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Leadership Changes

  • Jeff Ojemann, SVP and surgeon-in-chief, has transitioned to the role of SVP and interim chief medical officer. Dr. Andre Dick, associate surgeon-in-chief, is our interim surgeon-in-chief.
  • Mady Murrey, SVP and chief clinical officer, will retire this August. Bonnie Fryzlewicz, VP, patient care and chief nursing officer, will serve as interim chief clinical officer.
  • Ruth McDonald and Dr. Paul Sharek have been named associate chief medical officers, in addition to their respective roles as chief medical operations officer and chief quality and safety officer.
  • Marisa Osorio is the new Division Chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine. Dr. Osorio became division chief of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, effective May 1.
  • Burt Yaszay is the new Division Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.
  • Cathy Boelke is the new interim executive director for Children’s University Medical Group (CUMG), the Seattle Children’s and University of Washington School of Medicine practice plan.
  • Nic Maurice is the new Director of Perioperative Services for main campus, having served since February as interim director.

 

For More Information:  Contact physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org.

Seattle Children’s Provider News Special Update: COVID-19 Vaccines for Youth Ages 12 to 15

As of Thursday, May 13, 2021, Seattle Children’s is offering appointments for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to youth ages 12 to 15, in keeping with FDA and CDC guidance on lowering the age limit for the Pfizer vaccine.

Any individual wishing to make a vaccine appointment at Seattle Children’s must use our scheduling portal. Youth under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to sign the consent at both the first and second dose appointments. They do not need to be a current Seattle Children’s patient to schedule a vaccine appointment.

Vaccine appointments can also be made through the Washington State vaccine locator. Please direct any questions about COVID-19 vaccines at Seattle Children’s to COVIDCommunitySupport@seattlechildrens.org.

More Than 10,000 Opioid-Free Outpatient Surgeries

Seattle Children’s is proud to report we have surpassed a milestone of more than 10,000 opioid-free outpatient surgeries at our Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center.

Seattle Children’s is a national leader in efforts to reduce the use of opioids during outpatient pediatric surgeries, while maintaining or improving pain management and outcomes for patients.

Last spring we shared an interview about this innovative approach with Dr. Lynn Martin, an anesthesiologist and medical director of the ambulatory surgery center at Seattle Children’s.

Same-Day COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments; Expanded List of Eligible Patients

Same-day COVID-19 vaccines now available on a limited basis each day for eligible Seattle Children’s inpatients, ambulatory patients who are visiting the hospital for an appointment with their specialist and caregivers who are accompanying ambulatory patients to a same-day appointment.

Same-day appointments are dependent on vaccine availability and clinic capacity each day. We cannot guarantee them or schedule in advance. Read full post »

New Mental Health Clinic for Spanish-Speaking Patients and Families

Seattle Children’s is pleased to announce the opening of a new mental health clinic for children and their families who primarily speak Spanish.

The clinic serves children ages 2 to 18 who have mental health concerns and their parents and other caregivers. Providers are bilingual.

The CALMA clinic (short for Child and Adolescent Latino Mental Health Assessment and Treatment) is held every Thursday and includes group therapy, which may be in the daytime or evening. Presently services are by telehealth only. Read full post »

Reduced Phlebotomy Hours at Regional Clinics

Phlebotomy hours have changed at our regional clinics in Bellevue, Everett and Federal Way. Blood draws are now offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed evenings and weekends.

Improving Access to Gender-Affirming Care via Telehealth

A new study published in Transgender Health found that gender-diverse youth who received gender-affirming healthcare during COVID-19 via telemedicine were satisfied with receiving care virtually. Dr. Gina Sequeira, co-director of the Gender Clinic at Seattle Children’s and the study’s lead author, says the study affirms telemedicine as a way to reduce the barriers to care these families typically experience, such as finding a local pediatric provider who offers gender-affirming care or the expense of trips to Seattle Children’s from distant locations. Read full post »

Provider News Special Update: Vaccinations Offered to Patients 16+ Who Meet Eligibility Criteria

On March 17, Washington moved to the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination (Phase 1B, Tier 2), which means people who are 16 years and older with certain chronic conditions or disabilities are now eligible to receive the vaccine. Seattle Children’s will continue to serve as a community vaccination site and will offer vaccines through our public portal to all eligible members of the public, as supplies permit.

We are contacting our current patients ages 16 to 21 with certain chronic conditions or disabilities who meet the DOH vaccine eligibility criteria to offer a vaccine appointment. Read full post »

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Update

Seattle Children’s is vaccinating individuals who are eligible under Washington state’s Phase 1-A, priority groups 1 and 2, including:

  • All workers at risk in healthcare settings except those who belong to another health system that is offering the vaccine.
  • Community members who are eligible under state guidelines, when vaccine supplies permit.

Testing update

As of March 3, Seattle Children’s has tested 26,879 patients. 734 have tested positive or inconclusive, for a positivity rate of 2.7%. Approximately half of all positive patients are asymptomptic.

 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Teens With Concussion-Related Mental Health Problems

A new study published in JAMA Network Open shows that providing cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as part of a collaborative care model for youth who have experienced persistent post-concussive symptoms (PPCS) offers a promising treatment to alleviate symptoms and improve functioning.

Every year, an estimated 1.1 to 1.9 million youth suffer a sports-related concussion. Between 20% and 30% of those experience symptoms that last more than 30 days, including mental health challenges such as depression or anxiety. Yet there is a lack of high-quality evidence to guide best practices for the treatment of PPCS in the pediatric population. Read full post »