• Seattle Children’s is experiencing record-setting census for inpatients, intensive care units (ICUs) and the Emergency Department (ED).
  • We also continue to treat high numbers of patients experiencing mental and behavioral health crises.
  • Regionally, hospitals across Washington state continue to report strained pediatric capacity.
  • Seattle Children’s has implemented a variety of surge plans to help us meet the demand for our services while ensuring we deliver the best possible care. Many of those plans are having a positive impact, but the capacity situation is still critical.
  • Leaders are huddling daily to monitor the situation and propose additional solutions.
  • When sending families to the ED, please call our Communications Center first (206-987-8899) to help with staffing and space planning. Advise families to expect longer-than-typical wait times and that we are triaging to see the sickest patients first.

For More Information: Please refer to our Emergency or Urgent Care Referral Guide when sending patients to Seattle Children’s.