Archive for October 2011

New Where’s Waldo? Book Available for Patients


It seems you can find Waldo just about everywhere on Seattle Children’s campus these days! He’s still popping up in different places on the construction site, and now our patients can try to find him in a new Where’s Waldo? book we’re making available to them. Read full post »

Construction Work Taking Place Saturday, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5

A crew from Sellen will be conducting some work on the Seattle Children’s Hospital construction site Saturday October 29th, and Saturday November 5th, beginning at 9:00 a.m. The crew will complete work no later than 5:00 pm each day. Read full post »

Designing for the Safety of Our Patients

A lot of effort has gone into the design of Building Hope. Ultimately, we are focused on the safety and satisfaction of our patients, their families and our staff. The planning, testing and implementing that has already taken place, and that which will occur now and into the future, is conducted under the following guiding principles: Read full post »

Children’s Community Says Thank You to Ironworkers

Patients, families, staff and the surrounding community were all touched when Ironworkers Local 86 began spray painting names of patients on the steel beams that make up the structure of the Building Hope expansion. Today, we invited people to share a note of thanks on our Facebook page and the response has been wonderful. Read full post »

Okay, Now We’re REALLY Tops!

On Friday, Oct. 21, Ironworkers Local 86 and The Erection Company (TEC), placed the final beam atop the new Building Hope structure. Ironworkers gathered to sign the beam and watch as it was put into place. As part of the topping out tradition, an evergreen tree and American flag were hoisted on the final beam and can now be seen at the top of the structure. Read full post »

Generator Load Testing Taking Place Oct. 27, 28, 31 and Nov. 1

As part of Children’s annual regulatory requirements, generator load testing will take place at the main hospital campus on Oct. 27, 28, 31 and Nov. 1 (there is no testing over the weekend). Testing will begin between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. each day. There will not be any impact to power at the hospital; there may be some noise associated with the testing. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Scott Flowers at ext. 7-3962.

Design Event Captures the Perspectives of Nurses

The design of Building Hope certainly hasn’t happened in a vacuum. It has involved input from world-class architects, engineers and builders, but the perspectives of the staff members, patients and families who will occupy the new building have also been carefully considered. After all, who better to share their ideas and opinions than the people who use the space?

Seattle Children’s recently held a design event where several of our nurses were invited to provide feedback on how to make the new space the best that it can be. They were shown blueprints, tabletop replicas and a warehouse-sized mock-up of the new building. Read full post »

Designing a Best-of-the-Best Emergency Department

During the week of Oct. 3, a group of more than 50 people, including patient family members and Seattle Children’s employees representing both clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital came together for an Emergency Department Design Event.

Their mission: To design a space that will meet the needs of patients, families and staff in Children’s new Emergency Department, part of the Building Hope expansion. More specifically, an ED that promotes a safe environment for patients, families and staff; and one that makes the best use of space, with appropriate and necessary supplies and equipment close at hand. Read full post »

Building Hope: Emergency Department (ED)

If you’ve ever ended up in an emergency department, you know that waiting for a room and being seen by a clinician can be painstakingly slow. This video provides a glimpse of what it’s like to end up in Seattle Children’s Emergency Department, and why there’s such a critical need to expand this small and crowded space… both for the comfort and safety of patients, families and staff. Seeing the ED 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. Read full post »

Perspective from a Teen with Cancer

Guest Blog with Cristina Scalzo

Hi! My name is Cristina Scalzo and just a year ago at the age of 16 I was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia). This year has been quite an interesting experience for me and my family. I am happy to say I am officially in remission and successfully transitioned back into normal life. Read full post »