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New Seattle Children’s clinic gives specialty care locally

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Seattle Children’s Radiology specialist Heidi Jensen (far right) shows the Miller children of Everett, Kennedy, 6 (far left), Savannah, 10, and Jackson, 8, how X-rays are taken during the open house tour at the new Seattle Children’s clinic in Everett on Saturday, Sept. 15.

EVERETT — Seattle Children’s new clinic in Everett provides children and their families specialty care closer to home with 20 different types of services.
The new clinic will provide outpatient access in 18 pediatric specialty care services in the North Sound region for children, from birth to age 21. 
Some of these pediatric specialties are:  cardiology (heart), audiology (hearing), ophthalmology (eyes), otolaryngology (ear and throat), rehabilitation and sports therapy, to mention a few.  It also includes an urgent care clinic, offering same-day appointments (including holidays), an imaging center and a playroom for patients and their siblings.
Seattle Children’s also launched two initiatives: One focused on brain cancer research, and the other to
improve cancer immunotherapy. The brain cancer initiative uses clinical trials to better identify treatment methods and potentially find cures. The cancer immunotherapy effort is to collaborate with other hospitals to rethink cancer treatment for kids.
The North Clinic opened in August, and held an open house Sept. 15 for the public.  
“The nice feature of our urgent care clinic is that it’s open 365 days, Monday – Friday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 10:30 p.m.,” said David Stolte, Director of North Sound Regional Clinics.  “Urgent care is just a notch below emergency care, so it’s nice to have this facility available just in case a situation could turn into an emergency, or as a preventative measure from progressing to a worse case scenario.”
The clinic provides convenient access to pediatric specialty care services for families in North King, Snohomish, Whatcom and Skagit counties.
The 37,000-square-foot clinic is located on Providence Regional Medical Center Everett’s Colby Avenue campus.
“We’re committed to meeting the needs of families in the North by providing world-class care closer to home,” Stolte said. “We are located where patients and their families need us — right in their community, and close to home.” “In just one month, we have registered and seen 3,000 children!”
“The new Seattle Children’s North Clinic replaces both Seattle Children’s Everett and Mill Creek clinics; both closed in August,” Stolte said. “Also, 10 new pediatric services were added to the North Sound area.”
Seattle Children’s also has regional clinics in Bellevue, Federal Way, Olympia, Wenatchee and the Tri-
“Seattle Children’s saved our daughter’s life,” said Jennifer Campbell of Everett. “My daughter, Hannah, who is now six years old, has been a patient at Seattle Children’s since birth.”
Only 12 hours after being born, Hannah was transferred to Seattle Children’s with SVT (supraventricular tachycardia), a rapid heartbeat, and HCM (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy), a thickening of the heart muscle. Within two weeks, Hannah went home, but her condition worsened. Her heart grew larger and was failing. She desperately needed a heart transplant. In September 2012, Hannah received a new heart.
“Today, Hannah is doing well and thriving,” Campbell said. “I was excited to hear about the new clinic’s opening in August,” adding, “The clinic is only a 10-minute drive from our home.”
Nearly every month, Hannah gets her blood drawn.
“We will be visiting the new clinic a lot,” said Campbell. “Anywhere from fevers to blood draws, it’s nice to have a place that we trust, is close to home, and that we are familiar with as well. The staff are so friendly and professional. We view Seattle Children’s as an extension of our family.”
“Seattle Children’s will always hold a special place in my heart,” said Kara Chitwood of Lynden.
Chitwood credits the expert care her son, Bretton, received at the clinic and for saving his life. After severely breaking his ankle, he continued to experience excruciating pain in his ankle. Chitwood immediately took Bretton to Seattle Children’s and had imaging done. A few days later, it was discovered that he had osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer.
“My son would have had a different outcome, had Seattle Children’s not caught it fast,” Chitwood said.



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