Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Honors

Children's nurses recognized as 2014 Outstanding Nurses by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Five nurses from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota were named 2014 Outstanding Nurses by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. The annual competition encourages patients, peers, family and friends to nominate nurses who are outstanding in their practice and go above and beyond in their daily work.

This year's winners were selected from a pool of more than 270 nurses in 13 categories. The winners are profiled in the September issue of the magazine and online. Children's is proud to have the most winners and finalists of any other hospital in Minnesota and to be recognized for the outstanding care we provide every day.

Congratulations to this year's winners:

Be-HoBe Thi Ho, staff nurse in the Surgery department, winner of this year's Lifetime Achievement award. Be has been a nurse at Children's for 34 years, but her inspirational story starts much earlier, as a young girl in Vietnam. Be always dreamed of being a nurse and achieved that goal when she became a nurse at a children's hospital in Saigon. But during the Vietnam War, Be made the heart-wrenching decision to flee her country for her own safety. Though many challenges stood in her way, Be eventually made her way to Children's in Minneapolis. Watch a video of Be to learn more about her inspiring story.

Amy-ErlandsonAmy Erlandson, staff nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, winner of the Intensive Care award. Amy has a passion for learning and taking on new challenges. As a mom with four kids, Amy decided to go back to school to earn her bachelor's of science in nursing degree, while also caring for some of our most fragile patients in the NICU. She believes in creating connections with families and honoring each parent and their unique family situation.

Lani-HollenbeckLani Hollenbeck, staff nurse in the Infant Care Center, winner of the Children's Health award. Lani brings a unique cultural perspective to her work and seeks to understand the patient and family from their world view to incorporate their needs in the daily care plan. She has such a passion for providing culturally-competent care that she is also pursuing her doctor in nursing practice in trans-cultural nursing leadership. Lani was also a finalist in the Hospital Setting category.

Marie-KoldborgMarie Koldborg, staff nurse in the Emergency Department, one of two winners in the Emergency Care award. Marie is well known to many in her department and to more than 4,000 nurses across the region who have benefitted from her emergency room outreach training. Within Children's, Marie is always quick to share her knowledge and skills with her team members, and a hug and reassuring word with families. Marie was also a finalist in the Children's Health category.

Sarah-LovernSarah Lovern, staff nurse in the Cardiovascular Care Center, winner of the Rising Star award. Though early in her nursing career, Sarah has taken her passion for nursing and her love of language on mission trips around the world on mission trips to Haiti, Spain, Nicaragua and Russia. She has a continuous drive for learning and recently completed her master's of science in nursing leadership/administration. She is also a quality coach and member of the CVCC unit council.

Children's also had six additional finalists recognized by the magazine. Finalists represent the top 20 percent of nominations received from the Twin Cities public. Congratulations to our finalists on their achievements:
  • Becky Bogan, Hematology/Oncology, finalist in the Hospital Setting and Children's Health categories
  • Martha Dugan, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Services, finalist in the Nurse Practitioner and Children's Health categories
  • Mary Erickson, Care Coordination, finalist in the Nurse Practitioner and Children's Health categories
  • Tim Hoeft, Radiology, finalist in the Children's Health category
  • Anne Weber, Cardiovascular Care Center, finalist in the Nurse Educator and Intensive Care categories
  • Melissa Steger, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, finalist in the Intensive Care category (no longer works at Children's)

Congratulations to all of our Outstanding Nurses at Children's, who exemplify the compassionate, creative and skilled care we provide to patients and families every day!


Children's Top Doctors recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Congratulations to the 147 Children's physicians recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as 2014 Top Doctors. More than 5,000 licensed metro-area physicians and registered nurses were asked to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) whom they would choose if they or a loved one were seeking medical care. From there, candidates were grouped into 42 specialties and evaluated by a blue-ribbon panel for their peer recognition, professional achievement and disciplinary history. Read more »


Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota ranked top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report

usnews pulmonology 2014usnews cardiology 2014Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has once again been honored by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children's Hospital. Children's has been ranked on the list every year since the program's inception in 2007. For 2014-2015, Children's was ranked in cardiology & heart surgery and pulmonology. Read more »

