Red Vest Review

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!

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!

Children’s-St. Paul has had so many changes in the past month! Take a walk through the 1st floor in our main hospital building (the River Tower), and you will find a new cafeteria with sunny seating where the Emergency Department once was, next to a new main Welcome Desk!

Welcome Desk Staff Lenore Loonan and Rob Ayres with Volunteer Edna Knudsen

The new 1st floor Welcome Desk hours are 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. on weekends.

New Welcome Desk
New cafeteria seating at Children's-St. Paul!

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 (

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

Congratulations to volunteer Joyce Sidman, who has been named a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in Children’s Literature! Joyce has been nominated for her book, “Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature,” illustrated by Beth Krommes. Winners for the Minnesota Book Award will be announced April 14th, 2012.

About Joyce:

Volunteer Joyce Sidman (pictured with a past award-winning book!)

Joyce Sidman is the author of many award-winning children’s poetry books, including the Newbery Honor-winning Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night, and two Caldecott Honor books: Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (also a Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award winner) and Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors (which won the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award). She teaches poetry writing to school children and participates in many national poetry events, including the annual “Poetry Blast” at the American Library Association meeting. Her recent book, Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature, has been critically acclaimed and is a Junior Library Guild Selection. Joyce lives with her husband near a large woodland in Wayzata, Minnesota. 


*Biography excerpted from Joyce’s website:

Congratulations on the nomination, Joyce, and thank you for sharing your time & talents with Children’s!