Category Archives: Events

Diabetes Support Group Carnival: VOLUNTEERS WANTED!

Seeking an outlet for your “inner carny?”  We’d love your help at the 2011 Diabetes Support Group Carnival this coming Tuesday, October 11th at Children’s-St. Paul!  The night’s schedule will be:

4-6 pm:  Set-Up

6-8:30 pm:  Carnival Games

We’d love your assistance for either portion…or both!  Please contact Kristi (651-220-1504 or [email protected]) if interested!   Thanks a million!

2010 carnival volunteers strike a pose!

2011 Saint Paul Professorship Recognition

Staff were celebrated at the Professorship Luncheon in St. Paul on Tuesday, October 4, for their ongoing efforts to go above and beyond to support volunteers at Children’s!  Volunteers Anfisa Schams, Phillip Thomas and Samantha Carlson spoke about how their experience as volunteers at Children’s, and the staff who have worked with them here, have shaped their career paths.


Volunteer panel members Anfisa Schams, Phillip Thomas, and Samantha Carlson.


Professorship attendees from the Rehab department.


THANK YOU to all of the staff who make such a difference in the lives of our volunteers!

Emergency Preparedness Exercise!

Volunteers at Children’s-St. Paul assisted with an emergency preparedness exercise on October 4th by acting as patients who had come into direct contact with chlorine at a local pool.  This drill gave staff the opportunity to test equipment and procedures needed to decontaminate patients who have come into contact with potentially dangerous chemicals.

Volunteers (seated left to right) Rozina Tesfai, Ashley Hagerty, Destiney Torres, Kelly Hicks and Casey Monson receive roles and details before the drill

Five volunteers (and several blow-up dummies!) were given “victim” role descriptions, indicating their symptoms for the drill. The volunteer victims were brought into the Emergency Department, admitted as patients, and were showered down by staff in full-body protective suits!


Volunteers Kelly Hicks, Destiney Torres, Casey Monson, Ashley Hagerty and Rozina Tesfai pose with their fellow "victims" during the emergency preparedness exercise Tuesday

As students in the medical field, several volunteers mentioned that they appreciated gaining insight into the patient’s point of view by participating in the exercise. Having volunteers act as victims (alongside the blow-up dummies) gave staff the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from a “patient” perspective!

Thank you, volunteers, for your participation &  for sharing your insights!

2011 Minneapolis Professorship Luncheon Held!

Today, we held our 3rd annual Professorship Luncheon on the Children’s-Minneapolis campus.  We host this event to honor staff members who go “above and beyond” in their efforts to support and mentor volunteers through offering shadowing opportunities, informational interviews, and much more!  A volunteer panel consisting of Mari Fitch, Robin Friedlander, and Nancy Larsen presented on their experiences at Children’s, and it was wonderful to have them share their insights!

A huge THANK-YOU goes to all staff members who attended, as well as all other Children’s staff who mentor and support volunteers throughout the year.  We appreciate you & all that you contibute to our volunteer program!

Music therapist Erinn Danielson, physical therapist Jessie Ovans, & volunteer coordinator Ben Reed

Physician assistants Meghan Webber & Skye Peltier

Volunteer panel members Mari Fitch, Robin Friedlander, & Nancy Larsen

Pharmacy staff members Amy Simons, Laura Dornbusch, Heidi Winkelman, & Steve Grapentine

P.S.  The St. Paul campus will be hosting their Professorship Luncheon next Tuesday, October 4th…so please check back for another update & more pictures then!

Upcoming Educational Opportunities!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mortality & Morbidity Conference (presented by the Center for Quality & Safety and Medical Education)

7:30-8:30 am

Minneapolis:  2nd Floor Conference Center/St. Paul:  GardenView 4057

Case Study:  “Failure to Communicate”

Please join this discussion on how to improve the care and services provided to Children’s patients & families!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lunch & Learn: “Complementary & Alternative Medicine”

Presenter:  Maura Fitzgerald, Advanced Practice RN

12:00-1:00 pm, 2nd Floor Conference Center (Children’s-Minneapolis)

Pharmacy Volunteer Celebration Held On Minneapolis Campus!

