On the Pulse

Legislative Wins for Child and Youth Behavioral Health in Washington State

The 2022 Washington State Legislative session concluded in mid-March, after a whirlwind 60-day session. This was a historic session for many reasons, especially for child and youth behavioral health.  There has been a growing focus on the national youth mental health crisis over the past year, and we are thrilled at the investment and commitment demonstrated in the legislature.  Read full post »


Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Othello: Artist Spotlight Part 4

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

This is part four of a five-part series. Tune in each Friday to see more of our featured local artists. 

 

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. 

 

Erin Shigaki  

Usagi と Kitsune (Rabbit + Fox), 2021 – located in a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Playroom

My parents made books exciting and essential for my sisters and me. We were luckily immersed in both American and Japanese children’s tales. In Japanese lore, both rabbit and fox exhibit a range of qualities from kind and selfless, to mischievous and sometimes misguided. My piece is about these complexities within each of us. Regardless, we all deserve bountiful adventures, dreams, and lives. 

 

 

 

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Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Othello: Artist Spotlight Part 3

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

This is part three of a five-part series. Tune in each Friday to see more of our featured local artists. 

 

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. 

 

Vikram Madan 

World Tree, 2021 – located in exit stairway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The tree is a metaphor for shelter and community, a gathering place for ‘birds’ of different kinds. Birds, like humans, often make long migrations, which highlight not just their tenacity, but also their fragility and resilience. This artwork uses birds and trees to celebrate diversity, neighborhood, and welcoming community spaces.” 

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HHS Secretary Admiral Levine Visits Seattle Children’s to Discuss Youth Mental Health Crisis

Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health, made a rare visit to Seattle Children’s on Tuesday. Her visit included a tour of the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU), Emergency Department and the Seattle Children’s Gender Clinic.   Read full post »


Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Othello: Artist Spotlight Part 2

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

This is part two of a five-part series. Tune in each Friday to see more of our featured local artists.

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.  

 

Ari Glass 

Path to the Golden Age, 2021 – located in the dental waiting room

“Behold! This artwork serves as a continuation of the mural on the Othello Safeway I painted in collaboration with Craig Cundiff and Henry Luke. Guided by the Sun, endemic species of birds, flowers and animals reflect the people and cultures historically present in Othello. This mural was painted to reverberate a spirit of well-being and engage visitors in modes of play, rest, and discovery.” 

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Seattle Children’s Mobile ECMO Service Treats Critically Ill Kids During Transport Across More Than a Million Square Miles

In 2016, Seattle Children’s extended their mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) capabilities to provide the service to critically ill children during transport to the hospital from anywhere in a five-state region. ECMO is an advanced life-support therapy that functions for the heart and lungs when the organs fail or need to rest. Seattle Children’s became the first children’s hospital on the West Coast to offer mobile ECMO service, providing critically ill patients with life-saving cardiac, respiratory or transplant care while they are being transported to the hospital.

“The main reason we developed mobile ECMO is because it enables us to take care of kids over a very broad region and offer the same type of high-level medical care to the kids who are not fortunate to live near a hospital like Seattle Children’s,” said Dr. Michael McMullan, chief of Cardiac Surgery and director of mechanical cardiac support and extracorporeal life support services at Seattle Children’s, as well as an professor of surgery at the UW School of Medicine. “When we looked at data in Washington state, we found that kids who do not live near a hospital like ours are at a three-fold increased risk of dying of illness due to a lack of access to care.” Read full post »


Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic Othello: Artist Spotlight Part 1

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

This is part one of a five-part series. Tune in each Friday to see more of our featured local artists. 

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. 

Addie Boswell

The World’s Welcome, 2021 – located in the waiting room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Designed to be welcoming for all, the waiting room has vibrant colors and nooks that function as ‘front porches.’ What if one of those front porches let the outside in? I started my mural as a window looking out into the neighborhood, but found an open door was even better. It is a beautiful day in Rainier Valley, and our heroine is ready to step out and join it.” Read full post »


Seattle Children’s Therapeutics Announces Expansive Collaboration with Cellevolve to Advance Research for Childhood Brain Cancers

Seattle Children’s Therapeutics, a venture at Seattle Children’s, bringing cutting edge, curative technologies and therapies to defeat pediatric cancer and other diseases that impact children, today announced a collaboration with Cellevolve Bio, a development and commercialization company focused on cell therapies, aimed at developing and commercializing a suite of novel multiplex chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) for the treatment of pediatric central nervous system (CNS) malignancies.

Under the exclusive agreement, Seattle Children’s Therapeutics will conduct early-stage and pre-clinical discovery, and Phase 1 clinical trial development. Cellevolve will lead Phase 2 and subsequent clinical development with key Seattle Children’s Therapeutics involvement. Read full post »


Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) Othello Opens its Doors in South Seattle

The new clinic marks the second location for OBCC, expanding to serve patients where they are

Today, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) Othello clinic opened its doors in the new Othello Square complex. Inside the 42,000 square-foot space, patients will have access to an innovative, integrated approach to care – where medical, dental, behavioral health, physical therapy and rehabilitation, nutrition services and more are available under the same roof, at the same appointment, if needed. And, as always, the clinic’s ‘Quality Care with Dignity’ mission means we care for each patient’s whole health regardless of a family’s ability to pay. The new OBCC Othello location brings these services closer to the 75% of our existing clinic families who have moved to south for more affordable housing.

“We are excited to be able to meet families where they are and making it more convenient to receive the services they need in a holistic way,” said Dr. Shaquita Bell, senior medical director, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic. “If a patient makes an appointment for one issue, but another one arises, we will be able to provide those added services on the spot.”

With the support of donors who contributed more than $125 million to community health and wellness initiatives, Seattle Children’s invested $52 million to build this second OBCC location in south Seattle and approved a long-term financial support plan that includes $37.5 million in operational funds and a $125 million endowment. The support plan ensures OBCC’s financial health and mission to provide equitable pediatric care to current and future generations. Read full post »


A New Neurosurgical Procedure is Bringing Promising Seizure Relief to Some Epilepsy Patients

Epilepsy can be very difficult to treat – and some families explore a range of options seeking relief from seizures for a child with epilepsy looking for a solution. For 14-year-old Taylor Johnson, a procedure known as deep brain stimulation (DBS) resulted in her experiencing a completely new life and the significant seizure relief she and her family have been trying to find.

In deep brain stimulation, a small battery-powered device sends low-level electrical signals through the brain. The device is similar to a pacemaker in that it uses electrical pulses to help regulate brain function. It can be programmed remotely to help regulate brain function and reduce seizures.

During surgery, a neurosurgeon places two thin electrical wires into deep brain tissue. The wires are connected to a small battery that can be controlled remotely to stimulate the area of the brain called the thalamus. The thalamus is the central point for relaying signals to other parts of the brain. Read full post »