Seattle Children's Provider News

An Update on COVID-19 and Our Hospital Capacity

From: Dr. Brianna Enriquez, Medical Director of Emergency Management and Dr. Elaine Albert, Medical Director, Inpatient Access

Washington state:

  • This has been a very challenging few months in the pandemic, as the omicron variant led to all-time highs in COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths.

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A Conversation With Dr. Josiah Peñalver and Dr. Matthew Studer About Pediatric Chest Pain and COVID-19

We have been seeing an uptick in the number of youth coming to the Heart Center for chest pain over the last several months and more questions than usual about chest pain from PCPs. We asked Dr. Josiah Peñalver and Dr. Matthew Studer, pediatric cardiologists with the Seattle Children’s Heart Center, why more kids are experiencing chest pain lately and what information could be helpful for community providers who are seeing these patients in primary care. Here’s what they had to say:

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Meet Dr. Mignon Loh: Seattle Children’s New Leader of Cancer and Blood Disorders Care and Research

Seattle Children’s recently named Mignon Loh, MD, the new leader of Cancer and Blood Disorders Care and Research

Meet Dr. Mignon Loh

Seattle Children’s is thrilled to introduce Dr. Mignon Loh as our new leader of Cancer and Blood Disorders Care and Research. Dr. Loh joins us from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospitals, where her titles included Chief of Pediatric Oncology. Her vision: Keep Seattle Children’s at the leading edge of pediatric cancer and blood disorders care, while building on our research progress to make Seattle Children’s a driving force behind more advances that cure children worldwide.

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Improving Timely EMS Treatment for Kids With Seizures: The PediDOSE Study

Seattle Children’s is participating in a new clinical trial in collaboration with King County Emergency Medical Services (EMS): the Pediatric Dose Optimization for Seizures in EMS (PediDOSE) study. In 2022, we will begin enrolling patients at Seattle Children’s over a period of four years in this multicenter, stepped-wedge design trial to compare paramedic-administered conventional and standardized dosing of midazolam for pediatric seizures in the out-of-hospital setting.

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Seattle Children’s Welcomes Dr. Burt Yaszay as Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


Seattle Children’s is excited to welcome Dr. Burt Yaszay as the new chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Seattle Children’s. Yaszay comes to Seattle Children’s with a bright vision for the future, as well as a deep respect for the roots in which Seattle Children’s was founded.

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CMEs, Conferences and Events

  • Practical Pediatrics for the Primary Care Provider. February 5, 2022, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (virtual). Category 1 CME. Learn more. Register now.
  • Pediatric Mental Health CME Event hosted by the Partnership Access Line. February 26, 2022, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (virtual). Learn more. Register now.

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Grand Rounds: February and March 2022

Provider Grand Rounds

Year-round on Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. Learn more.

  • February 3, 2022: Acupuncture for Pain in Pediatrics: A Promising Non-Pharmacologic Therapy. Klavano Holistic Care Lecture. Shiu Lin Tsai, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics in Emergency Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center.

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Referral Backlog Reduced to 24 to 36 Hours

Seattle Children’s has been able to significantly reduce the referral backlog that has slowed our intake process over the last two months. We are now taking 24 to 36 hours to process incoming referrals (which means to finalize them and put them in the queue) – down from 2 to 3 days earlier in January. They are triaged and scheduled after that.  The backlog in referrals originated with unanticipated staffing shortages in our clinical intake team in December. We are continuing to train and onboard new staff to ensure prompt attention to all provider referrals. Thank you for your patience.

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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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Case Study: Chronic Recurrent Multifocal Osteomyelitis (CRMO) Presenting as Bony Pain in a Young Soccer Player

Authors: Natalie Rosenwasser and Dan (Yongdong) Zhao

Related Reading: When Bone Pain Isn’t What You Think: Recognizing CRMO in Primary Care, Provider News, December 2021.

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