Three simple words define Seattle Children’s:
Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serve as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country.
For more than 110 years, Seattle Children’s has specialized 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, they provide inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic, surgical, rehabilitative, behavioral, emergency and outreach services – regardless of a family’s ability to pay.
Proceeds from Auction of Washington Wines benefit Seattle Children’s in three important areas:
Seattle Children’s is committed to caring for all children in our region, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Through their unsurpassed quality of clinical care, relentless spirit of inquiry and compassion for children and families, they are driven by the belief that every child should have the opportunity to live a healthy and full life.
In 2021, Seattle Children’s provided more than $246 million in uncompensated care for medical expenses and support services. Since 2017, the amount of financial support provided through the uncompensated care fund has increased by 50% and the need is expected to continue to grow.
Because of this vital fund, Seattle Children’s is able to give every child who walks through their door the exact medical care and social services support they need. It’s a place where everyone is on a level playing field, and that can be hard to find in our changing world, particularly within healthcare.
Your support helps ensure that no matter how medically complex or costly a patient’s care may be, Seattle Children’s is able to say yes to caring for all children in our region.
The Tri-Cities Clinic offers services in 20 medical specialties. Patients will see the same doctors and nurses who take care of kids at the hospital in Seattle. Seattle Children’s works closely with local healthcare providers to meet each child’s needs in their home community, and use the latest in technology to conduct telemedicine consultations. The Kennewick Clinic serves children and their families in Tri-Cities and the surrounding eastern Washington region. Last year, 3,013 patients were treated through the Clinic. Of those, 47% self-identified as Hispanic and 17% speak Spanish as their primary language.
Shanae lives in the Toppenish and receives follow up heart surgery treatment at the Tri-Cities Clinic. Her family is grateful to avoid traveling across the pass and taking valuable time off work for her appointments. Learn more about Shanae’s story.
Thanks to a lead gift from the Ellison Foundation in 2016, Seattle Children’s has established funding that allows families to apply for modest amounts of financial support (up to $3,000) that is needed to cover imminent expenses, repairs, and services. By doing so, families can return home and resume the stable life they had before their child got sick. This one-time support can save a family from eviction, long-term credit problems, and the many hardships that are triggered by shelter insecurity.
The Homelessness Prevention Fund is not the first option – social workers work with families to determine whether they qualify for government and state assistance first before directing them to apply for support from the fund. To date, 99% of families that received one-time funding have managed to stay in their homes. The immediate and long-term impact of this assistance is profound. Last year Seattle Children’s distributed financial assistance to 258 families living with a very sick child and the threat of housing instability.
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