Seattle Children's Provider News

I Was Not Ready to Die: How Seattle Children’s Immunotherapy Saved My Life

Seattle Children’s doctors and researchers are leading efforts to better treat cancer in children, adolescents and young adults by boosting the immune system with T-cell immunotherapy. Patients who cannot be cured with standard therapies are benefiting from clinical trials developed at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research, and supported by the Strong Against Cancer initiative. 

One of these patients is Aaron. When he feared he might be out of treatment options, Aaron found hope at Seattle Children’s. 

Read Aaron’s story on Seattle Children’s blog On The Pulse.
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Register for Pediatric Advanced Life Support Training

Register today for upcoming Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) courses.

To see all course information and upcoming dates visit: Providers seeking the full course training may appreciate the one day PALS Provider Course for Physicians and Advanced Practitioners offered Sept. 8.

The official American Heart Association (AHA) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) curriculum includes:

  • Video and PALS Instructor-led science, resuscitation skills and case scenario simulation
  • Skills test with team approach in cardiac, respiratory and shock case scenarios
  • Written exam in class for Provider and Renewal courses
  • On-line exam for HeartCode PALS Part 1
  • For HeartCode PALS, Part 1 online learning and Part 2 in-class skills test, for either initial PALS certification or renewal
  • PALS Provider certification eCard issued upon successful completion of objectives

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CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On April 12, Dr. Raina Voss and Julia Crouch will be presenting on “Caring for Transgender Youth in Bellevue. For more information, please contact Physician Liaisons Jen Mueller at or Patti Kilburn at

On April 18, Dr. Salaam Sallaam will be presenting on “Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Death” in Wenatchee. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at

On April 26, Dr. Niviann Blondet will be presenting on “Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease” in Yakima. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Kenton McAllister at

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Jamie Stokke, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology
  • James Peacey, MD, Seattle Children’s, Psychiatry
  • Lourdes DelRosso, MD, M.Ed., Seattle Children’s, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

Allied Health Professionals

  • Kelly Peterson, ARNP, Seattle Children’s, Plastic Surgery

Seattle Children’s to Launch Online Appointment Scheduling Mar. 14

Seattle Children’s is making several changes to our Urgent Care clinics to better manage our demand and improve the experience for families.

Starting Mar. 14, Children’s will offer same-day appointment scheduling online and by phone (206-987-2211) for our urgent care locations in Bellevue, Federal Way, Mill Creek and Seattle. (The ability to schedule and phone number will not work until Mar. 14).

Limited walk-in appointments are also available. If families do not schedule in advance, and we do not have appointments when they arrive, we will do our best to provide them with information about other locations that can care for their child.

Families should arrive 15 minutes before their appointment time to check in. If families are more than 15 minutes late for their appointment, we may need to reschedule.

Additionally, Children’s Urgent Care clinics no longer offer unique holiday hours. Our Urgent Care locations are open seven days a week, including holidays. Our regular hours, including holidays, are:

  • Weekdays: 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Weekends: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Finally, Urgent Care clinics have also updated their scope of care. This includes:

  • No sedation will be administered in urgent care. Laceration repairs needing sedation will be referred to the Emergency Department (ED).
  • While most of our patients respond well to oral rehydration, those requiring IV hydration will be referred to the ED.
  • High score asthmatics needing continuous nebulization treatments will be transferred to the ED.

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CME Events

The following CME Events are being held this month:

On March 10, Dr. Yolanda Evans will be presenting on “Contraception for Adolescents” in Everett. For more information, please contact Physician Liaison Jen Mueller at Read full post »

New Medical Staff

Medical Providers

  • Deema Arafah, MD, Seattle Children’s, Adolescent Medicine
  • Christopher Blosser, MD, University of Washington, Nephrology
  • Michele Gasper, MD, Pediatric Associates of Whidbey Island, Pediatrics
  • Marc Levitt, MD, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Surgery
  • Adam Sassoon, MD, Hip and Knee Center at Northwest Outpatient Medical Center, Orthopedics
  • Meera Srikanthan, MD, Seattle Children’s, Hematology-Oncology

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Congratulations to 2018 Molteni and Thomas Award Winners

Seattle Children’s Richard A. Molteni and Elizabeth Thomas awards were presented Mar. 6 at the annual medical staff celebration. Nominated by their peers, recipients were recognized for the outstanding work they do on behalf of our patients and families.

And the winners are….

  • Dennis Shaw, MD, Radiology, Seattle Children’s
  • Jeannie Larsen, MD, Pediatrics, Allegro Pediatrics
  • April Morris, ARNP, Neonatology, Seattle Children’s


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Born With a Hole in His Heart, Hybrid Procedure Helps Rowen Thrive

When Chelsie McKinney and her husband welcomed baby Rowen into the world in November 2017, they thought he was “absolutely perfect.”

“He was a big, strong and beautiful boy,” McKinney said. “We counted his fingers and toes like all parents do, and he seemed perfectly healthy. We were so excited to bring him home.”

However, before Rowen was discharged from the hospital, doctors noticed he had a heart murmur. An echocardiogram indicated he had a hole in the wall between the lower two chambers of his heart, which is called a ventricular septal defect (VSD).

Read more of Rowan’s story on Seattle Children’s blog On The Pulse.

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Seattle Children’s Launches Follow-Up Phone Call Process

Seattle Children’s has launched a new follow-up phone call process.

Within two days of leaving the hospital, patient families will now receive a call from our automated system. During this call, our system will ask questions about the patient’s recovery and see if the family needs additional help.

Please share with your patients what they can expect from the call:

  • The number calling you will be 206-981-5036. The caller ID will include your name and the words “SCH Care Team.”
  • Using the keypad on your phone, answer the questions about your health and progress.
  • Based on your answers, a nurse may call you back to offer help and instructions.

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