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Archive for January 2012

Waldo Discovers: What’s in a Hat?

I love hats! You’ll never see me anywhere without my own special red and white stripey hat. Did you know that you can sometimes tell what a construction worker does for their job, just by looking at the color of their hard hat? Now when you watch the workers, you might be able to guess what they’re working on from this clue. Different colors help everyone know who does what, and also know where everyone is. That’s helpful on a big construction site. Sometimes workers need to be tested and licensed to do certain jobs before they can wear the correct colored hard hat. A hat can tell you a lot about someone! Read full post »

Designing a Gym For Seattle Children’s Cancer Patients

Recently, Seattle Children’s held a design event to begin planning the gym for cancer patients that will be part of the Building Hope expansion.

Occupational and physical therapists, along with staff from Infection Prevention and Children’s Family Resource Center, worked together to come up with ideas and designs that would benefit patients, their families and staff. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s Opens Urgent Care Clinic in Mill Creek

On Jan. 18, Seattle Children’s opened a walk-in Urgent Care Clinic at the Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic in Mill Creek, Wash. The new Urgent Care provides treatment for children, teens and young adults ages 0-21 needing non-emergency medical care in the evenings, on weekends and during the holidays. No appointments or referrals are necessary.

Children’s newest Urgent Care will be staffed by board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. Urgent Care at Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic adds to Children’s other Urgent Care locations in Bellevue and Seattle. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s By the Numbers, Part 1

Seattle Children’s is a busy place, serving patients and families from a very large geographic region: Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. In this “Seattle Children’s By the Numbers” blog post series, we’ll share some of the statistics that shed light on why we need to expand and grow. Read full post »

Puget Sound Energy to Begin Construction on New Natural Gas Line on 40th Ave. NE

Puget Sound Energy (PSE), working with their contractor, will begin construction on a new natural gas line that runs along 40th Ave. NE on Jan. 16. Work is expected to take about two weeks to complete. Some street parking along 40th Ave. NE will be unavailable during this time, and there may be some brief traffic delays. PSE will have flaggers onsite to manage traffic as needed. Read full post »

Topping Out T-shirts Have Arrived!

In November we shared how at the end of each steel project, The Erection Company (TEC) creates a “topping out” T-shirt for their crew. For Building Hope, TEC invited Seattle Children’s patients to submit design ideas for the T-shirt and 11-year-old Zoe Ballard-Huffman’s design was chosen as the winner. Read full post »

How We’re Bridging the Past With the Present

Work is underway on the sky bridges that connect Seattle Children’s current facility with the Building Hope expansion. These will incorporate natural light, art and interactive elements to encourage patients, families and visitors to pause, appreciate the beautiful views and enjoy a respite from their rooms. Read full post »

Children’s Star Commuters Take a Shine to Alternative Modes of Transportation

Seattle Children’s places a lot of emphasis on encouraging employees to find alternative ways to commute, rather than driving alone. We are committed to reducing traffic in the neighborhood around the hospital campus; we want to be good stewards of our environment by reducing vehicle emissions; and we want to use our resources to care for patients – not create more parking spaces. Read full post »