Gov. Mark Dayton shows his heart by visiting Children’s on Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day got a little sweeter when Gov. Mark Dayton dropped by the Minneapolis campus of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to visit with some of our patients and their families.

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Welcome to Children’s!
The Governor was greeted by Children’s President and CEO, Dr. Alan Goldbloom. After a brief introduction to Children’s, Dr. Goldbloom and Governor Dayton visited the Cardiovascular Care Center (CVCC) where they were able to spend some time talking with Dr. David Dassenko and a patient family.

washDon't spread the flu! Governor Dayton and Dr. Goldbloom "Wash 'Em Proud" before going to visit the CVCC.


February is American Heart Month, and at Children’s we provide some of the most specialized cardiac care for kids in the state. Children's is the only hospital in the five-state region to offer all pediatric cardiac services in one location, giving patients and families convenience, comfort and familiarity with the expertise and consistency of the care team. The center includes inpatient care, diagnostics, outpatient and inpatient cardiac catheterization, surgical procedures, follow-up services and more.

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Governor Dayton meets “The Dude”
Even during a visit to Children’s, the governor couldn’t avoid being grilled by the media. After his tour, Gov. Dayton stopped by the Children’s Star Studio for a hard-hitting interview with “The Dude” who questioned him about being a dog lover, his favorite ice cream and his thoughts on Selena Gomez’s best song.

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Despite his tight schedule, the governor stayed to hand out valentines and meet some of the kids and families who receive care at Children’s. The kids presented him with a special thank-you to recognize his commitment to kids’ health.

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The care at Children’s
Children’s is the largest provider of comprehensive pediatric health care in Minnesota and provides many essential specialty services to support children and families with complex medical needs. In 2012, we cared for 128,047 individual patients from our five-state region (Minn., Iowa, N.D., S.D. and Wis.). These patients represented 100 percent of counties in Minnesota and 61 percent of counties in the surrounding states.

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Thank you, Gov. Dayton, for showing your love on Valentine’s Day and visiting us at Children’s!