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St. Baldrick’s Event: Volunteer Ed Kraft Shaves His Head For Pediatric Cancer Research!

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Ed Kraft, halfway through the "head-shaving" process!

Ed (far left) with the other members of his St. Baldrick's team

We know that our volunteers are incredibly committed, but last Thursday, March 29th, Children’s volunteer Ed Kraft took his commitment to Children’s (and pediatric cancer research) to a new level by having his head shaved during a St. Baldrick’s event held on the Children’s-Minneapolis campus.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a childhood cancer charity funding the most promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer.  St. Baldrick’s came to Children’s last week, and 29 current or past employees from our hospital had their heads shaved!

Why did Ed choose to participate in this event?  In his own words, “Dr. [Bruce] Bostrom asked me if I wanted to be on his St. Baldrick’s team.  I said, ‘Why not?’”  On a personal level, Ed’s head was shaved in memory of his daughter, Anne Elizabeth Kraft, who was treated at Children’s-Minneapolis and passed away from leukemia in 2005.  Ed also worked as an RN on the (old) eighth floor for 24 years before retiring in 2008. He currently volunteers on Thursday afternoons in the hematology-oncology clinic with Vicki Neis, clinic child life specialist:  his daughter Anne dreamed of being a child life specialist, as well.

Huge thanks to Ed for his commitment to Children’s!  We would also thank the following volunteers for assisting with this event:  Vinita Dalgleish, Jessica Guazhima, Annika Johanson, Ally Labine, London Nelson, Vince Opheim (in Twinkle costume), and Josh Purple!

Vinita Dalgleish, Twinkle (AKA Vince Opheim!), & Ally Labine

Pediatric Grand Rounds: April

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Grand rounds: Meetings at which physicians discuss the clinical case of one or more patients. Grand rounds originated as part of residency training, wherein new information was taught and clinical reasoning skills were enhanced. Grand rounds today are an integral component of medical education. They present clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or interesting cases (www.medterms.com).

Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children’s are open to all interested volunteers!  Grand Rounds are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

2525 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis:  video conference shown in Medical Education Room B-870

St. Paul Campus:

255 N. Smith Avenue, St. Paul:  live presentation in the John Nasseff Conference Center

April 2012 Sessions:

4/5: “Clinicopathologic Conference: The Kindest Cut”

Presented by Brian Yablon, MD, Pediatric Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, U of M

4/12: “Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnostic Changes in DSM-5”

Presented by Michael Troy, Ph.D, L.P., Child Psychologist, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

4/19:  “Morbidity & Mortality Conference″

Presented by Gigi Chawla, MD, Pediatrician, St. Paul Children’s Clinic, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

4/26: “Ethics Conference-An Atypical Suicide: Clinical Trials as Pharmaceutical Marketing Tools”

Presented by Carl Elliott, MD, Ph.D, Professor, Center for Bioethics, Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, U of M Medical School, Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts

Children’s Pediatric Hospice Volunteer Training

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

We will be offering a pediatric hospice volunteer training to any interested volunteers!  This training is in addition to our general volunteer orientation; sessions are scheduled for 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings, beginning April 3. The position involves being a part of the hospice team and volunteering with a hospice family in their homes, providing support and activities for siblings and patients.

If you are interested in more information, please contact Sandy Bergeron at sandy.bergeron@childrensmn.org.

For more information about Children’s hospice/pain and palliative care program, please visit our website at  http://www.childrensmn.org/Services/PainPalliativeCare/

Pediatric Grand Rounds: March

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Grand rounds: Meetings at which physicians discuss the clinical case of one or more patients. Grand rounds originated as part of residency training, wherein new information was taught and clinical reasoning skills were enhanced. Grand rounds today are an integral component of medical education. They present clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or interesting cases (www.medterms.com).

Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children’s are open to all interested volunteers!  Grand Rounds are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

2525 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis:  video conference shown in Medical Education Room B-870

St. Paul Campus:

255 N. Smith Avenue, St. Paul:  live presentation in the John Nasseff Conference Center

March 2012 Sessions:

3/1: “Minimally Invasive Surgery”

Presented by Patricia A. Valusek, MD, Pediatric Trauma Surgeon, Pediatric Surgical Associates

3/8: “Pediatric Sleep Medicine Lecture Series:  Snoring Children-What Should You Do With Them?”

Presented by Keith Cavanaugh, MD, Pulmonologist, Pediatric Sleep Disorders Medicine,  Pediatric Respiratory/Critical Care, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN

3/15:  “Emergency Medicine: Top 10″

Presented by Sam Reid, MD, Emergency Medicine, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN

3/22: “Clinicopathologic Conference (CPC)”

Presented by Erin King, MD, Pediatric Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

3/29: “Neonatal Herpes Simplex Virus Infections”

Presented by Richard Andersen, MD, Director, Medical Student Education, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN

Pediatric Grand Rounds: February

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Grand rounds: Meetings at which physicians discuss the clinical case of one or more patients. Grand rounds originated as part of residency training, wherein new information was taught and clinical reasoning skills were enhanced. Grand rounds today are an integral component of medical education. They present clinical problems in medicine by focusing on current or interesting cases (www.medterms.com).

