Our Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders has added to its staff and increased its capabilities to provide comprehensive care for patients of all ages. We have the ability to care for both children and adults in our clinic located on our Minneapolis campus. Now, if adult patients need to be hospitalized, we have a new collaboration with Abbott Northwestern Hospital to provide inpatient care. Children and adolescents requiring medical stabilization will continue to be cared for at Children’s.
Pediatric Intensive Care Units
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has new Pediatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) on both our Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The PICU is where we care for the most critically ill children and provide the highest level of expertise with 24-hour in-house coverage by pediatric intensivists and primarily one-to-one pediatric nursing care by nurses skilled in high-intensity therapies and interventions, medication administration, and the latest technology. Learn more about our pediatric intensive care program and see what we offer to patients and families in our new units featuring all private patient rooms.
Cleft lip and palate are among the most common birth defects — affecting approximately one in 700 newborns. In response, the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Children's has expanded its services. The largest growth has been in major craniofacial reconstruction and remodeling for infants and young children.
The evaluation of children diagnosed with craniosynostosis, Aperts and Crouzon's syndromes is overseen by Joe Petronio, MD, and Bob Tibesar, MD, who help lead a multidisciplinary craniofacial team. The team, which includes surgeons, geneticists, nurse practitioners, feeding specialists, oral surgeons, psychologists and social workers, evaluates patients in a collaborative setting.
Patients are evaluated at both the Children's - St. Paul and Children's - Minneapolis campuses, and the plagiocephaly team meets weekly in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and at Children's Minnetonka to evaluate plagiocephaly and institute helmeting protocols.
The evaluation and management of speech disorders in craniofacial and other syndromic patients is another area of recent growth for the program. The care team includes speech pathologists from all campuses and allows for an integrated approach to treating speech abnormalities which involves local providers and Children's specialists.
For more on Children's Cleft and Craniofacial Program, including patient education resources and information on how to refer a patient, go online or call Children's Physician Access, 612-343-2121; 866-755-2121
RSV is the No. 1 cause of hospitalization in babies under one year of age in the U.S. Children's Home Care Synagis Program offers a coordinated process for the administration of Synagis, the only FDA-approved medication to help protect preemies and other high-risk infants from RSV.