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New Medical Staff

Medical Staff

Agnes Chao, MD, Neonatology

Violeta Gomez, MD, Community Pediatrics

Siegfried Hirczy, MD, Neurology


Allied Health Professionals

Maria Brnjic, ARNP, Pain Medicine

Emily Kesheimer, CRNA, General Anesthesia

Jumie Lee, ARNP, Emergency

Tamara Morgan, ARNP, General Anesthesia

Jennifer Nathans, ARNP, Otolaryngology

Atylana Singh, LMHC, Psychology

Gurleen Kaur Singh, BCBA, Psychology

Sarah Stein, ARNP, Community Pediatrics

New Medical Staff

Medical Staff

Jesse Michael Adams, MD, Child Psychiatry

Rebecca Mae Allen, MD, Child Psychiatry

Joshua David Bess, MD, Child Psychiatry

Anna Borisovskaya, MD, Child Psychiatry

Jeffrey Cohen, MD, Neurology

Theresa Laguna, MD, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Aaron Bertrand Low, MD, Anesthesia

Shani Kay Norberg, MD, Neurology

Travis Piester, MD, Gastroenterology

Nazia Henna Rahman, MD, Emergency/Urgent Care

Jessica Yen, MD, Neurology


Allied Health Professionals

Chelsea Bajet, PA-C, Child Psychiatry

Jennifer Marie Cadigan, PhD, Child Psychiatry

Taira Alma Chaudry, ARNP, Child Psychiatry

Ko Eun Choi, BCBA, Child Psychiatry

Ileen Faith Cronin, ARNP, Cardiology

Katie Renee Emanuelson, ARNP, Hematology/Oncology

Sarah Nicole Herrington, ARNP, Neonatology

Sandra Lorena Benitez Kruidenier, PA-C, Anesthesia

Kelly Phuong Ha Thanh Luong, PA-C, Neonatology

Rose Kimberly MacLeod, LMFT, Child Psychiatry

Ashlee Marie Nollette, LMHC, Child Psychiatry


Roundup of Seattle Children’s Impact in FY2022

Seattle Children’s annual Facts and Stats is now available online. It offers a snapshot of Seattle Children’s in FY 2022, including:

  • 373,939 patient visits
  • 9,490 workforce members
  • 10 regional clinics and 24 outreach sites and clinics across Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho (WAMI)
  • 11,250 outpatient surgeries and 3,902 inpatient surgeries
  • $260,659,000 in uncompensated care
  • Ranked 5th in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding among pediatric research institutions

Find more information online at Seattle Children’s Facts and Stats: FY 2022 or download the Seattle Children’s Facts and Stats brochure.

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Special Update: Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic

December 28, 2022:

Seattle Children’s has temporarily closed the second floor of the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) Othello to repair water damage from a fire that occurred on December 19th on the floor above the clinic. OBCC Othello is located inside the Orenda at Othello Square building.

  • OBCC’s first floor was not impacted which means Dental and Rehab appointments at OBCC Othello will continue as normal.
  • Medical appointments which normally would take place on the second floor are being rescheduled as telehealth visits or in some cases as in-person appointments at either the main hospital campus or South Clinic in Federal Way.
  • We are contacting affected families to reschedule their appointments.
  • Families with questions may call OBCC at 206-987-7210.

We apologize for this unforeseen event and are doing everything we can to get the clinic’s second floor repaired and re-opened as soon as possible. For more information, please contact physician.relations@seattlechildrens.org.

Learn more about OBCC.

Impacts of RSV on Hospital Care for Pediatric Patients

Washington state is currently experiencing a large RSV wave that is impacting a broad age range of children, with a disproportionate impact on children under the age of 2. Influenza activity in Washington State is now very high and other viruses are circulating also. The strain on hospital capacity is creating a critical situation for pediatric care in our state.

