Seattle Children's Provider News

New Referral Guidelines for GI, Genetics and Endocrinology

Seattle Children’s has released new referral guidelines for Gastroenterology, Endocrinology and Genetics — specialty clinics with access challenges and longer wait times for new patient appointments. Each clinic is open to new referrals.

The new guidelines are designed to improve new patients’ timely access to specialty care while redirecting patients who do not require specialty care to their medical home and primary care provider (PCP), along with resources for PCPs to assist them in managing their patients’ care.

View the new referral guidelines on the “Refer a Patient” pages for:

View the printable PDF flyers summarizing the referral guidelines changes:

Referral guidelines for other specialty clinics will be updated and posted on their “Refer a Patient” webpages as they become available. Read full post »

All in A Day’s Work: A Q&A with Dr. Kathleen Kieran

Kathleen Kieran

Kathleen Kieran

Kathleen Kieran, MD is a pediatric urologist serving patients in both Seattle and Tri-Cities.

You’re from Boston originally. What brought you to Seattle Children’s?

Dr. Kathleen Kieran, pediatric urologist, Seattle Children’s: I’ve been slowly working my way across the country from the East Coast. I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, and went to college, graduate school, and medical school there. I attended the University of Michigan for my urology residency, and then the University of Tennessee for pediatric urology fellowship. I worked in Iowa for 5 years before I came to Seattle.

The greatest impetus for my move to the West Coast was that my husband (who grew up in Puyallup and is an adult urologist in Tri-Cities) loves living in the Pacific Northwest and will absolutely not entertain the idea of living anywhere else. So I called Dr. Paul Merguerian [Seattle Children’s division chief of urology], and luckily they were about to post a position. Read full post »

Change to Diabetes Program and Referral Process

Seattle Children’s is changing the Diabetes intake and patient education protocol for newly diagnosed and otherwise healthy diabetes patients from a two- to three-day inpatient hospital stay to a two-day outpatient education program. Referral instructions have also changed and will require additional lab/test results to be provided before scheduling. Visit the Endocrinology and Diabetes “Refer a Patient” page to learn more about the new Diabetes outpatient education program, what tests and labs are now required before making a referral and more details on how to refer a patient for diabetes.

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Seattle Children’s Providing Influenza Vaccinations to Patients

Seattle Children’s is providing influenza vaccinations to inpatients and outpatients in Seattle and our regional clinics. Patients will be screened for eligibility. Seattle Children’s will also offer the vaccination to patients in the Emergency Department and our Urgent Care locations. All vaccinations given to patients are documented in the Child Profile Immunization Registry.

We will also provide flu shot vouchers to patients’ family members and household contacts age three and older during patient visits and stays; the vouchers can be used at any Bartell Drugs with no out-of-pocket cost (Bartell will bill family members’ insurance, if available, and charge any remaining balance to Seattle Children’s). This year, the vouchers will also be accepted at Samy’s Health Mart in Olympia and Rx Pharmacy in Richland, with no out-of-pocket cost. Family members and household contacts 6 months to 35 months old will need to get their flu vaccine at their primary care provider’s office.

Seattle Children’s efforts to vaccinate patients are in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase access to the vaccine in healthcare settings.

For questions about flu vaccinations at Seattle Children’s, email Dr. Matthew Kronman, infectious diseases specialist.

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Communicating With Parents About Vaccines: A Free CE E-Learning Course

Dr. Douglas J. Opel is offering a one-hour course about vaccine hesitancy and how healthcare providers can better communicate with parents who have concerns about vaccines. The course is designed for physicians, physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical assistants.

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Seattle Children’s Patient Navigators Help Yakima Valley Families Access Cancer Care

Collaboration between Seattle Children’s and community partners led by a farmworkers clinic in the Yakima Valley is improving cancer outcomes for children in non–English-speaking families who are more likely to miss out on lifesaving care. Growing evidence points to a strong connection between socioeconomic status and cancer survival rates in the United States, according to a recent article in U.S. News & World Report. Read full post »

Helping Parents Build Resilience When Their Child Has Cancer

In a study published in JAMA Network Open, Seattle Children’s researchers found that one-on-one sessions teaching skills through a tool called Promoting Resilience in Stress Management for Parents (PRISM-P) improved resilience and benefit finding, or personal growth, among parents of children with cancer. “This tells me we are doing what is perhaps most important for parents: helping them to know they can come back again tomorrow and that they can find some good in the bad. These two things will help both them and their families,” said Dr. Abby Rosenberg, a researcher at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and lead author of the study.

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Free Evidence-Based Mobile App for Youth With Chronic Pain

Tonya Palermo

Tonya Palermo

Tonya Palermo, director of the Pediatric Pain and Sleep Innovations Lab at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, has released a free mobile application (app) for Android and iPhone to help youth ages 10 to 18 who are experiencing chronic pain. The app is based on content from the Web-based Management of Adolescent Pain (WebMAP) Internet program that has been tested in multiple clinical trials. It helps teens learn about chronic pain, set goals for increasing their physical activities, learn relaxation and imagery strategies, and receive interventions for problems with sleep and low mood. Read full post »

Grand Rounds at Seattle Children’s

Join us Thursday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. for presentations by pediatric healthcare experts. All are welcome at this weekly free Category 1 CME event. Location: Wright Auditorium, Seattle Children’s. Or watch the live webcast.

Oct. 3, 2019: Responding to Parental Requests for Potentially Non-Beneficial Treatment. Treuman Katz Ethics Lecture. Robert Macauley, MD, FAAP, FAAHPM; Professor of Pediatrics School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University.

Oct. 10, 2019: Kawasaki Disease: Mistakes I Have Made. Jane Burns, MD; Professor and Director of Kawasaki Disease Research Center, Dept. of Pediatrics, UC San Diego.

Oct. 17, 2019: Treatment for Pediatric Brain Tumors in the Genomic Era. Ron Chard Clinical Oncology Lecture. Maryam Fouladi, MD, MSc, FRCPC; Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Brain Tumor Center; Marjory J. Johnson Chair, Brain Tumor Translational Research, Cincinnati Children’s.

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Advancing Understanding of Birth Defects of the Brain

In the largest genetic study of the most common birth defects of the brain diagnosed during pregnancy, researchers from Seattle Children’s Research Institute say their findings evolve our understanding of brain development. The findings will also change the information given to expecting parents when cerebellar malformations are detected prenatally. “If you have a child at risk for developmental challenges, it helps to know the cause and what’s going to happen. This study significantly advances our ability to answer those questions,” said Dr. William Dobyns, the senior author on the paper published in the American Journal of Human Genetics and an investigator in the Center for Integrative Brain Research. Dobyns and lead author, Dr. Kimberly Aldinger, identified 27 different genes as key contributors. Read full post »