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota awarded coveted 2013 Leapfrog Top Children's Hospital distinction

leapfrog 2013The St. Paul campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has once again been named to The Leapfrog Group's annual list of Top Children's Hospitals. Children's was one of only 13 pediatric hospitals in the country to be recognized by Leapfrog and the only pediatric hospital in Minnesota. This is the fifth year in a row that Children's has been recognized, and the seventh time since 2006. The announcement came at Leapfrog's Annual Meeting on Dec. 3 in Arlington, Va., which gathered key decision-makers from Leapfrog's network of purchaser members, industry partners, health care stakeholders and national collaborators. Read more »

Children's ranked top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report
Children's ranked in neonatology, cardiology & heart surgery, and pulmonology as part of 2013-2014 Best Children's Hospitals

usnews 13 14Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has been honored by U.S. News & World Report as a 2013-2014 Best Children's Hospital. Children's has been ranked on the list every year since the program's inception in 2007.

For the sixth year in a row, Children's was ranked in neonatology. Children's has the largest high-risk neonatal referral center in the region, with some of the best outcomes in the country for these young and fragile patients. With the addition of The Mother Baby Center on its Minneapolis hospital campus earlier this year, Children's looks to continue to lead the region in this specialty for years to come. Children's neonatology has been on the list since U.S. News began ranking hospitals by specialty areas in 2008.

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Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota awarded elite distinction as a 2012 Leapfrog Top Hospital
Children's – St. Paul recognized for fourth year in a row by The Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency

leapfrog2012St. Paul – (December 4, 2012) – The St. Paul campus of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has once again been named to The Leapfrog Group's annual list of Top Hospitals. The announcement came at Leapfrog's Annual Meeting, focusing on transparency as the key to improved hospital safety. This is the fourth year in a row that Children's has been recognized, and the sixth time since 2006. Children's was one of only 12 pediatric hospitals in the country to be recognized by Leapfrog and the only pediatric hospital in the Upper Midwest.

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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Awarded “Leapfrog Top Hospital” Designations for Quality and Efficiency

2011 leapfrogtChildren’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has again been recognized by the Leapfrog Group for being among the top pediatric hospitals in the country for quality and efficiency.  Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals were two of only ten pediatric hospitals in the country to be named to this year’s list. This is the third year in a row Children’s has been recognized by the Leapfrog Group.  Once again, Children’s was the only pediatric hospital in the five-state-region to receive a Leapfrog award.

“This award is a testament to the commitment our employees make every day to provide the best care to our patients and their families,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, M.D., president and CEO of Children’s of Minnesota.  “As we work to reform how health care is delivered in this country, quality and efficiency need to guide us forward.  We are especially proud of The Leapfrog Award because it recognizes our efforts to use resources wisely while delivering on the promise we make to families.”

Children’s has been a leader in the use of LEAN practices to increase efficiency both in how spaces are designed, and how employees work within those spaces.  Recent renovations to both the Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals have enhanced this work, providing increased privacy for families, decreased wait times, lower supply costs, and high customer satisfaction scores.  Other tools, such as a Daily Engagement System that aligns employees around teamwork and goals, have helped Children’s operate as a more cohesive unit around each patient.

“The Leapfrog Group is proud to be one of the only national sources of information that families can turn to when they are faced with the tough decision of which hospital is best for their child,” said Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group.  “Today, we are honored to recognize Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota – St Paul and Minneapolis — for the fifth time since 2006 as Leapfrog Top Hospitals. These two hospitals have out-performed other hospitals across the country and we congratulate them on their continued excellence and commitment to transparency.”

The Leapfrog Awards are based on a national survey that measures hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.  The results are posted at www.leapfroggroup.org.

The Leapfrog Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage founded a decade ago to work for improvements in health care safety, quality and affordability.  The annual survey is the only voluntary effort of its kind.

The survey focuses on four critical areas of patient safety:

  • The use of computer provider order entry (CPOE) to prevent medication errors
  • Standards for doing high-risk procedures such as heart surgery
  • Protocols and policies to reduce medical errors as recommended by the National Quality Forum
  • Adequate nurse and physician staffing

Hospitals are also measured on their progress in preventing infections and other hospital-acquired conditions and adopting policies on the handling of serious medical errors.


Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Again Ranked Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & World Report

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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has been recognized as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country in U.S. News and World Report’s 2012-2013 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings.

For the sixth consecutive year, Children’s was ranked in neonatology, for the care that it provides to the youngest and most fragile patients. Children’s has been ranked in this category since U.S. News began ranking pediatric hospitals in 2007. For the second consecutive year, Children’s was ranked in cardiology and heart surgery, a program that is one of the largest in the region by patient volume.