The situation at Seattle Children’s

  • Seattle Children’s has been experiencing record-setting census for inpatients, intensive care units (ICUs) and the Emergency Department (ED). Our capacity situation is critical.
  • Our ED is operating at 100% capacity almost around the clock, and up to 300% capacity in the evenings. We expect ED volumes to increase over the next several months.
  • We are rescheduling nonurgent admissions; surgical cases are being reviewed for need to admit, level of care and/or ability to safely remain in the postanesthesia care unit (PACU). Outpatient procedures and other-day surgery cases are not being screened at this time because they don’t impact inpatient capacity.

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New Fast-Track Psychiatric Consultation Program at Autism Center Prioritizes Timely Access to Quality Care

Seattle Children’s Autism Center is now offering a fast-track program for children and teens already diagnosed with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders and who are struggling with psychiatric or behavioral concerns.

The program offers short-term evaluation and consultation to identify appropriate treatment options. Patients are then returned to their community provider with written recommendations for their ongoing mental health management, which may include medication and/or therapy.  See “What to expect” below for more details on patient hand-off.

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New Resources for PCPs: Microcytic Anemia Algorithm, Hypospadias Algorithm and Neonatal Fever Pathway

Seattle Children’s recently created two new algorithms to support PCPs’ care of their patients:

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Fetal Care and Treatment Center Performs First Successful Laser Ablation Procedure for Twin-to-Twin Syndrome

Seattle Children’s Fetal Care and Treatment Center expanded in October 2021 to offer fetal intervention and surgery. Dr. Bettina Paek and Dr. Martin Walker co-direct the surgery program with Dr. Rebecca Stark and are specialists in using fetoscopic laser ablation for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). They have some of the highest survival rates in the United States.

From Seattle Children’s On the Pulse:

Katie and Nic Harmston were distraught as they drove to Kaiser for an ultrasound in July 2021.

Katie was six and a half weeks pregnant but was experiencing symptoms of a miscarriage. They both feared the worst.The Harmstons held their breath as the ultrasound began.

After a moment, the sonographer smiled and said, “We have a heartbeat.” Katie and Nic were nearly overwhelmed with relief. Then the sonographer said something unexpected.

“Hold on — there are two heartbeats!”

“We were shocked to find out it was twins,” Katie says. “I just started crying and laughing.”

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3 Referral Tips for Ordering Labs

Tips to help your patients get their labs in the most timely, convenient way:

Tip 1:  Use the correct fax number to submit lab orders. The vast majority of lab orders should go to our central lab fax, 206-985-3193, but there are a few exceptions. Knowing about them will help your order be processed without delay.

Orders  Fax # Note
Orders for new collections
(See Exceptions below)
Fax 206-985-3193 Ninety-nine percent of all lab requests will use this number.



    • Sweat chloride test
    • Oral glucose tolerance test
    • Breath tolerance test
    • Platelet aggregation test


Fax 206-985-3124 These procedures require families to have an appointment with the laboratory (no walk-ins). We will call the family to schedule.
Add-on orders
(Collection already done but patient needs additional tests)
Fax 206-987-2631

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Seattle Children’s Code Purple Will Be Replaced With a New System

Seattle Children’s began work last fall to replace Code Purple (a code meant to initiate a de-escalation response when all other interventions to manage behaviors that put people at risk for injury or harm have been unsuccessful).

Replacing Code Purple was critical because it has routinely been used inequitably on Black and African American patients and families.

The new system, called Adaptive Social Response, was created in partnership with families, community leaders and workforce members. Adaptive Social Response provides support tailored for the specific need of a patient, family member or care team member, including specialized support to address issues of equity or discrimination. There is also a pathway specific to addressing violence/threat of violence.

Adaptive Social Response will be launched at the hospital campus and Springbrook Professional Center in early January 2023. Code Purple will no longer be used from that point onward.

Providers looking for more information about the changes to Code Purple at Seattle Children’s may contact behavioralresponse@seattlechildrens.org.