April 2016 Bulletin

Appointment Referrals at Seattle Children’s: How We Can Partner Together to Streamline the Process

When a young patient is referred to a specialist, it can be a confusing and emotional time. It’s important that we work together to make scheduling appointments with Seattle Children’s providers as easy as possible for families. Here are a few simple ways to smooth out the process and prevent the back-and-forth runaround for everyone involved.

We’re always ready to take their calls

One of the biggest misconceptions is that Seattle Children’s will call the families to schedule their appointments. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to do that. We need them to call us as soon as they can to set up their appointments.

Let families know we’re always ready to receive their calls. If we’re not able to direct-schedule them, we can at least get the appointment process started.

Give families the details

It’s important to give families really specific information about why you’re sending them to Seattle Children’s. Please make sure you’re clear about your reasons for referral, what they’re being seen for, etc.

If a family member calls us right after they leave your office but they’re not really clear about why they need to be seen, we can’t get the information we need to make sure they’re scheduled in the right clinic and seen in the right time frame.

Send us the patient’s clinical information as soon as possible

Please be sure to send us the patient’s information as soon as possible, especially if you’re sending us a patient with a complex diagnosis. Whether you use a New Appointment Request Form (NARF) (PDF) or send a referral through the electronic medical record (EMR) system, it is essential to include the patient’s clinical documentation. This can be any primary care provider records, test and/or lab results, radiology reports, therapy records (if appropriate) or other specialty records. If our providers don’t have this information, their appointments with patients may not be valuable.

Learn more

For more detailed information, please read the FAQs for referring new patients on seattlechildrens.org.


Grand Rounds for May 2016 (CME Credit Available)

Upcoming Grand Rounds

  • May 5: Prenatal Pediatrics?!? I Never Learned About That During Residency...
  • May 12: Advances in Neuroblastoma: Bench to Bedside
  • May 19: Health Care QI: A Practical Approach That You Can Use to Improve Patient Care
  • May 26: Craniosynostosis: The Current State of Care and Standardized Assessment of Perioperative Outcomes
  • See all upcoming grand rounds.

Watch Past Grand Rounds Online

  • Real-Time Dashboards for Clinicians: Is This Our Future?
  • Antibiotic Use in the 21st Century: How Low Can We Go?
  • Tobacco and Children in 2016: Who Is Winning?
  • Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases – Approaching the Paradigm of Precision Medicine
  • Pediatric Lymphedema: Managing a Difficult Problem
  • See all online grand rounds.

For Provider Grand Rounds information, visit our website.


Upcoming Psychiatry Grand Rounds for May and June 2016 (CME Credit Available)

  • May 6: Learning to Run Before We Can Walk: Studying the Impact of Rapidly Occurring Legal Changes Related to Marijuana and Implications for Prevention
  • June 3: The CARES Study and What We Learned About Treatment of Youth with Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors
  • For Psychiatry Grand Rounds information, visit our website.

Everett CME: Childhood Obesity Update for Primary Care

  • Presented by Lenna Liu, MD
  • Thursday, May 19, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Snohomish County PUD Training Center
    2320 California Ave.
    Everett, WA
  • Free Category 2 CME credit
  • Light dinner will be served.
  • RSVP to Emily Rice or call 206-422-5668.

Register Now for 12th Annual Pediatric Bioethics Conference: Autism Re-Examined

July 22 to 23, Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle

Hosted by the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, the theme of this year's conference is “Autism Re-Examined: Ethical Challenges in Care, Support, Research and Inclusion.” Join a distinguished group of bioethicists for challenging and illuminating presentations and discussions exploring the complex questions this topic raises. To learn more and to register, visit the Pediatric Bioethics Conference website.


New Medical Staff and Allied Health Professionals for April 2016

Medical Staff

  • Ilene Ruhoy, MD, PhD, Seattle Children's, Neurology

Allied Health Professionals

  • Diana Hernandez, PA-C, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Hematology-Oncology
  • Kyle Lewis, PA-C, Seattle Children's, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Shaun Mendel, CRNA, Seattle Children's, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine