Does your child have cancer or a blood disorder?

We know a serious illness can have a big impact on your family life. For this reason, specialists at St. Cloud Hospital and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota have partnered together to bring you coordinated care closer to home when possible. Children's board-certified cancer and blood disorder physicians see patients at the:

Pediatric Short Stay & Infusion Unit
CentraCare Health Plaza

1900 CentraCare Circle
St. Cloud, MN 56303

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Children's Center
St. Cloud Hospital
1406 Sixth Ave. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303

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How we bring care closer to home

  • Your child can receive care in St. Cloud when possible, saving you time and travel costs. Our teams have worked together for more than 10 years, so no matter what cancer or blood disorder care is needed, we co-manage and coordinate care at the most appropriate site.
  • If care is needed at Children's, we work with the pediatric and family medicine teams in St. Cloud to facilitate the transfer of care.
  • Teams providing pediatric cancer and blood disorder treatment at the Pediatric Short Stay & Infusion Unit  and St. Cloud Hospital utilize Children's treatment guidelines, protocols and recommendations - ensuring you get the same care if at Children's or St. Cloud.
  • Children's oncologists and hematologists are at St. Cloud's Pediatric Short Stay & Infusion Unit weekly - and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Your child can be treated for urgent things like fever and neutropenia (low white blood cell counts), in St. Cloud at the Pediatric Short Stay Unit or at St. Cloud Hospital's Emergency Trauma Center, Pediatric Unit, Pediatric ICU or Pediatric Progressive Care Unit.

Hematology/oncology patients also can be seen in St. Cloud for:

  • Administration of select chemotherapy and blood products
  • Antibiotic and fluid infusions
  • Monitoring of side effects and complications from chemotherapy
  • Medical evaluations
  • Medical consultation
  • Lab and radiology services

Meet the team

Margaret Heisel Kurth, MD
Clinic: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
Board Certifications: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatrics

Joanna Perkins, MD, MS
Clinic: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Minneapolis
Residency: Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Board Certifications: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatrics

Michael Sprehe, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAP
Clinic: Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Medical School: Louisiana State University School of Medicine, New Orleans
Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Fellowship: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology and Internal Medicine

Cindy Melloy, MD
Clinic: CentraCare Clinic - Women & Children
Medical School: University of Iowa, Iowa City
Residency: University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Board Certification: Pediatrics
Additional Training: Completion of a Bush fellowship in pediatric oncology in 2000

Kathleen Kulus, MD
Clinic: CentraCare Clinic - Women & Children
Medical School: Mayo Medical School, Rochester
Residency: University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, Salt Lake City
Board Certified: Pediatrics
Special Clinical Interests: General pediatrics and hematology/oncology

Thomas Schrup, MD
Clinc: CentraCare Clinic - Women & Children
Medical School: University of Iowa, Iowa City
Residency: University of Wisconsin, Madison
Board Certified: Pediatrics
Special Clinical Interests: General pediatrics and hematology/oncology

We believe that if your child can receive care closer to home, family and friends, it will improve your family's quality of life and result in better outcomes for your child. To be connected to our Care Closer to Home Program, call 612-813-5940.


If you are a health professional and need 24/7 assistance with referrals, consultations or admissions, call: 612-343-2121 • 866-755-2121