Pediatric Grand Rounds at Children’s are open to all interested volunteers!  Grand Rounds are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

Children’s Specialty Center, Room 506

2530 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus:

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

February 2012 Sessions:

2/2: “Humanism in Pediatric Death and Bereavement”

Presented by Janet Serwint, MD, General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Professor, Johns Hopkins

2/9: “Clinicopathologic Conference”

Presented by Brian Yablon, MD, Pediatric Chief Resident, University of Minnesota

2/16:  “Morbidity & Mortality Conference”

Presented by Gigi Chawla, MD, Children’s Clinic

2/23:  “Newborn Screening for Critical Congenital Heart Diseases – A Primer for Minnesota’s Primary Care Providers”

Presented by Lazaros Kochilas, MD, Amplatz Children’s Hospital;  Annemarie Saarinen, MN Newborn Heart Screening Project; and Amy Gaviglio, MN Department of Health


No pre-registration is required!  For more information, please contact the Children’s Medical Education Office at (651) 220-6131.  We will continue to post future educational opportunities for volunteers on this site!

WinterFest Fun Week at Children’s-St. Paul!

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Beginning next Thursday, January 26th, Children’s-St. Paul will be celebrating “WinterFest Fun Week” with treats, activities and fun–open to all volunteers, staff and visitors!

Timed to coincide with the St. Paul Winter Carnival, there will be a new theme each weekday, from Thursday, January 26th through Friday, February 2nd.

Opportunities to volunteer with WinterFest Fun Week events are still available! Give Kristi or Lisa a call at 651-220-6141 to sign up to help out!



The WinterFest Fun Week activities are being coordinated by the Children’s Hospital staff/volunteer community outreach committee, Hands Joining Hands (HJH). This group organizes opportunities for engagement and volunteerism within the hospital and community. There is an active Hands Joining Hands group on each hospital campus, and volunteers are always invited to become involved! Just speak with any Children’s Volunteer Coordinator for more information!

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

A big THANK YOU to the volunteers who assisted with Children’s Hospital’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday. In Minneapolis, volunteers Sarah Hovseth, Riley McDaid and Shannon Forsythe helped cut and share cake with staff, while in St. Paul, volunteers Jackie Stotts and Meredith Gilroy distributed cupcakes to each department.

In St. Paul, volunteers Meredith Gilroy (left) and Jackie Stotts (right) sort hundreds of cupcakes!

 

Veteran Volunteer Recognition

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Did you know that nearly 100 volunteers have served Children’s Hospital for 3 years or longer?!

To celebrate the incredible work and ongoing commitment of our “veteran” volunteers, a recognition luncheon was held on Saturday, October 29th. Volunteers, guests, pet therapy dogs, and Volunteer Services staff gathered at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul for lunch, musical entertainment, and a brief program.

Children’s Hospital CEO Alan Goldbloom provided updates on new developments and projects at Children’s. A special highlight from Saturday’s program was hearing from a family about their patient experience at Children’s Hospital, including the impact that volunteers had on this experience.

Volunteer Services staff members Jenna Barke (left) and Sandy Bergeron (right) with Fay Sullivan (center), our longest active volunteer with 33 years of service!

Volunteers were presented with pins and certificates in honor of the service, time and talent they have shared with Children’s over the years.

Exactly how much time have these Veteran Volunteers shared with Children’s?

3-5 years: 50 volunteers

5-10 years: 19 volunteers

10-15 years: 13 volunteers

15-20 years: 8 volunteers

20-25 years: 3 volunteers

25-30 years: 2 volunteers

30+ years: 1 volunteer

Check out photos from the event below, or view the album on Facebook by following this link: http://www.facebook.com/RedVestedFriends

View Veteran Volunteer Event
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THANK YOU to our outstanding volunteers for all that you’ve shared with the patients, families and staff here at Children’s Hospital!

Diabetes Support Group Carnival A Success!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in last week’s Diabetes Support Group Carnival at Children’s-St. Paul! Volunteers helped set up for the event, facilitated carnival games, and assisted with takedown after the carnival. We couldn’t have made this event happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers!  THANK YOU!

Volunteers pictured (left to right): Jackie Stotts, Edna Knudsen, Eric Gustafson, Meredith Gilroy, Erin Sullivan, Maura Schwaegel, & Brian Brandvold. (Not Pictured: Jake Starsiak, Anna Wetschka, Courtney Mann & Sara Brueggeman.)

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Volunteers Help Brighten Upcoming Memorial Service!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Huge thanks to the volunteers who, over this past weekend, decorated candle votives for this weekend’s Perinatal Memorial Service!  This service is held to honor the memory of infants who have passed away at Children’s over the past year.

Thank you, volunteers, for working so hard on this art project…we’re very grateful for your help!

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