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Special Update: Extreme High Volumes in ED and Urgent Care; Please Manage Patients in Primary Care When Possible and Appropriate

From: Dr. Jay Santos, Urgent Care Medical Director and Dr. Tony Woodward, ED Medical Director

  • We continue to experience extreme high volumes in the ED and our urgent care clinics (UCs).
  • Please use the Emergency or Urgent Care Referral Guide when referring patients.
  • When referring a patient to the ED, please call the ED Communications Center at 206-987-8899 to alert us they are coming.

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News on Measles, COVID-19 and Our Current Hospital Capacity

A special bulletin of Provider News was sent on Monday, May 2 with the following information. We are including it here again for those who may have missed it:

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New Algorithms for Obesity, Hyperglycemia and Precocious Puberty

New Algorithms for Obesity and Hyperglycemia

The Endocrinology Division has updated its obesity, insulin resistance and hyperglycemia intake decision trees. Our goal is to more effectively triage the high volume of referrals we receive and to identify patients who need to be seen urgently. Much of the triaging is now based on hemoglobin A1c, which will be needed for a referral.

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New Hospital Entrance Will Open in June

We’re excited to announce a June 1, 2022 opening for the first finished spaces of Seattle Children’s much-anticipated new addition — formerly called Building Care during construction and now referred to as Forest B (our buildings’ zones are Forest, Mountain, River and Ocean).  The finished spaces include a parking garage for patients and families and a new main lobby that will serve as our 24/7 main entrance. The current main entrance will still be open to patients and families daily until 10 p.m.

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See What’s Inside the New Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic in the Othello neighborhood.

How can a healthcare clinic feel like a town square? Find out by taking a short virtual tour of the new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic at Othello Square (OBCC Othello).

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Cancer Restructure Brings Region’s Pediatric Cancer Programs Under One Roof at Seattle Children’s

From: Dr. Jeff Sperring, CEO, and Dr. Mignon Loh, division chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies and director, Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research

We are thrilled to share that the recently announced restructure of our region’s cancer partnership and the transfer of SCCA’s outpatient Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Program to Seattle Children’s will bring all pediatric cancer and blood disorder programs under one roof at Seattle Children’s.

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Grand Rounds – May 2022

Provider Grand Rounds

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

  • May 5, 2022: Physician Advocacy: My Journey from Pediatrician to Congressional Candidate. Anne Lintzenich Andrews, MD, MSCR; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina.

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Special Update: Important News About Measles, COVID-19, and Our Current Hospital Capacity

From: Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director, Inpatient Access and Dinarte Viveiros, Vice President of Patient Care Services and Associate Chief Nurse, Inpatient and Emergency Services

Measles Mimics

  • We have had a number of patients present to our Emergency Department (ED) and Urgent Care (UC) with possible measles. While we are not seeing an increase in measles cases, an unidentified patient or family member concerning for measles can have a huge impact on our facilities.  These have caused the closures of our urgent care clinics and ED waiting rooms at times. Confirmed measles cases have resulted in exposures and the need for immunizations or immunoglobulin for patients who are unvaccinated or severely immunocompromised.
  • If you suspect measles and are sending a patient for evaluation, please call first at 206-987-8899 so we can provide a safe way to enter a room and be evaluated without impacting other patients. Please also advise the family to wait in their car and call us on arrival.

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COVID-19 and Hospital Capacity Updates

COVID-19 Testing for the Community Is Now Available Again

Seattle Children’s is once again offering COVID-19 testing for community members age 20 and younger. A doctor’s order is needed and an appointment must be scheduled. Walk-ins are not accepted. Appointments are available 7 days a week at Seattle Children’s urgent care locations in Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way and the Sand Point Learning Center near the hospital (drive-through; Monday through Saturday).

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New Algorithm: Return to Sports After COVID-19

Seattle Children’s has created algorithms and other clinical care resources for more than 60 health conditions, with input from PCPs. Find them online from A to Z at Algorithms and Other Clinical Care Resources for Referring Providers (seattlechildrens.org/algorithms).

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