Seattle Children's Provider News

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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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 »