Seattle Children's Provider News

Seattle Children’s to Launch Online Appointment Scheduling Mar. 14

Seattle Children’s is making several changes to our Urgent Care clinics to better manage our demand and improve the experience for families.

Starting Mar. 14, Children’s will offer same-day appointment scheduling online and by phone (206-987-2211) for our urgent care locations in Bellevue, Federal Way, Mill Creek and Seattle. (The ability to schedule and phone number will not work until Mar. 14).

Limited walk-in appointments are also available. If families do not schedule in advance, and we do not have appointments when they arrive, we will do our best to provide them with information about other locations that can care for their child.

Families should arrive 15 minutes before their appointment time to check in. If families are more than 15 minutes late for their appointment, we may need to reschedule.

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

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

Finally, Urgent Care clinics have also updated their scope of care. This includes:

  • No sedation will be administered in urgent care. Laceration repairs needing sedation will be referred to the Emergency Department (ED).
  • While most of our patients respond well to oral rehydration, those requiring IV hydration will be referred to the ED.
  • High score asthmatics needing continuous nebulization treatments will be transferred to the ED.

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CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On March 10, Dr. Yolanda Evans will be presenting on “Contraception for Adolescents” in Everett. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Jen Mueller at Read full post »

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Deema Arafah, MD, Seattle Children’s, Adolescent Medicine
  • Christopher Blosser, MD, University of Washington, Nephrology
  • Michele Gasper, MD, Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island, Pediatrics
  • Marc Levitt, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Surgery
  • Adam Sassoon, MD, Hip and Knee Center at Northwest Outpatient Medical Center, Orthopedics
  • Meera Srikanthan, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology

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Congratulations to 2018 Molteni and Thomas Award Winners

Seattle Children’s Richard A. Molteni and Elizabeth Thomas awards were presented Mar. 6 at the annual medical staff celebration. Nominated by their peers, recipients were recognized for the outstanding work they do on behalf of our patients and families.

And the winners are….

  • Dennis Shaw, MD, Radiology, Seattle Children’s
  • Jeannie Larsen, MD, Pediatrics, Allegro Pediatrics
  • April Morris, ARNP, Neonatology, Seattle Children’s


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Born With a Hole in His Heart, Hybrid Procedure Helps Rowen Thrive

When Chelsie McKinney and her husband welcomed baby Rowen into the world in November 2017, they thought he was “absolutely perfect.”

“He was a big, strong and beautiful boy,” McKinney said. “We counted his fingers and toes like all parents do, and he seemed perfectly healthy. We were so excited to bring him home.”

However, before Rowen was discharged from the hospital, doctors noticed he had a heart murmur. An echocardiogram indicated he had a hole in the wall between the lower two chambers of his heart, which is called a ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Read more of Rowan’s story on Seattle Children’s blog On The Pulse.

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Seattle Children’s Launches Follow-Up Phone Call Process

Seattle Children’s has launched a new follow-up phone call process.

Within two days of leaving the hospital, patient families will now receive a call from our automated system. During this call, our system will ask questions about the patient’s recovery and see if the family needs additional help.

Please share with your patients what they can expect from the call:

  • The number calling you will be 206-981-5036. The caller ID will include your name and the words “SCH Care Team.”
  • Using the keypad on your phone, answer the questions about your health and progress.
  • Based on your answers, a nurse may call you back to offer help and instructions.

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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.

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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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