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ISSAQUAH, WA - (April 25, 2013) — Virginia Mason Issaquah has expanded its pediatric services to meet the needs of children with Down syndrome and their families.

The Down syndrome program, the first of its kind in the Seattle area, is a medical home model that offers a range of services, including primary care, health maintenance and subspecialty needs coordination for children with the genetic condition, as well as prenatal consultations and neonatal support.
 
“The future is bright for children with Down syndrome and we want to give them every opportunity for the best growth and development,” said Virginia Mason pediatrician Rebecca Partridge, MD. She directs the new program and has a special interest in Down syndrome through personal experience.

Down syndrome affects an estimated one in every 690 babies born in the United States. Typically, children with the condition have a primary care provider but go to a separate Down syndrome clinic once a year for health maintenance and subspecialty needs. By comparison, the Virginia Mason program brings these essential services into one convenient location. Radiology, laboratory and audiology services are also available at the facility.

“We focus on each child as an individual with unique strengths and challenges, and as a valuable member of a family and of our community,” Dr. Partridge said.

The Down syndrome program at Virginia Mason Issaquah welcomes referrals from primary care physicians and other pediatricians. Parents may also self-refer their children.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which the person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. This additional genetic material alters the course of physical and mental development. Children with Down syndrome have an increased risk for congenital heart defects, vision and hearing problems, childhood leukemia, and thyroid conditions, according to the National Down Syndrome Society. 

Virginia Mason Issaquah is located at 100 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509
gale.robinette@vmmc.org

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