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Advocacy Slides: Visits from Lawmakers

Erik Paulson

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Representative Erik Paulsen

U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen visited Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in August 2010. Representative Paulsen and his staff member Katie Meyer met with Alan Goldbloom, MD, Children's president and CEO. One of Representative Paulsen's  constituents, Veronica Stoltz, shared her personal experience at Children's. Stoltz's daughter Katie was born at 17 oz. and was in the hospital for 99 days. As part of the visit, neonatologist Jeanne Mrozek, MD, and patient care manager Jo Crosby walked the group through the NICU. See more photos from Paulsen's visit.

Betty McCollum

Representative Betty McCollum

In September 2010, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum visited Children's St. Paul campus to discuss children's health policy. She and her staff joined Alan Goldbloom, MD, Children's president and CEO, Clark Smith, MD, Children's chief of pediatrics, and Tom McGough Jr., president of McGough Construction, for a tour of the campus work site. They saw the transformation the hospital is undertaking, including the space that will become new operating rooms. McCollum and her staff also joined Dr. Goldbloom for a conversation about federal legislative issues, health care reform implementation and the financial challenges facing Children's as a result of state budget cuts. See more photos from McCollum's visit.

Amy Klobuchar

Senator Amy Klobuchar

In June 2011 U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke at Children's-Minneapolis, highlighting the need for urgent action to address a growing shortage of vital medications, especially drugs for treating cancer. Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska and a Minnesota family also spoke about the drug shortages. See more photos from Klobuchar's visit.

Al Franken

Senator Al Franken

In June 2011, U.S. Sen Al Franken visited Children's-Minneapolis to tour the hospital and meet with patients and care givers about issues related to Medicaid and medical education. Franken met with a Children's pediatric resident to discuss the importance of Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education funding (CHGME), a program that provides much needed funding to training pediatric health professionals. See more photos from Franken's visit.