All Articles in the Category ‘News’

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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An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

Seattle Children’s system-wide number of positive COVID-19 swabs has been approximately doubling every week for the past four weeks and is about three times higher than any other time in the pandemic. Not only are the raw numbers increasing but our positivity rate has gone from about 2% a few weeks ago to nearly 20% last week.

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Progress Update on Seattle Children’s Anti-Racism Work

A message from Seattle Children’s Executive Leadership Team

On December 9, 2021, Seattle Children’s released the first quarterly progress report on our Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. The quarterly report is part of Seattle Children’s commitment to accountability as we systematically dismantle racism within the organization. There are eight recommendations in the action plan, each with action working towards a desired outcome.

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