On Thursday, July 28th, Pharmacy Manager Laura Dornbusch and her staff were gracious enough to throw a “thank-you” celebration for our inpatient pharmacy volunteers!  Huge thanks to the volunteers in attendance (Victoria Anderson, Meghan Beukelman, Ashley Ceryance, Alexa Edlund, and Xia Xiong), and to Laura & her staff for their generosity!  We are also very grateful for the contributions of those volunteers who were unable to attend:  Ashley Artmann, Jake Hansen, & Kameron Krueger.

Please click on “View Full Album” or visit our Facebook page (Children’s of Minnesota Volunteer Services) to view larger versions of these pictures!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: August!

One more month of summer left…wow!   Here is the August Pediatric Grand Rounds schedule. 

Minneapolis Campus (held from 7:30-8:30 am on Thursdays):

Medical Education Classroom, B-870 (lower level of hospital)

2525 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus (held from 8-9 am on Thursdays):

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

August Sessions:

8/4:  “Concussions in Children:  Current Understanding of Pathophysiology, Clinical Features, and Management”

Presenter:  Joseph Petronio, MD, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

8/11:  “Pediatric Surgical Emergencies”

Presenter:  Nathaniel S. Kreykes, MD, Pediatric Surgeon, Pediatric Surgical Associates

8/18:   “Diagnostic Errors:  The Next Frontier of Patient Safety”

Presenters:  Phillip M. Kibort, MD, MBA, Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

8/25:  “Clinicopathologic Conference:  16-Year-Old With Back Pain”

Presenter:  Katie Larson, MD, Pediatric Chief Resident, University of Minnesota

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!

Summer Career Exploration Opportunity!

Are you interested in health care?  Have you thought about a career as a Physician’s Assistant (PA)?  Or, would you just like to broaden your world?

Join us for a unique opportunity with Meghan Webber, PA in Children’s Neurology Clinic.  Meghan will speak about her journey to, through, and from PA school, offering valuable insight and real-life stories. 

Please join us:

Thursday, July 21st 12:00-1:00pm

Front Education Center (Children’s-Minneapolis, 2nd Floor)

Meghan will present, follow with a Q&A session, and allow time to network afterwards.  Space is strictly limited to 30 participants; first-come, first-served.  Please call or e-mail Ben Reed at 612-813-6170, or [email protected] to reserve your spot.  Hope to see you there!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: July!

Can you believe that June is almost over?!?  Here is the Grand Rounds schedule for the month of July.  *Please note that the time & location of this month’s Minneapolis Grand Rounds have changed!*

Minneapolis Campus (held from 7:30-8:30 am on Thursdays):

Medical Education Classroom, B-870 (lower level of hospital)

2525 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus (held from 8-9 am on Thursdays):

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

July Sessions:

7/7:  “Exercise Medicine & Pediatrics”

Presenter:  Daniel Halvorsen, M.S., Ph.D., Exercise Physiologist, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

7/14:  “Hemophagocyctic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)”

Presenter:  Yoav Messinger, MD, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota

7/21:   Mortality & Morbidity Conference (held in St. Paul only!) 

Presenters:  TBD (various)

7/28:  “Behavior Change:  Why The IPod Was Easy & Handwashing Is Hard”

Presenter:  David Gordon Bundy, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

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!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED for HeartBeat 5000!

VOLUNTEERS WANTED for the HeartBeat 5000 on Saturday, June 25th at Father Hennepin Bluffs Park in Minneapolis!  This 5K run raises funds for Children’s cardiac program.
The following volunteer opportunities are available:
Friday, June 24th
*1:00-4:00 pm:  5 volunteers needed to help with event set-up

Saturday, June 25th

 * 8:00-10:30 am, Mile Markers:  6 volunteers needed to time runners as they pass the mile markers.

* 8:30-9:15 am, Kids’ Fun Run:  6 volunteers needed to coordinate Kids’ Fun Run, take photos and distribute participant ribbons to all kids involved.

* 8:00-9:30 am, Start Line: 4 volunteers needed to help keep start line clear of spectators and assist with set-up/take-down of start line.

* 7:00-10:30 am, T-Shirt Distribution: 4 volunteers needed to distribute T-shirts to participants.

If you’re interested in helping with this great event (feel free to invite friends & family to join you, too!), please contact Kiirsten Preble at 612-813-7194, or [email protected]!  Thanks in advance for your support!