Seattle Children's Provider News

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

Since January of this year, following concerns of systemic racism within our organization, we have accelerated our ongoing work to be an anti-racist organization and uphold our core value of equity. Though we’d made a formal commitment to anti-racism last summer, and subsequently launched our Anti-Racism Organizational Change and Accelerated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan last fall, we recognize we must do more – and in greater collaboration.

The key to our transformation – and to the path ahead – lies in taking actions based on conversations and insights from our many stakeholders. We approach the gravity of this transformation and the opportunity to improve with humility in knowing we have not done enough – and our shortcomings have adversely impacted the kids and families we serve as well as our team. Upholding our commitment to anti-racism must be and will be the very fabric of Seattle Children’s future. Read full post »

An Improving Outlook for Babies With Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH): A Q&A With Dr. Rebecca Stark

Rebecca Stark

Rebecca Stark, MD, FACS, is a board-certified pediatric surgeon in the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Seattle Children’s and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at UW.  She is director of the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Program and surgical co-director of the ECMO Program at Seattle Children’s.

What is CDH?

Dr. Stark: When a baby’s diaphragm doesn’t form completely before birth, it leaves a hole between their abdomen and chest. Organs that should grow in the belly go through the hole up into the chest. Babies with CDH have small lungs as a result, and the lung tissue itself is different. Babies with CDH may have serious breathing problems starting soon after birth, as well as a low blood pressure and elevated heart rate. Read full post »

Sleep Center Will Move and Grow in Bellevue

Our Sleep Medicine Clinic is moving in June from its current location in Building 3 of the Overlake Medical Pavilion in Bellevue to a significantly larger new space in Building 5. The clinic will be closed from June 15 to 20 for the move.

New Address (Beginning June 21):

Overlake Medical Pavilion – Building 5

1231 116th AVE NE, Suite 385, Bellevue 98004

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Psychiatry: New Telephone Triage Line for Referring Providers

A new telephone line is now available for providers who have questions about referring to Seattle Children’s outpatient psychiatry and behavioral medicine (PBM). Providers are welcome to use it to find out what services we have available now or may have available soon and ask questions about the referral process or the status of a referral already submitted.

Outpatient psychiatry referral intake team: 206-987-2164, option 2.

The line is staffed Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Messages will be answered within 48 hours.

The phone line is also open to patients and families who have questions about our PBM services.  

In-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

Public Health Seattle-King County is partnering with community providers to deliver in-home COVID-19 vaccination to residents aged 12 and older who are homebound due to injury, illness, age, developmental, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. Formal or informal caregivers can receive vaccine at the same time. (Please note that this is not appropriate for patients who simply lack transportation to a vaccine site.)

To refer patients:

  1. If you have a number of patients to refer, please contact Caren Goldenberg, Homebound Vaccination Program Lead, at cgoldenberg@kingcounty.govor 206-477-3207.
  2. If you would like to refer just one or two patients, please use this secure link: https://redcap.link/WA_HomeBasedVax.
  3. If you know of patients or family members who would prefer to refer themselves, please encourage them to call King County’s COVID-19 Public Information Line at 206-296-4774.

For more information: Contact Caren Goldenberg, Homebound Vaccination Program Lead, at cgoldenberg@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-3207.

Openings in Program for Parents/Caregivers of Teens with ADHD; Diagnostic Screening Included

Enrollment is open for the Boosting Teens with ADHD Program, a monthlong, Zoom-based group program for parents and caregivers of teenagers ages 13 to 17 with ADHD. The group meets weekly and promotes skills focused on parent/teen communication, improving teen independence, and dealing with challenging behaviors and school problems. Read full post »

Leadership Changes

  • Jeff Ojemann, SVP and surgeon-in-chief, has transitioned to the role of SVP and interim chief medical officer. Dr. Andre Dick, associate surgeon-in-chief, is our interim surgeon-in-chief.
  • Mady Murrey, SVP and chief clinical officer, will retire this August. Bonnie Fryzlewicz, VP, patient care and chief nursing officer, will serve as interim chief clinical officer.
  • Ruth McDonald and Dr. Paul Sharek have been named associate chief medical officers, in addition to their respective roles as chief medical operations officer and chief quality and safety officer.
  • Marisa Osorio is the new Division Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Osorio became division chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, effective May 1.
  • Burt Yaszay is the new Division Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
  • Cathy Boelke is the new interim executive director for Children’s University Medical Group (CUMG), the Seattle Children’s and University of Washington School of Medicine practice plan.
  • Nic Maurice is the new Director of Perioperative Services for main campus, having served since February as interim director.

 

For More Information:  Contact physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org.

CMEs and Conferences: June 2021

Top 5 Reasons to (and Not to) Refer to Pediatric Orthopedics

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 from 6 to 7 p.m. (Webex).

Presented by Dr. Todd Blumberg

Category 2 CME

RSVP: Email physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org

Learn more.

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Grand Rounds: June 2021

Provider Grand Rounds

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

June 3, 2021: Stable Affordable Housing Is a Prescription for Good Health. Megan Sandel, MD MPH, Co-Lead Principal Investigator, Children’s Health Watch; Co-Director of the GROW Clinic, Boston Medical Center.

June 10, 2021: Catastrophe and Kites: Fostering Compassion While Crafting the New Normal. Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, Corporate Director of Patient and Family Centered Care, Emory Healthcare.

June 17, 2021: Domino Transplantation. André Dick, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Washington and Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant, Seattle Children’s; Sara Rasmussen, MD, PhD, Surgical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant, Seattle Children’s.

June 24, 2021: Evaluating Suicidality. Lawrence Wissow, MD, Raisbeck Endowed Chair, Pediatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Seattle Children’s.

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New Medical Staff: June 2021

Medical Providers

  • Mary Altobelli, MD, Allegro Pediatrics – Bellevue, Community Pediatrics
  • Roberto Gallotti, MD, Seattle Children’s, Cardiology

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