Announcements

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Update on COVID-19 and Seattle Children’s Capacity

As of September 1, 2021:

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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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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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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination as of July 30, 2021:

  • Patients tested for COVID-19: 41,809
    • Positive (detected plus inconclusive): 1,193 (2.9%)
    • Negative: 40,616 (97.1%)
  • Vaccine doses administered: 53,411

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Exploring a New Path Forward for Pediatric Cancer Care and Research

Seattle Children’s is working in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to explore restructuring our longtime relationship to accelerate our shared mission of advancing diagnosis, treatment and pioneering of cures for cancer and other diseases. If the proposed restructure is finalized and approved, it will establish an adult-focused oncology program and a separate pediatric oncology program that operate collaboratively and will integrate the innovative cancer research from Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s.

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Spanish Urology Clinic

Seattle Children’s now offers an inclusive Spanish Urology Clinic for children in families that speak Spanish as their primary language. It is staffed by Dr. Nicolas Fernandez and other bilingual providers who may provide care and after-visit summaries in both English and Spanish. The clinic operates at both the Seattle hospital campus and Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center. Telehealth visits are available for most conditions, including for the first visit, to make the clinic more accessible to families.

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Seattle Children’s Ranked Among the Best in U.S., Top 3 on West Coast

U.S. News & World Report again named Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in 2021, out of nearly 200 pediatric hospitals evaluated. Seattle Children’s is the top-ranked pediatric hospital in Washington and the Pacific Northwest, and among the top three pediatric hospitals in the Pacific region, which includes California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington. For more than a decade, Seattle Children’s has been nationally ranked in every area, and for 2021, 3 specialties are in the top 10 of the 10 specialties that are ranked:

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Seattle Children’s Collaborates With Bozeman Health to Support Future Expansion of Pediatric Specialty Services in Southwest Montana

Seattle Children’s is pleased to announce an exciting future collaboration with Bozeman Health to expand locally available pediatric specialty medicine and behavioral health services in Southwest Montana.

The pediatric specialties we plan to collaborate on include cardiology, general surgery, oncology, orthopedics, psychiatry and behavioral medicine and other wellness services. Seattle Children’s providers will live in Montana and see patients at Bozeman Health’s Deaconess Hospital.

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Special Update: Message from Susan Betcher, Chair of the Hospital Board of Trustees and Jeff Sperring, MD, Chief Executive Officer

Letter to Seattle Children’s workforce and community from Susan Betcher, Chair of the Hospital Board of Trustees and Jeff Sperring, MD, Chief Executive Officer, regarding Covington & Burling’s Assessment of Seattle Children’s Efforts to Combat Racism and Promote Systemwide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We want to communicate directly to our workforce, patients and families, the community, and other stakeholders – that the independent assessment of Seattle Children’s efforts to combat racism and promote diversity, equity and inclusion led by Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of the Covington law firm is complete. The Board has unanimously adopted their recommendations as set forth in their summary.

Moving forward, we will act with an unwavering commitment to deliver equitable treatment of pediatric care and pursue equitable treatment across Seattle Children’s workforce while promoting anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion for all. Where our past actions have not lived up to our aspirations and values, we are resolved to not only do better but lead the way. This is an enormous task, but one we fully embrace. Read full post »