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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Awarded “Leapfrog Top Hospital” Designations for Quality and Efficiency

Children’s Received Two of the Seven Awards Given Out Nationwide for Pediatric Care

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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Announces Plans to Cut Expenses Due to Significant Increases in Patients on Medicaid and Cuts in State Funds

Repeated Cuts to Medicaid Reimbursements Have Led to Negative Operating Margins

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Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Again Ranked Among Nation's Best by U.S. News & World Report

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, Minn., June 3 -- For the fourth consecutive year, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual America's Best Children's Hospitals survey.

Once again, Children's was the only pediatric hospital in Minnesota to be recognized among the top 30 pediatric hospitals for neonatal care – the care of infants born prematurely or with other complications.
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“This recognition is a reflection of the expertise and dedication that our physicians, nurses and staff bring to patients and families every day,” said Alan L. Goldbloom, MD, president and CEO of Children’s. “It is an honor to be recognized for outstanding neonatal care. We are proud to serve this community and we remain committed to providing the best possible care for patients and their families.”

Children’s takes care of the largest number of high-risk babies in the state and has a long track record for excellence in clinical outcomes as well as research and care innovation. The St. Paul Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was one of the first in the country to move to an all private patient room model to provide more privacy and comfort to families, and to reduce the risk of infections. The Minneapolis NICU moved into a new facility with all private rooms last year.

The U.S. News report gives Children’s high marks for patient safety and infection prevention. Children’s was also ranked high for nurse-to-patient staffing levels that continue to be among the nation’s highest, and for its designation as a Magnet hospital for excellence in nursing, bestowed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

The specialty rankings were weighed on a three-part blend of reputation, outcome, and care-related measures such as nursing care, advanced technology, credentialing, and other factors, including a combination of opinions from pediatric specialists nationwide. A detailed description of the methodology can be found at www.usnews.com/childrenshospitals.

The 2010 edition of America's Best Children's Hospitals will be featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands starting July 27.

About Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Serving as Minnesota’s children’s hospital since 1924, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota has 332 staffed beds at its two hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children’s of Minnesota provides care through more than 14,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits every year. Children’s is the only Minnesota hospital system to provide comprehensive care exclusively to children.

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Receives $17.5 Million Gift from UnitedHealthcare to Support Creation of a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center

Largest gift ever made to Children’s will help enhance care for children throughout the Upper Midwest

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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Opens New Cardiovascular Center in Minneapolis

New facility is the only one of its kind in the Upper Midwest, integrating all pediatric cardiovascular services onto one floor

Minneapolis/St. Paul (April 5, 2010) – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is opening a new world-class Cardiovascular Center—the only one of its kind in the Upper Midwest—that integrates all pediatric cardiac services in one location. The new Cardiovascular Center reflects Children’s dedication to family-centered care with all private patient rooms with the latest in technology for both the patient and care team, a state-of-the-art hybrid operating room, and 24/7 access to specially trained cardiac intensivists to ensure the best possible care for patients.

The new Cardiovascular Center allows Children’s, the largest provider of pediatric cardiovascular services in the region, to take its excellence in pediatric care to an even higher level.

“After years of planning, we can now provide care in a space that matches our high quality care services and is specifically designed to meet our patients’ unique needs,” said David Dassenko, MD, medical director of the Cardiovascular Center at Children’s. “Children’s is a national leader in terms of delivering the best outcomes for the most difficult cardiac issues and we’re fortunate to have this new, world-class facility in which to continue carrying that out.”

The Cardiovascular Center concentrates all cardiac services on one floor, including admissions, diagnostics, outpatient and inpatient cardiac catheterization, surgical procedures, discharge services, and follow-up care services. A patient will stay on the same unit from the time they are admitted to discharge, optimizing the continuity of patient care and minimizing risk involved in moving patients from floor to floor post-surgery.

In addition, the new center features advanced technologies such as full access to the SOMATOM Definition Flash CT scanner, which minimizes radiation exposure for patients while obtaining optimal images. The facility also features a dedicated hybrid operating room-one of only a few nationwide, a cardiac catheterization lab, and a standard operating room, all of which provide the best available technologies for patients.

Along with the technical features, Children’s cardiac care model provides patients access to Children’s top quality medical staff, including five on-site cardiac intensivists devoted to pediatric cardiac care 24/7. No other facility in the region offers this service. The center is also staffed with specially trained cardiac nurses, respiratory care staff, and a pain specialist who will join the team soon.

About Children’s

Serving as Minnesota's children’s hospitalSM since 1924, we provide 332 staffed beds at our two hospital campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis. An independent, not-for-profit health care system, Children’s provides care through over 14,000 inpatient visits and more than 200,000 emergency room and other outpatient visits each year.