Construction Updates


Children’s Star Commuters Share Their Devotion to Vanpooling

The rules are simple for Star Commuters Matt Willis and Scott Flowers’ vanpool – the first rule of “vanpool club”: mutual respect. The second rule of “vanpool club”: show up on time.

Matt (left) and Scott (right) serve as primary driver and backup driver/bookkeeper (respectively) for an 11-member vanpool that travels about 70 miles each day to and from the Marysville area, making stops in Lynnwood and Everett. Read full post »

Aerial Views of Construction Site Show Some Color!

Continuing to document the progress of our expansion through aerial photos, you’ll now see some very bright color on the new building taking shape (it’s not actually the color of the new building’s exterior… just the materials underneath). Read full post »

Landscaping Continues to Take Shape Around Construction Site

Lots of work is underway on various landscaping features surrounding the existing and new hospital buildings.

Along the west side of the existing building, crews are grading for the fire lane which consists of a concrete walkway and retaining wall. Concrete and pump trucks and other equipment will be onsite to complete this work by mid-February.

Crews are also working to install the retaining wall and concrete stairs at the southeast corner of the site. Read full post »

Planning Continues for Vacated Spaces

As the end of construction on Phase 1 of our Building Hope expansion nears, we will begin to migrate several patient care units from existing spaces into the new building. Our cancer care, pediatric intensive care and cardiac intensive care units, plus our Emergency Department, will all pack up when the hammering stops.  Read full post »

Emergency Department Designed to Streamline Care

It’s official! An expanded Emergency Department (ED) – designed with family needs and operational efficiency in mind – will be a vital part of our new patient care facility opening spring 2013. The last thing families want to do when they come to the ED is sit in a waiting room until a caregiver can see their child. In the new ED at Seattle Children’s, a nurse will initiate care as soon as families walk through the door – one of many improvements families will experience when the new facility opens in 2013 as part of our Building Hope expansion project.

Our existing ED is overwhelmed. ED visits climbed to 36,700 in 2011 and are expected to increase another 27percent by 2020. The new ED will increase our capacity from 25 rooms to 38 rooms and support a more efficient model of care. Read full post »

Seattle Children’s By the Numbers, Part 3

In this third and final blog post highlighting numbers that show why Seattle Children’s needs to expand and grow in order to meet the needs of patients and their families, we look at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Although most research employees are not located on the Laurelhurst campus, the work they do directly impacts our patients and their families.

Here are some interesting facts about the institute from Fiscal Year 2011 (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30):

Total Amount Granted Through Research Awards: $69,381,353

• Federal: $52,854,928

• Foundation: $13,139,746

• Corporate: $2,672,545

• Other: $714,134

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Seattle Children’s By the Numbers, Part 2

In this blog post series were taking a look at some numbers that show why Seattle Children’s needs to expand and grow in order to meet the needs of patients and their families.

During Fiscal Year 2011 (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30), here were the top 10 reasons that patients were admitted to the hospital, along with the number of patients who had those conditions:

1. Asthma: 483

2. Chemotherapy: 426

3. Bronchiolitis/RSV: 425

4. Seizure: 349

5. Acute Gastroenteritis: 276

6. Acute Appendicitis: 267

7. Bacterial Pneumonia: 261

8. Cleft Lip/Palate: 241

9. Cellulitis (skin infections): 230

10. Complications From Diabetes: 227

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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 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 »