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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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High Patient Surge Strains Hospital and Emergency Department: How You Can Help

After a dip in census over the Thanksgiving holiday, the Emergency Department (ED) and the hospital had a high surge of patients on Monday, November 29. The ED was at 200% capacity Monday evening with a mental health surge of 16 patients (40% of the normal ED bed capacity).

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COVID-19 Update on Boosters and Referrals for Antibody Infusion

Boosters Now Available at Main Campus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has removed qualifying criteria to expand who can get the COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for extended immunity. Seattle Children’s now is able to administer booster doses under an emergency use authorization to any individual who is 18 years and older and has:

  • Received two doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago
  • Received the single-dose Janssen vaccine at least two months ago

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Pilot: Newborn Screening Test for Wilson Disease Begins Nov. 1

A newborn screening test for Wilson disease is being trialed in Washington beginning November 1 in a pilot study that Dr. Sihoun Hahn hopes will lead to diagnosing infants across the country who have this life-threatening but easily treated disease.

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