Archive for March 2011

Where’s Waldo™ Comes to Seattle Children’s Hospital

There is something new on the Seattle Children’s Hospital construction site. As a way to engage Children’s patients, families and visitors, the hospital, in partnership with Sellen Construction, is launching a Where’s Waldo™ game in the month of March.

You may have spotted a Where’s Waldo figure in his signature red and white striped shirt and cap on the grounds. We hope to provide a fun, interactive way to follow the progress as we build a new hospital of the future, with initial focus on building space to care for cancer and critical-care patients.  Read full post »

Livable Streets Initiative Gathers Momentum

Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Guest blog, by Paulo Nunes-Ueno, director of Seattle Children’s Transportation Department

Seattle Children’s kicked off the Livable Streets Initiative last year with the goal of working with our community to improve mobility, safety and livability in Northeast Seattle. A key focus was to achieve these goals through improvements to the walking and bicycling environment. Through the course of this effort, three central themes emerged: Read full post »

Floral Fragrance Helps Create a Healing Environment

Seattle Children’s is committed to providing a healing environment for patients and visitors, including awakening the senses through the cultivation of a lush landscape across the hospital grounds. During winter, the grounds team relies on the wintersweet plant (Chimonanthus praecox), known for its subtle and pleasing fragrance, near hospital entry ways to captivate a visitor’s sense of smell. The team believes that small touches, such as a wonderful scent or cheering flower in winter, all add up to a positive experience in one’s day to day encounters at the hospital. In the colder months of December through Mid-March, when most plants fade, the wintersweet provides the benefit of both a flowering bloom and fragrance. This translucent light yellow flower with purple inner petals is thriving and on display now at the hospital for all to see.

Watch this video with Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s:

Weekend Transportation Workshop Reminder

We hope you can join us for this weekend’s community meeting about transportation improvements happening in NE Seattle: 

March 19, 2011   
Workshop    
10am to 2pm    
Laurelhurst Elementary  
Lunchroom/Auditorium  
4530 46th Ave NE   
Seattle, WA 98105   Read full post »

Certificate of Need Approval Announcement

Guest Blog from Dr. Tom Hansen, CEO, Lisa Brandenburg, SVP and Chief Administrative Officer and Dr. Sandy Melzer, SVP of Strategic Planning and Business Development

We are pleased to share with you that Seattle Children’s received the certificate of need today from the Washington State Department of Health, approving a total of 121 additional licensed beds (100 acute pediatric care and 21 psychiatric beds) on the hospital campus.

This wonderful news comes at a time when we are seeing rapid growth in our patient care volume which has put a strain on our existing facilities, and at times has required us to divert patients needing our care to other hospitals. While we have effectively used continuous performance improvement to improve efficiency and maximize our space to accommodate as many patients as possible, our current rate of growth requires us to prepare now to meet future need.

The first 60 to 80 additional inpatient beds will be in service in 2013 with the opening of the first phase of the Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion. This first building also provides space for a kitchen, service dock, and an improved emergency department.

If you have questions  you can call 206-987-6197.  If you have an emergency you can call our 24-hour hotline at 206-987-7744 or you can e-mail us at construction@seattlechildrens.org.

Modular Move to Construction Site Extended

Seattle Children’s Hospital is extending plans to move an existing modular building across the hospital campus and onto the construction site. The move set for March 9 and 10 will extend through early in the morning on March 12. All moves will occur between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The move will take place along the hospital’s Penny Drive.  We plan to do everything we can to keep noise to a minimum. Read full post »

What does the future of Cancer Care and Critical Care at Children’s look like?

What today looks like big equipment and trucks full of construction materials is in fact the very first steps toward the future of world class cancer and critical care at Seattle Children’s.  Looking at the hospital construction site now, it might be hard to picture what the finished product of the initial phase of Building Hope: Cancer and Critical Care Expansion will look like. To give you a visual, below are some new renderings of the exterior and first floor entrance; a patient room; family lounge; quiet room; and gym space. Read full post »

Modular Move Planned to Construction Site

Seattle Children’s Hospital plans to move an existing modular building across the hospital campus and onto the construction site on March 9 and 10 between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. The move will take place along the hospital’s Penny Drive.  We plan to do everything we can to keep noise to a minimum. Read full post »

Planting a Year-Round Garden – Winter Grass

Guest blog by:  Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s

Winter Grass is one plant that can add color, texture and interest to support a year-round garden. When you think about planting your perennial garden in this northwest climate, consider plants like the Winter Grass, so that whatever the season, your garden can dazzle the observer. One of the winter interest grasses we use is Calamagrostis acutiflorum “Overdam”. It in fact is useful in all four seasons, giving you more benefit for your dollars. Read full post »

Upcoming Weekend Work Planned on Power Lines

A Seattle City Light team will be working on power lines this Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to support the Seattle Children’s Hospital expansion project. There will be service trucks parked along 45th Street as they install underground power service and remove existing overhead power lines along the Plaza walk. This power line cutover will provide underground power to the hospital that was previously above ground. No interruption of service is anticipated. The work is expected to continue regardless of weather—rain or shine.

If you have questions  you can call 206-987-6197.  If you have an emergency you can call our 24-hour hotline at 206-987-7744 or you can e-mail us at construction@seattlechildrens.org.