Announcements

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Anti-Racism Work at Seattle Children’s

In early September, Seattle Children’s released its much-anticipated Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. It articulates over 30 specific actions Seattle Children’s will take to address the eight recommendations that emerged from an outside assessment by Covington & Burling. That assessment examined issues of systemic racism, diversity, equity and inclusion at Seattle Children’s.

These 30+ actions will engage Seattle Children’s workforce, leadership, patient families and the broader community to make measurable, significant changes aimed at ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion at Seattle Children’s.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is a leading cause of death among adolescents in Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Reducing access to firearms and medications at home could save thousands of lives for people experiencing suicidality. Encourage families to limit access to these by practicing safe firearm storage and safe medicine storage and disposal.

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Biofeedback at South Clinic in Federal Way

Seattle Children’s South Clinic in Federal Way now offers biofeedback therapy with Ivan Quintero, ND. Dr. Quintero sees patients three days a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If your South Sound patient age 8 to 21 is interested in biofeedback therapy, please send in a referral and note “South Clinic” on your referral so we know to schedule your patient in Federal Way.

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Grand Rounds: October 2021

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

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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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