All Articles in the Category ‘Announcements’

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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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 (

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Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Opens Second Location Near Othello Link Light Rail Station

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

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

Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) has opened a second location in the Othello neighborhood near the Othello light rail station. Wrapped in brilliant colors and designs reflecting the heritage of local residents, OBCC Othello is dedicated to meeting the community’s growing healthcare needs in a holistic and equitable way by offering integrated medical, dental, behavioral health, physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition services and other specialty care all under one roof. The Othello Square location is home to numerous other family-friendly community organizations which co-exist in a vibrant new community hub.

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Major Expansion of Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center Will Promote Lifelong Learning for More Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Disabilities

Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center (ABC) held its grand reopening on March 28, 2022, just shy of its eight-year anniversary. The expanded Center will host significantly more classes and activities, grow its staff, deepen vital community partnerships and widen its range of services to include mental and behavioral health.

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Expanded Phlebotomy Hours at Regional Clinics

Seattle Children’s regional clinic laboratories in Everett, Bellevue and Federal Way have expanded their open phlebotomy hours effective Monday, March 28, 2022 to Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Main campus phlebotomy hours are still weekdays from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Big Wins for Kids in 2022 State Legislative Session

We are pleased to report that Seattle Children’s and its allies came away from the 2022 Washington state legislative session with a number of important achievements.

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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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Special Update: Changes to Dermatology Referrals and Other News


Seattle Children’s Dermatology will continue to accept new referrals. However, due to the high demand for appointments and long wait times in excess of 6 months, we are making several changes to our Dermatology referral policies to ensure we are able to see patients in a timely manner.

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Special Update: Palivizumab (Synagis) Administration Ends Friday, March 4, 2022

From: Vidya Chande, MD and Esther Park, PharmD, Chairs of Pharmacy & Therapeutics (P&T) Committee, Seattle Children’s

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An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

March 2, 2022: We are continuing to see declines in COVID-19 cases in the community.  The number of patients admitted to Seattle Children’s for COVID-19 has fallen to below 10 for the first time since December 2021.  The overall inpatient census fell over mid-winter break but is expected to rise to high levels again.  We continue to see very high numbers of patients needing mental and behavioral health care.  The numbers of patients with RSV continues to be low.  We have not seen any significant influenza activity.

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