mental Health Awareness Month

Seattle Children’s is bolstering its continuum of care for child mental health. In terms of prevention, at one end of the continuum, we are adding new classes that help parents and caregivers support their child’s mental health and recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems to intervene early. We are also filling in key gaps that have long existed at the high-acuity end of the continuum by creating intensive outpatient programs (IOPs) for kids who have been in crisis and stabilized, so they can transition home successfully with continued improvement rather than slip back into crisis. Our work with state legislators last year helped secure pilot funding for IOPs and partial hospitalization programs. New wins in Olympia this year ensured Medicaid covered the treatment starting in 2023.

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New Hospital Entrance Will Open in June

We’re excited to announce a June 1, 2022 opening for the first finished spaces of Seattle Children’s much-anticipated new addition — formerly called Building Care during construction and now referred to as Forest B (our buildings’ zones are Forest, Mountain, River and Ocean).  The finished spaces include a parking garage for patients and families and a new main lobby that will serve as our 24/7 main entrance. The current main entrance will still be open to patients and families daily until 10 p.m.

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The Continuous Search for Advancements in Pediatric Liver Transplant

Dr. Evelyn Hsu, Seattle Children’s division chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, calls liver transplantation a miracle. “You take a kid who is basically right at the edge, almost dying. You grab them back from the jaws of death and give them a liver transplant, and they are essentially restored to life.” Her vision is to move every child off the transplant list with a 100 percent survival rate so they can live their best life. (Read: “We’re Not Just Transplanting Organs, We’re Transplanting Lives,” an incredible story about the Hurtado family and their four children who have maple syrup urine disease.)

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See What’s Inside the New Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in the Othello neighborhood.

How can a healthcare clinic feel like a town square? Find out by taking a short virtual tour of the new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic at Othello Square (OBCC Othello).

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Cancer Restructure Brings Region’s Pediatric Cancer Programs Under One Roof at Seattle Children’s

From: Dr. Jeff Sperring, CEO, and Dr. Mignon Loh, division chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies and director, Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

We are thrilled to share that the recently announced restructure of our region’s cancer partnership and the transfer of SCCA’s outpatient Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program to Seattle Children’s will bring all pediatric cancer and blood disorder programs under one roof at Seattle Children’s.

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CMEs, Conferences and Education Events

Breakthroughs in Pediatrics: Past Lessons, Present Controversies, Future Challenges,” July 15 and 16, 2022. 17th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference hosted by the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center. Our invited speakers will be covering a compelling range of topics, from incubators to organoids and medical innovations. To learn more and to register, visit the Pediatric Bioethics Conference websiteRead full post »