Seattle Children's Provider News

Kids, Sleep, and Mental Health in Today’s Pandemic: How Our New Expanded Sleep Center Helps More Kids: A Q&A With Dr. Maida Chen

Maida Lynn Chen, MD

Dr. Maida Lynn Chen

Dr. Chen is director of Sleep Medicine at Seattle Children’s.

What’s new at the Sleep Center?

In June we opened a bigger, better Sleep Center. Our new state-of-the-art facility has 12 sleep study suites and 6 exam rooms, up from 8 and 4, respectively. We’ve included the latest technology while still prioritizing families’ comfort. We also have significantly more staff now, which allows us to see a lot of children we couldn’t before.

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What to Expect When Referring Your Patient for Medication Management

As a reminder, patients referred to Psychiatry for medication management will receive consultation and short-term management. We do not provide ongoing medication management.

Short-term medication management can range from two visits — for intake and recommendation/prescription — to taking over care for a few months to oversee a trial of medication. We require patients to be in therapy before considering medications, but therapy does not have to be with us. If the patient is requesting a second opinion on medication, we will see them and then provide recommendations to the referring provider, who would continue to provide ongoing care and medication management.

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Return to Sports This Fall: Advice From Our Cardiologists

Many families and providers are wondering what precautions to take before sending kids back to sports after a COVID-19 infection. Using guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Heart Association (AHA), cardiologists at Seattle Children’s created the proposed protocol to guide PCPs in safely returning kids to sports after infection. It was presented in our July CME, “Return to Sports After COVID-19, Plus Updates on Post-Vaccine Perimyocarditis,” along with information about COVID’s impact on heart function and information about why the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks of post-vaccine myopericarditis.

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Update on COVID-19 and Seattle Children’s Capacity

As of September 1, 2021:

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Mental Health: Resources for Kids and Handouts for Providers

The return to school and in-person learning is likely to bring up a variety of emotions for children and families. Here are some resources for supporting children’s mental health as back-to-school season arrives.

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Expanding Gynecological Care at Seattle Children’s

Dr. Angela Hernandez

Dr. Angela Hernandez

Seattle Children’s is pleased to announce we have added a physician and nurse to our Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Clinic to increase the availability of complex gynecologic care in our region. With the addition of Dr. Angela Hernandez, we have significantly expanded an expert team that already included Dr. Kate Debiec and Dr. Anne-Marie E. Amies Oelschlager. Dr. Hernandez will see patients at North Clinic in Everett and in Seattle.

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CMEs and Provider Training on Autism

CMEs

  • Pediatric Sleep Disorders: September 21, 6 to 7 p.m. Maida Chen, MD, Director, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Clinic, Seattle Children’s. Category 2 CME presented by Physician Relations. RSVP by September 20 to physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org. Learn more.

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Grand Rounds: September 2021

Provider Grand Rounds are held year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Instructions on watching the live webcast are here.

  • September 2, 2021: Transition from Crisis to Management: An Overview of Care for Youth with a Restrictive Eating Disorder. Yolanda Evans, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UW; Adolescent Medicine, Seattle Children’s; and Nicole Stettler, PhD, Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Seattle Children’s.

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Special Update: (1) Anti-Racism Work at Seattle Children’s, and (2) Urgent Care Clinics

1. Our Commitment to Being an Anti-Racist, Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Institution: Sharing the Detailed Recommendations from the Covington and Burling Assessment

A Message from Dr. Jeff Sperring, CEO:

The Hospital Board of Trustees has voted to release the detailed recommendations and summary findings presented by Covington and Burling following their assessment of Seattle Children’s efforts to combat racism and promote diversity, equity and inclusion. I am grateful to the Board for making this decision. The assessment made clear that Seattle Children’s has not lived up to the standards and the values we set for ourselves. As CEO, I commit to you we will do better, and this work is my top priority. An internal Task Force representing a cross-section of our organization has been formed to create an action plan by September 1, 2021 to address Covington’s findings and recommendations. We have asked Covington to assess our progress against that action plan and report back their findings to the community. We commit to all these actions to honor the trust our community has placed in Seattle Children’s.

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Caring for the (Whole) Child With Cleft Lip and Palate: A Q&A With Dr. Kelly Evans

Dr. Evans is one of the pediatricians on the Craniofacial team at Seattle Children’s.

How common is cleft lip and palate?

Roughly 1 in 1,000 babies is born with cleft lip and/or palate. It’s one of the most common birth defects in the United States along with congenital heart defects, Down syndrome and spina bifida. The exact cause is often unknown, but researchers believe it’s usually a combination of genetic and other factors, for example, environmental factors.

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