Seattle Seahawks Pay a Special Visit to Seattle Children’s Patients During the Holidays

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith visits with a pediatric patient at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Children’s patients and families were surprised this holiday season when some exciting visitors stopped by – Geno Smith, Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Michael Dickson, punter, Joey Hunt, center, and Jalen McKenzie, tackle.

The players delivered teddy bears, signed autographs, played video games, and shared special moments with our patients and their families.

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New Hub for Autism and Behavioral Health Care, Seattle Children’s Magnuson, Opens Its Doors

Seattle Children’s Magnuson will serve as the new hub for autism and behavioral health care, outreach, training and research

On December 12, 2022, Seattle Children’s opened the doors to Seattle Children’s Magnuson, which will serve as the new hub for autism and behavioral health care, outreach, training and research, in order to better meet the needs of youth and families in our community.

“Seattle Children’s is working to create a future where every young person has access to evidence-based mental and behavioral health services when and where they need them,” said Dr. Carol Rockhill, Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics, Seattle Children’s. “Seattle Children’s Magnuson is a huge step in that direction, providing more treatment rooms and clinical spaces, better technology, gathering spaces for families and children with mental health care needs, autism and more.”

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Fetal Care and Treatment Center Performs Successful First Laser Ablation Procedure for Twin-to-Twin Transfusion Syndrome

Twins Juniper ‘June’ and Hazel’s mom, Katie Harmston, was the first Fetal Care and Treatment Center patient to undergo a laser ablation procedure for TTTS.

 

Katie and Nic Harmston were distraught as they drove to Kaiser for an ultrasound in July 2021. Katie was six and a half weeks pregnant but was experiencing symptoms of a miscarriage. They both feared the worst.

The Harmstons held their breath as the ultrasound began. After a moment, the sonographer smiled and said, “We have a heartbeat.” Katie and Nic were nearly overwhelmed with relief. Then the sonographer said something unexpected.

“Hold on — there are two heartbeats!”

“We were shocked to find out it was twins,” Katie says. “I just started crying and laughing.”

 

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Carlos Vives Pays a Special Visit to Seattle Children’s to Celebrate our Spanish-Speaking Clinics

Carlos Vives (left) and Nicolas Fernandez, MD, PhD, leader of the Spanish Urology Clinic at Seattle Children’s

Read in Spanish below. Leer en Español más abajo.

 

Carlos Vives, Colombian singer, songwriter and actor, paid a special visit to Seattle Children’s on Tuesday, September 20 to learn about our efforts to provide inclusive care for children and patient families whose first language is Spanish.

Vives has been an international figure for decades and is widely celebrated across the globe for his recent performance of ‘Colombia, Mi Encanto’ in the Disney movie ‘Encanto.’

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Generosity in Action: A Special September Celebration at Seattle Children’s Building Cure

Seattle Children’s Research Institute: Building Cure/ Photograph: Paul Dudley

On Thursday, September 8, 2022, Building Cure was lit up in honor of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

As part of the celebration, Seattle Children’s Foundation and Guild Association hosted an event at the space to recognize and thank donors who support pediatric cancer care and research. It was also an opportunity for supporters to meet, engage, and hear updates from Seattle Children’s cancer leaders on the care and research progress we have made, and plans for the upcoming year.

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Neonatal Telehealth Takes Geography out of the Equation to Save Lives

On December 30, 2021, Kelsey Schleppy gave birth to her baby girl, Maleila. Within days of taking her home, Kelsey’s intuition told her something wasn’t right. Her family practice doctor assured her Maleila’s shallow breathing and lack of appetite wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but Kelsey kept a watchful eye, nevertheless. One morning, Kelsey noticed Maleila deteriorating rapidly and made the decision to call 911.

By the time they arrived at their local hospital in Skagit Valley, Maleila no longer had a pulse. She was rushed into Emergency Department (ED) where the team performed chest compressions to resuscitate her. The team also needed to give her epinephrine, but the standard method of inserting an IV in a vein in her arm or leg wasn’t working.

At the same time, many miles away, Dr. Rachel Umoren, Medical Director of Inpatient Telehealth at Seattle Children’s and Associate Professor & Associate Division Head for Research, Neonatology at UW, was the scheduled on-call doctor for Seattle Children’s Telehealth Services. She received a call from Skagit Valley Hospital and dialed into the portable device positioned facing Maleila’s bed.

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Blessing the Seattle Children’s Story Pole

On June 1, 2022, Seattle Children’s opened the doors to our new Forest B building – the latest addition to the Seattle Children’s hospital campus.

When Seattle Children’s began planning for the Forest B building 10 years ago, we wanted to formally recognize that the hospital is located on the traditional land of the Coast Salish people through an art installation in the lobby. We sought out an artist with a deep understanding of the Pacific Northwest and a whimsical style that patients and families could connect with. We were lucky to find Shaun “Qwalsius” Peterson, who has been creating public art inspired by the Puyallup people’s heritage and the greater Pacific Northwest region for more than 20 years. Qwalsius designed, carved and erected a Story Pole in the Forest B lobby that will now be enjoyed by all the patients, families and workforce members who walk through our doors for decades to come. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Opens New “Forest B” Building

New “Forest B” Building Features More In-Patient and Operating Rooms, Cancer and Blood Disorders Care Facilities and more

On June 1st, Seattle Children’s opens the latest addition to the hospital campus — a building called “Forest B.”  Forest B is a project over 10 years in the making and will add an additional 310,000 square feet of space to the hospital campus.  

“Forest B is a critical addition to Seattle Children’s, given our region’s incredible historic and anticipated growth,” said Mandy Hansen, senior director of planning, design, and construction at Seattle Children’s. “The building gives our care teams the space they need to provide lifesaving and life-changing treatments, surgeries and procedures to even more patients in the coming years. The thoughtful design will also help us integrate more of our breakthrough research into the clinical care environment as we tirelessly work toward cures.”  Read full post »

Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center Re-Opens with a Remodeled Space and In-Person Classes

Just in time for Autism Acceptance Month, the Seattle Children’s Alyssa Burnett Adult Life Center (ABC), which offers lifelong learning for people 18+ with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities, reopened its expanded doors in late March, rolling out in-person classes for the first time since the COVID pandemic began.   

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Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Othello: Artist Spotlight Part 5

A five-part series highlighting the local artists commissioned to contribute original artwork to the new clinic 

This is part five of a five-part series. 

 

On March 7, 2022, Seattle Children’s new Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) opened the doors to begin serving patients from a second location in the Othello Square complex. In order to deepen the connection with the area, some 21 artists from the local community who are Black, Latinx or Indigenous were commissioned to contribute more than 30 pieces of original artwork in the new building. Using the guiding principles of art that would support health through nature, celebrate inclusiveness, cultivate wonder and joy, and celebrate and honor history, artwork was carefully selected and placed throughout the clinic to enrich the space. Take a journey below through the special artwork showcased throughout the clinic. 

 

Rae Akino 

Inner Child #1, 2019; Inner Child #2, 2019 – located on the exterior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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