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Cancer and Blood Disorders Program Poised for Accelerated Growth With Addition of Dr. Mignon Loh

Dr. Mignon Loh – New Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Division Chief and BTCCCR Center Director

Message from Dr. Leslie Walker-Harding, chair, University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics; senior vice president and chief academic officer, Seattle Children’s

I am thrilled to announce that on Dec. 1 Dr. Mignon Loh will join the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics as division chief of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy. In this role, she will provide clinical leadership at Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and research leadership as center director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research (BTCCCR) at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Loh will also serve as professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine, as well as head of the Section of Pediatric Oncology at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch). Read full post »

New Policy to Guide Seattle Children’s Engagement With Law Enforcement

Dismantling overpolicing and systems that may result in overpolicing of people of color at Seattle Children’s is critical to protecting the health and safety and minimizing trauma for Black, Indigenous and People of Color patients, families and communities. It’s one of the five pillars of our Anti-Racism Organizational Change and Accelerated EDI Plan.

Following the work in April 2021 of a multidisciplinary group that examined how Seattle Children’s engages with law enforcement, a policy has been created to guide workforce members on how and when to appropriately engage law enforcement at Seattle Children’s. Over the coming months, our related policies will be updated and our teams will receive training.

Seattle Children’s App Now Available in Spanish

The official Seattle Children’s App is now available in English and Spanish. The app, created by Seattle Children’s, helps families quickly connect to MyChart, find and contact services to support their child and family, access our interpreter services, and use turn-by-turn directions to navigate the hospital.

Families can download the app today from the Apple App or Google Play stores.

When referring your patients to Seattle Children’s, please share this information by giving them our family flyer about the new app (Spanish version).

Changes in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Hours and Inpatient Caregiver Visitation Standards

  • The hospital campus COVID-19 vaccine clinic is now open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., due to reduced demand.
  • Up to three caregivers can now be designated as eligible visitors for each inpatient (up from two).
  • Important note: we are still only allowing TWO caregivers to visit at a time.
  • Parents/caregivers who are fully vaccinated no longer need to be tested prior to their child being admitted to a double room.

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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 »

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.