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Follow-up to today's events at Children's – Minneapolis

We continue to clean and assess areas of the Children's – Minneapolis campus following a fire at the neighboring Chicago Deli earlier this morning. The majority of the hospital and Children's Specialty Center will be reopened by Friday morning, with business operating as usual. If anything changes, your clinical care team will make every effort to notify you in advance.

Thank you to our patients and families for your patience and understanding throughout the day's events. We will continue to share updates on this site and Facebook if there are further developments.

Minneapolis campus update

Earlier this morning there was a fire at the Chicago Deli, a business that neighbors our Minneapolis campus. There was no damage to our facilities and, most importantly, no Children's patients, families or staff were harmed. The smoke did impact our facilities closest to the Chicago Deli. Infection prevention and environmental services are working together to monitor air quality and clean and assess rooms and equipment affected by smoke and residue.

All areas of the Minneapolis hospital and Emergency Department are open, with the exception of elective surgery and radiology which have been postponed or redirected for the day. Areas within Children's Specialty Center will begin to re-open as air quality improves and as equipment and supplies are evaluated. Here is a current status of what areas are open.

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Minneapolis Outpatient Clinics Closed until Noon Today

At approximately 3:30 a.m., our neighbor, the Chicago Avenue Deli, reported a fire. No Children's staff, patients or families were harmed and currently there is minimal risk. Additionally, there is no physical damage to our facilities. As a precautionary measure, at this time, all outpatient clinics are closed until noon today. Please follow up with your provider for more detailed information. We have also postponed all elective surgery, radiology and laboratory services for the day. We’ll continue to share updates here and on Facebook.

Chicago Deli fire update

There was a fire at the Chicago Deli, a business that neighbors our Minneapolis campus. There was no damage to our facilities and, most importantly, no Children's patients, families or staff were harmed. The smoke did impact our facilities closest to the Chicago Deli. Infection prevention and environmental services are working together to monitor air quality and have begun cleaning rooms and equipment affected by smoke and residue.

We have postponed all Minneapolis elective surgical, radiology and laboratory services for the day. All Minneapolis outpatient clinics are closed until noon today, but the emergency department remains open. We are making every effort to notify all impacted patient families. We will continue to share update on this site, and Facebook throughout the day.

New mobile app helps kids alleviate pain

"Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™" app available now on iTunes and in the Apple App Store

Minneapolis – (April 22, 2013) – Seeing the need for a supplemental resource to help manage and alleviate pain in pediatric patients both inside and outside the hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Ridgeview Medical Center, and pediatric non-profit development organization DesignWise Medical have collaborated to create the Healing Buddies Comfort Kit™ mobile app. The app is available for download now for $4.99 on iTunes and in the Apple App Store. More information on the app is also available at www.healingbuddiescomfort.org.

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