Caring for kids: Skagit Valley Hospital partners with Seattle Children’s Hospital for 24/7 pediatric hospitalist program

Seattle Children’s physicians will work in Skagit Valley Hospital, caring for young patients throughout the hospital

MOUNT VERNON and SEATTLE -- Pediatricians are now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Skagit Valley Hospital as part of a new pediatric hospitalist program partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Known as pediatric hospitalists, these Seattle Children’s physicians will work in Skagit Valley Hospital, caring for young patients throughout the hospital, from newborns in the Family Birth Center to older children who come to the Emergency Department.

The partnership with Seattle Children’s to provide pediatric hospitalist coverage 24 hours every day of the year started in July and expands on a part-time program started by Skagit Pediatrics and Skagit Regional Clinics to share physician coverage.

“For many years, Seattle Children’s has provided our clinical staff with education, sharing policies and procedures and training in high risk neonatal stabilization. It seemed only natural to look to Seattle Children’s to oversee our pediatric hospitalist program,” said Jan Iverson, Chief Nurse Executive at Skagit Valley Hospital. “This is a fantastic opportunity for Skagit Regional Health and Seattle Children’s to work more closely together, ensuring access to a higher level of care when needed. It is the right thing for our children in Skagit County and surrounding areas.”

Seattle Children’s now employs several local pediatricians to work at Skagit Valley Hospital including Barbara Geraghty, MD, Jenny Taylor, MD, Lyall Bishop, MD, Erin Charles, MD, Mark Barr, MD, Rick Levine, MD, Rowena Pusateri, MD, Brad Berg, MD and Donna Schoonover, MD.

“We are pleased to be expanding our partnership with Skagit Valley Hospital with a team of Seattle Children’s physicians who are very familiar to the Skagit Valley community,” said Carlos Villavicencio, MD, Medical Director of the Regional Hospitalist Program for Seattle Children’s. “Now, there will always be a pediatrician present at the hospital, 24/7.”

Pediatric hospitalists care for hospitalized patients and work with the child’s regular pediatrician and other physicians involved in the child’s care to provide updates during the hospital stay and an overview when the child is discharged from the hospital.

“We look to engage all community physicians and partner with them to take care of their patients,” Dr. Villavicencio said. “This allows us to extend Seattle Children’s expertise into the community to help deliver a high level of care, close to home.”

Skagit Valley Hospital is the third regional hospital to join the Seattle Children’s Hospitalist program. Additional participants include Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland and Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

In addition to a model of having a pediatrician present around the clock, another component for the new partnership with Seattle Children’s will be to raise the level of nursery care over the next several months, allowing Skagit Valley Hospital to expand its neonatal care levels.


Contact: Jan Iverson, Chief Nurse Executive, Skagit Valley Hospital, 360-814-2190
Kathy Porada, PR Manager, Seattle Children’s Hospital, 206-987-7856

About Skagit Valley Hospital

Licensed for 137 beds, Skagit Valley Hospital is a regional, public facility serving residents of Skagit, Island, San Juan and north Snohomish counties since 1958. The Mount Vernon hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, with eight locations, are part of Skagit Regional Health. The hospital’s comprehensive services include the Skagit Regional Heart & Vascular Institute, a Level III Trauma Center, a comprehensive Regional Cancer Care Center, the well-appointed Family Birth Center and surgical services with a focus on orthopedics and minimally invasive procedures. For more information, visit

About Seattle Children’s

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Foundation and Research Institute together deliver superior patient care, advance new discoveries and treatments through pediatric research, and raise funds to create better futures for patients. Consistently ranked as one of the top 10 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s Hospital specializes in meeting the unique physical, emotional and developmental needs of children from infancy through young adulthood. Through the collaboration of physicians in nearly 60 pediatric subspecialties, Seattle Children’s Hospital provides inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, and emergency and outreach services to families from around the world.

Located in downtown Seattle’s biotech corridor, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is pushing the boundaries of medical research to find cures for pediatric diseases and improve outcomes for children all over the world. Internationally recognized investigators and staff at the research institute are advancing new discoveries in cancer, genetics, immunology, pathology, infectious disease, injury prevention, bioethics and much more.

Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation and Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association work together to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care, clinical care and research. The foundation receives nearly 80,000 gifts each year, from lemonade stand proceeds to corporate sponsorships. Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association is the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, serving as the umbrella organization for 450 groups of people who turn an activity they love into a fundraiser. Support from the foundation and guild association makes it possible for Seattle Children’s care and research teams to improve the health and well-being of all kids.

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