1. Our Commitment to Being an Anti-Racist, Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Institution: Sharing the Detailed Recommendations from the Covington and Burling Assessment

A Message from Dr. Jeff Sperring, CEO:

The Hospital Board of Trustees has voted to release the detailed recommendations and summary findings presented by Covington and Burling following their assessment of Seattle Children’s efforts to combat racism and promote diversity, equity and inclusion. I am grateful to the Board for making this decision. The assessment made clear that Seattle Children’s has not lived up to the standards and the values we set for ourselves. As CEO, I commit to you we will do better, and this work is my top priority. An internal Task Force representing a cross-section of our organization has been formed to create an action plan by September 1, 2021 to address Covington’s findings and recommendations. We have asked Covington to assess our progress against that action plan and report back their findings to the community. We commit to all these actions to honor the trust our community has placed in Seattle Children’s.

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2. Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Clinics Are at Full Capacity

All of Seattle Children’s Urgent Care clinics are currently operating at full capacity daily. The hospital also continues to see high patient volumes in our ED and inpatient settings and is experiencing staff shortages in some areas.

We urge primary care providers to continue to manage patients in their medical home whenever possible. If you are sending a patient to the ED, please help us prepare by contacting our Communications Center at 206-987-8899.

We appreciate your collaboration in helping patients and families access care in the most appropriate setting.

Call to Action: Please manage patients in their medical home whenever possible to help reduce visits to Seattle Children’s Urgent Care clinics and ED.