Meet Mae: A Seattle Children’s Hospital Champion

Meet Mae: A Seattle Children’s Hospital Champion

During Family Advocacy Day, Mae and her family will discuss her health journey, Seattle Children’s Hospital's role in providing her with necessary care, and why we must invest in the future of patients like Mae.

In late January, Mae was taken to the hospital to access mental health care. After this, her parents realized the extent of the challenges she faced with her mental health.

Mae, a Seattle Children's champion, is
participating in Family Advocacy Day 2023.

“They immediately discovered their role in keeping the home safe, providing me with specialized needs and making sure I was getting treatment,” says Mae.

Two days after Mae was treated, she was admitted to the Psychiatric Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) for two weeks. Case managers in the PBMU were able to prepare her and her family and for the discharge.

Mae was referred to Children’s Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP), which had just opened, where she spent six weeks.

“My children's hospital is important to me because they offered me opportunities and resources to get the help that I needed,” says Mae. “The PHP provided me with skills I can use, building a life worth living, and therapy.”

Currently, she is doing very well and participating in school for the first time in two months. In her free time, she loves bingeing new TV shows.

Family Advocacy Day

Elevating patient stories and educating lawmakers remains critical to increase awareness about the essential care provided by children's hospitals.