This year's Seattle Festival of Trees Gala will honor the Sunderland Foundation, which is helping make possible a reimagined Autism Center at the new Seattle Children's Magnuson Campus. Get tickets to this year's gala on November 19
Learn more about the new Autism Center and campus:
Mental health care is the biggest unmet need in pediatric health. That’s why it is an urgent priority for Seattle Children’s and the reason we’re taking the lead in our community to work together to ensure every young person has access to evidence-based mental and behavioral health services when and where they need them. Soon, in pursuit of that future and thanks to generous gifts from our community, Seattle Children’s Magnuson will open.
Conveniently located one and a half miles from our Seattle hospital campus, Seattle Children’s Magnuson will bring together Seattle Children’s Autism Center and many outpatient behavioral health services under one roof. This new space will allow us to continue to provide the high-quality, family-focused care Seattle Children’s is known for, while accelerating collaboration between the clinicians and researchers who are working tirelessly to meet the growing need for autism and behavioral health services for youth and their families. At 45,000 square feet – more than 15% larger than both the existing locations combined – this space will be a hub for autism and behavioral health care, outreach training and research that will allow us to better meet the needs of youth and families in our community and beyond. We expect to see a 25% increase in the number of unique patients served over the next five years.
Designed in collaboration with patient families, this innovative new space is specifically and intentionally created to meet the unique needs of youth with autism and mental and behavioral health needs. Exam rooms are more personal, with furniture suited for comfort and conversation rather than the traditional medical exam chairs and tables. Subtle, indirect, controllable lighting fosters a more welcoming environment for patients with sensory needs. The garden offers a therapeutic sensory landscape: sight (natural colors and textures), sound (musical foliage), touch and scent (aromatic plants). The new space also creates more opportunities for families to participate in critical research and receive access to cutting-edge treatments, increases training capacity and access to care, and supports the continued growth of integral community partnerships.
None of this important work would be possible without meaningful commitments from community partners. More than $83 million has been raised for mental health and autism care, including the Sunderland Foundation’s $20 million gift, and gifts from the Norcliffe Foundation, the Nadella family, Seattle Children’s Guild Association and many others. These generous donations are furthering our commitment to changing the way we treat mental health and shifting the paradigm for a generation of children.
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