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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Introducing the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program

Seattle Children’s Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department is pleased to announce the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program. This new program offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary care from birth to young adulthood with a focus not only on addressing kids’ existing hip problems but also on preventing hip problems from occurring during childhood.

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Seattle Children’s announces temporary suspension of COVID-19 testing for the community

Due to a shortage of testing reagents combined with a surge in demand for testing, we must temporarily decrease the number of COVID-19 tests administered at Seattle Children’s.  We have temporarily suspended COVID-19 testing for the community.  Effective immediately, we are not accepting referrals from primary care providers for COVID-19 testing.

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