Seattle Children's Provider News

Caring for the (Whole) Child With Cleft Lip and Palate: A Q&A With Dr. Kelly Evans

Dr. Evans is one of the pediatricians on the Craniofacial team at Seattle Children’s.

How common is cleft lip and palate?

Roughly 1 in 1,000 babies is born with cleft lip and/or palate. It’s one of the most common birth defects in the United States along with congenital heart defects, Down syndrome and spina bifida. The exact cause is often unknown, but researchers believe it’s usually a combination of genetic and other factors, for example, environmental factors.

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PCP Resources From Seattle Children’s

As a reminder, more than 50 algorithms and other resources for PCPs are available from Seattle Children’s on our website to support your patient care.

  • Please visit Algorithms for Referring Providers (conditions listed A to Z) and Provider Resources for Clinical Care (our nonalgorithm resources) to see what’s available. Remember to bookmark these sites.
  • Alternatively, we created a flyer with links to the sites above and to the specific algorithms and other resources available.
  • These resources help PCPs know the best treatment protocols, when to refer a patient for specialty care and which specialty clinic to refer to.

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination as of July 30, 2021:

  • Patients tested for COVID-19: 41,809
    • Positive (detected plus inconclusive): 1,193 (2.9%)
    • Negative: 40,616 (97.1%)
  • Vaccine doses administered: 53,411

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Exploring a New Path Forward for Pediatric Cancer Care and Research

Seattle Children’s is working in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, UW Medicine and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to explore restructuring our longtime relationship to accelerate our shared mission of advancing diagnosis, treatment and pioneering of cures for cancer and other diseases. If the proposed restructure is finalized and approved, it will establish an adult-focused oncology program and a separate pediatric oncology program that operate collaboratively and will integrate the innovative cancer research from Fred Hutch, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s.

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Spanish Urology Clinic

Seattle Children’s now offers an inclusive Spanish Urology Clinic for children in families that speak Spanish as their primary language. It is staffed by Dr. Nicolas Fernandez and other bilingual providers who may provide care and after-visit summaries in both English and Spanish. The clinic operates at both the Seattle hospital campus and Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center. Telehealth visits are available for most conditions, including for the first visit, to make the clinic more accessible to families.

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Seattle Children’s Ranked Among the Best in U.S., Top 3 on West Coast

U.S. News & World Report again named Seattle Children’s among the nation’s best children’s hospitals in 2021, out of nearly 200 pediatric hospitals evaluated. Seattle Children’s is the top-ranked pediatric hospital in Washington and the Pacific Northwest, and among the top three pediatric hospitals in the Pacific region, which includes California, Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and Washington. For more than a decade, Seattle Children’s has been nationally ranked in every area, and for 2021, 3 specialties are in the top 10 of the 10 specialties that are ranked:

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Seattle Children’s Collaborates With Bozeman Health to Support Future Expansion of Pediatric Specialty Services in Southwest Montana

Seattle Children’s is pleased to announce an exciting future collaboration with Bozeman Health to expand locally available pediatric specialty medicine and behavioral health services in Southwest Montana.

The pediatric specialties we plan to collaborate on include cardiology, general surgery, oncology, orthopedics, psychiatry and behavioral medicine and other wellness services. Seattle Children’s providers will live in Montana and see patients at Bozeman Health’s Deaconess Hospital.

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CMEs, Conferences and Grand Rounds

CMEs and Conferences

  • Center of Excellence Training: Autism Spectrum Disorder: September 24, 2021, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Space is limited. Register by September 20, 2021. The training covers how to appropriately diagnose children and youth with autism, determine which evidence-based treatments are likely to be helpful and help them and their families access needed resources. Center of Excellence Training Flyer. Learn more.
  • The Young Gymnast — Injury, Rehabilitation and Return to Sport: A 7-hour CME course on September 25, 2021, offered by the Sports Medicine Team at Seattle Children’s. Learn more and register at:

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New Medical Staff: August 2021

Medical Providers

  • Kaitlyn Freeman, DO, Seattle Children’s, Cardiology
  • Kestutis Aukstuolis, DO, NW Asthma & Allergy Center, PS – Seattle, Allergy

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Special Update: Message from Susan Betcher, Chair of the Hospital Board of Trustees and Jeff Sperring, MD, Chief Executive Officer

Letter to Seattle Children’s workforce and community from Susan Betcher, Chair of the Hospital Board of Trustees and Jeff Sperring, MD, Chief Executive Officer, regarding Covington & Burling’s Assessment of Seattle Children’s Efforts to Combat Racism and Promote Systemwide Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We want to communicate directly to our workforce, patients and families, the community, and other stakeholders – that the independent assessment of Seattle Children’s efforts to combat racism and promote diversity, equity and inclusion led by Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder of the Covington law firm is complete. The Board has unanimously adopted their recommendations as set forth in their summary.

Moving forward, we will act with an unwavering commitment to deliver equitable treatment of pediatric care and pursue equitable treatment across Seattle Children’s workforce while promoting anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion for all. Where our past actions have not lived up to our aspirations and values, we are resolved to not only do better but lead the way. This is an enormous task, but one we fully embrace. Read full post »