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Upcoming Epilepsy Symposium, and Top Five Reasons to Refer Your Epilepsy Patient to Seattle Children’s

Epilepsy Symposium on September 17

Seattle Children’s will host an Epilepsy Symposium, “Improving Pediatric Epilepsy Outcomes: Advances in Diagnosis, Management and Treatment,” on Saturday, September 17, 2022, at Sand Point Learning Center in Seattle. More than a dozen doctors from our Epilepsy Program will discuss best practices and novel approaches to managing and treating epilepsy in children and teens.

The symposium is open to doctors, advanced practice providers and other medical professionals who care for pediatric patients with epilepsy. If you know parents or caregivers who may be interested, the symposium is open to them also. See the flyer.

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Seattle Children’s Expands Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Outpatient Services in a New State-of-the-Art Clinic Space

Beginning in fall 2022, pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients with cancer and blood disorders in the greater Pacific Northwest will be cared for at a new state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for transformative, patient-centered care.

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COVID-19 and Capacity Updates

Regional Capacity Situation Update

  • Hospitals across the state have been reporting high occupancy for several months. Most major systems are well over 100% inpatient & ICU capacity.   The region is also seeing high sustained PICU census.
  • Hospitals serving adults are the most impacted and are reporting extreme levels of Emergency Department boarding and use of auxiliary spaces such as conference rooms for patient care.
  • Staffing constraints at many hospitals are further impacting bed availability.
  • Following sustained high transmission of COVID-19 in our region, we are finally seeing a plateau in transmission.

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Washington’s Free Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens: Update on Wait Times for Families and BIPOC Provider Access

Washington’s free referral service connecting kids with mental health therapists has expanded this year to meet rising demand. With new state funding, Washington’s Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens this summer added two referral specialists and an intake coordinator.

Wait times: Currently, the service is able to schedule an intake call for families with Medicaid within a few days to a week of the initial request. Privately insured families typically will have an intake appointment within two weeks. Times are subject to change.

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Grand Rounds

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

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COVID-19 and Capacity Updates

Update on Emergency Department and Hospital Capacity

  • Seattle Children’s continues to experience very high census and significant capacity constraints in the Emergency Department and inpatient areas.
  • The recent closure of Fairfax Behavioral Health and decision by Providence Everett to close its pediatric beds to make space for adult patients have further constrained our hospital capacity.
  • Last Friday, July 1, the hospital moved to contingency status for staffing. Contingency falls under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Disaster Planning guidelines and is part of a continuum that ranges from “conventional” to “contingency,” and, finally, “crisis.” Moving to contingency means that the workspaces, staff and/or supplies used are not consistent with daily practices but maintain or have minimal impact on usual patient care processes.
  • We continue to run under a disaster incident command structure to rapidly manage issues and ensure safe care for the patients that need us.
  • Our region is reporting that most hospitals are over 100% capacity and some are reporting their highest occupancy ever. This is resulting in rural critical access hospitals (those without critical care capabilities) frequently boarding critically ill patients in their Emergency Departments for prolonged periods of time. It is also stressing the EMS system and impacting 911 response times in certain areas of the state.
  • It is imperative that our provider colleagues manage patients in primary care whenever possible and appropriate. If sending patient to the Seattle Children’s ED, please call our Communications Center at 206-987-8899 first. This will help us to manage and plan for necessary space and staffing. Please also inform the family we will see them as soon as we can but there is likely to be a wait.
  • See our Emergency or Urgent Care Referral Guide.

COVID-19 Vaccination for Children Ages 6 Months to 4 Years Old

Seattle Children’s is now able to offer COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 6 months to 4 years (under 5 years old) based on approvals last month from the CDC, Washington State Department of Health and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

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OBCC Central District Building Closes for Further Evaluation

During routine evaluations of the renovation project currently underway at Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) Central District, it was discovered that repairs were needed that were beyond the original scope. As a result, we are closing this location for the time being to fully evaluate the situation and develop long-term plans. We have rescheduled families who had appointments at OBCC Central District to receive care at OBCC Othello or via telehealth. OBCC Central District workforce will move to the Othello location, which has space to absorb all the additional staff and patients.

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New Spanish-Language Class for Families: Where to Start When Looking for Mental Health Care

Seattle Children’s is now offering our recently introduced class, “Finding Mental Health Care in Washington State: A Class on Where to Start,” in Spanish too. The class will be offered virtually (on Zoom) starting in July. It is a live class and includes a question-and-answer session.

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Seattle Children’s Recognized as One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; 125 “Top Docs” Recognized by Seattle Magazine

One of the Nation’s Best Children’s Hospitals

We are honored to share that U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) has again ranked Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best children’s hospitals. 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 Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington. Seattle Children’s has received this recognition every year for 30 years! This important designation distinguishes Seattle Children’s as one of the top places in the nation providing pediatric care.

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Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan: An Update From Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s has released its third quarterly progress report on the Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. Despite the urgency of our work, this is a process that takes time. This report highlights both recent progress and challenges. We are committed to accountability as we systematically dismantle racism within the organization. Our ask for active community medical staff is that you read the report and continue to hold us accountable.

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