Archive for September 2011

Ironworkers Bring Cheer to Seattle Children’s Patients

The Seattle Times, Q13 Fox News and King 5 all covered the amazing work the Ironworkers Local 86 crew is doing to brighten the spirits of Seattle Children’s patients. Below are links to each story featuring Julian, 4 and Zac, 16. The story was also featured on the front page of the Seattle Times. To read more about the beam signing, click here


*Be sure to check out the overwhelmingly positive reader comments!

Perspective From a Cancer Patient’s Father

Guest Blog with Mike Fitzgerald

When our 2-year-old son Jackson was diagnosed with cancer, it was the worst news we had ever received.

As new cancer parents, there are so many unknowns… and the last thing you want is another family in the only space you’ve got – your hospital room – sharing all your personal, intimate actions and emotions.

Most nights we were fortunate not to have to share a room, but when we did it definitely added to our stress and anxieties. Read full post »

Lighting Things Up to Keep Workers Safe

This week, lights will be installed on Pagasa, the tower crane on the construction site. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 28, these lights will be on Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Next Monday, Oct. 3, lights will be installed inside the building structure and will be on during the same hours as the crane. Read full post »

More About the Building Hope Mock-up

In July we introduced you to the Building Hope mock-up that can be seen on the construction site. It’s made up of two 31-foot-tall by 15-foot-wide exterior walls erected to form a ‘corner’ of the building and show the elements of the building and the major exterior finish conditions.

Here’s some more information about the design and materials planned for the new building: Read full post »

Video Series Highlights the People Who Make Up Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s launched an online video series in March called “I Am Seattle Children’s,” and we’d like to share them with you! Through these brief video vignettes, you get a rare, personal look at the people who make up Children’s.

You’ll meet a cancer nurse who uses art to help patients celebrate their major milestones; follow a volunteer who strums happiness into the hearts of many; and meet a child life specialist who loses a friendly bet to his patient and ends up giving her a day to remember. Read full post »

More Names Appearing on Beams

New names are appearing on our beams every day!  Kids (or their family members) can write their first names on paper signs and place them in their room widows; when the ironworkers spot the signs, they paint the children’s names on beams that face the hospital. Read full post »

Teens Fighting Cancer Share Their Perspectives on Space

It’s obvious from our name that Seattle Children’s is a pediatric hospital. But we don’t just treat infants and small children… a large percentage of our patients are teens and young adults.

Children’s recently conducted an Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) focus group to hear first-hand from them what they’d like to see in the new Building Hope expansion. Here’s what some of them had to say about space, privacy and sharing rooms. Read full post »

Building Hope: Cancer

Our patients and families – and the staff who care for them – intimately understand the pressing need to expand our cancer unit. In this video you’ll meet patients, families, doctors and nurses who share what it’s like to receive and provide care in the existing facility, and why when you’re battling something as serious as cancer, having single rooms is so important – both for privacy and for safety. Seeing the hospital experience from their perspective illuminates why Children’s is Building Hope and expanding our facility to meet the needs of the children and families who need us most.

Kids on Children’s Inpatient Units Say ‘Beam Me Up!’ to Ironworkers

Members of Ironworkers Local 86 who work on the Building Hope construction site are sharing good wishes with kids on Children’s inpatient units by painting get well messages on beams that are part of the new building’s structure. Kids (or their family members) can write their first names on paper signs and place them in their room widows; when the ironworkers spot the signs, they paint the children’s names on beams that face the hospital (see photo). Read full post »

Backfill Work Starting Monday, Sept. 19

Starting Monday, Sept. 19, Sellen will be using a backhoe and excavator to place and compact backfill material around the Seattle City Light transformer vaults. These vaults are big concrete boxes in the ground that hold equipment to transform the incoming electrical power into voltage that is used in the building. The work is expected to take about five days, and will cause some noise and vibration for people in the hospital’s Train zone. Read full post »