Children’s and St. Cloud Hospital partner on cancer/blood disorders pediatric care

Children’s and St. Cloud Hospital partner on cancer/blood disorders pediatric care  
Children in Central Minnesota needing pediatric specialty care for cancer and blood disorders will now be able to stay closer to home through an expanded partnership between St. Cloud Hospital and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

The new formalized cancer and blood disorders partnership will: 
•    Keep children closer to their family, doctor and home when possible, and provide a continuum of care to Children’s - Minneapolis campus when specialized care is required.
•    Give St. Cloud Hospital access to Children’s treatment guidelines, protocols and recommendations. 
•    Allow oncologists and hematologists from Children’s to be more present at St. Cloud Hospital, scheduling outpatient visits several days each month.
•    Help improve the lives of sick children and drive better outcomes through co-management and coordination of  care at the site that is most appropriate for treatment and for patients and their families.
•    Provide educational opportunities for physicians related to pediatric cancer and blood disorder specialty care. 

The partnership helps meet the growing and evolving medical needs of patients and families throughout Central Minnesota by improving access to high quality, family-centered care for kids fighting cancer and blood disorders. It formalizes a 10-year relationship between St. Cloud Hospital and Children’s and allows both organizations to builds upon the success of a collaborative care model. Already the new partnership has helped St. Cloud Hospital form a Pediatric Sedation Program this past spring, and talks are underway to expand the relationship into neurosciences within the next year.

Craniofacial reconstruction and remodeling part of Cleft and Craniofacial Program expansion

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

Pediatric/Neonatal Emergency Medication Manual

A new Pediatric/Neonatal Emergency Medication Manual is now available to order from Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.


New Immune Dysregulation Clinic opens in November

Children's new Immune Dysregulation Clinic (IDC) is a multispecialty collaborative clinic including staff from Pediatric Infectious Disease/Immunology, Pediatric Rheumatology, and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.  The IDC will provide evaluation and treatment for children with diseases resulting from immune system dysregulation such as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and others.

The IDC is located within the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic/CH Robinson Infusion Center.  Appointments are available beginning November 16, 2011 and can be scheduled through the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Clinic at 612-813-5940, or via Children's Physician Access.

Medical staff include: Tamara Pozos, MD, PhD; Mona LaPlant, MD; Joanna Perkins, MD, MS; Michael Richards, MD, PhD; Dawn Niess, PNP; Melissa Christensen, PNP; Kristine Johnston, RN; Mary Sue Monroe, RN.