“Children’s is honored to once again be recognized by U.S. News, a deserved honor for our staff who come to work each day with a passion to provide the best possible care to the children in our community,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, president and CEO of Children’s.

The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology, and urology. Eighty hospitals across the country were recognized in one or more specialties.


Award for Excellence in Life Support through the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO)
In 2010 Children’s Minnesota was again honored with the ELSO Award for Excellence in Life Support. The award is given to organizations that exemplify extraordinary achievement in the following areas: 1) excellence in patient care, 2) excellence in training, education, collaboration, and communication, and 3) excellence in promoting the mission, activities, and vision of ELSO.


Children’s pioneering pain and palliative care program earns national recognition
In 2008 Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota received the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life award for its innovative program for children who are terminally ill or facing life-threatening conditions. The pain and palliative care program at Children's is the largest in North America, caring for up to 90 children in their homes every day.

The interdisciplinary team at Children’s includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, a chaplain, a child life specialist, and a social worker. As the only hospital in Minnesota with a licensed pediatric hospice (started in 1978), Children’s provides care to children throughout the metropolitan area, including patients from other hospitals. In addition, the Children's Institute for Palliative Care provides training, continuing education, resources, consultation, and technical assistance to health care providers throughout Minnesota and the United States.


Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL)
Children’s has the only certified pediatric echocardiography program in the region, and its echocardiography laboratories in Minneapolis and St. Paul are the first in Minnesota to receive national accreditation in pediatric transthoracic echocardiography from the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL). Each year, the Children’s team of respiratory care practitioners and sonographers performs more than 10,000 echocardiograms on pediatric patients and more than 200 fetal echocardiograms.


Minnesota Hospital Association: Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award (large hospital)
In 2007 Children's of Minnesota received this award for its breakthrough Nitrous Oxide Program. Children's is the first hospital in the United States to have specially trained registered nurses, under the direction of a physician, administer nitrous oxide to children for sedation. Patients are awake but calm during its administration before procedures including bladder catheterization, lumbar punctures, peripherally inserted central catheters, and others. Nitrous oxide frees patients from the side effects typically associated with other sedatives. While other sedatives may stay in a child’s system for hours, nitrous oxide quickly leaves children’s systems, enabling them to resume normal activities such as school.


Accreditation through the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
In 2009 Children’s of Minnesota was accredited by the AABB, recognizing the hospital’s commitment to the mission of advancing practice and standards of blood transfusions and biological therapies. Children’s is focused on improving the health of its patients through excellence in the practice of transfusion medicine and biological therapies, as well as continued improvement of patient and donor safety and care.


Center of Excellence Award: Children’s McNeely Pediatric Diabetes Center
In 2009 Children’s McNeely Pediatric Diabetes Center was presented the Center of Excellence Award, representing excellence in advocacy, research, and care. The McNeely Center is the first and only diabetes center in Minnesota to receive this award, and is the only center in the region to specialize only in pediatric diabetes care.


Accredited Certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments through the Department of Health and Human Services
Children’s labs have been accredited through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS regulates laboratory testing in the United States to ensure quality testing.


Accreditation through the College of American Pathologists
The College of American Pathologists is comprised of board-certified pathologists who serve the public, patients, and fellow pathologists through excellence in pathology and laboratory medicine. Get more information.


Continual accreditation through the Joint Commission
Over 85 percent of the nation’s hospitals are accredited though the Joint Commission, which has been reviewing hospital performance for over 50 years. The Joint Commission works to ensure patient safety and quality care through standards that are developed through a collaborative effort by health care providers, researchers, patients, and health care experts.


Member of the National Influenza Summit
In 2009 Children’s of Minnesota joined over 100 organizations that support influenza prevention efforts. Children’s was recognized for vaccinating 80% of their staff for influenza (compared to the national rate of 40%-50%) and for developing creative strategies to encourage voluntary vaccination.


Neonatal Center of Excellence though the Clinical Sciences Institute of OptumHealth
Since 1986 OptumHealth has been reviewing the performance of providers and hospitals that specialize in complex medical conditions. The most experienced and impressive hospitals are invited to become a Center of Excellence. Children’s of Minnesota is a Neonatal Center of Excellence, the only in the state of Minnesota. See more information about Neonatal Centers of Excellence.