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Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota  Rename West St. Paul and Hugo Clinics

Two of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota primary care clinics have new names

ST. PAUL, Minn. – July 1, 2015 –Two of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota primary care clinics have new names – Children’s West St. Paul Clinic, formerly PACE Pediatrics, and Children’s Hugo Clinic, formerly Northeast Pediatrics. Both clinics have been owned by Children’s since 2009-2010 after acquiring the private practices and hiring the physicians and staff as employees.

The new location-based names make it easier for families to identify Children’s clinics in their area. Children’s has 12 primary care clinics: in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Hugo and West St. Paul with employed physicians and nurse practitioners; in St. Louis Park, Brooklyn Park, Rogers, Maple Grove, and Plymouth with professional services provided by Partners in Pediatrics; and in Edina, Burnsville and Shakopee with professional services provided by Metropolitan Pediatrics.

With clinics across the Twin Cities and expanded evening and weekend hours, more families have convenient access to Children’s top quality care. Families can get the appropriate level of care at Children’s – from routine well child check-ups and vaccinations, to care for unexpected illness or injury –most of which can be handled in the primary care clinic with the physicians and staff they already know and trust. And, when it is more serious, Children’s has emergency rooms in Minneapolis and St. Paul with staff trained to the highest trauma level – specifically for kids. Children’s also has more than 50 pediatric specialty areas of expertise for anything in between.

Families at our West St. Paul and Hugo clinics will experience the same high-level of care and compassion as they have come to expect. For families’ convenience both clinics have onsite radiology/x-ray and lab services.

Children’s Hugo Clinic is now open seven days a week, with extended weekday evening hours, and offers walk-in Ready Care where no appointment is needed. New nurse practitioner, Krystal Kaminski, APRN, and physicians Catherine Bedford, MD, Gail Casemore, MD, Kristin Heuermann, MD, and Cynthia Krull, MD, are available to see new patients.

Children’s West St. Paul Clinic is open six days a week and offers same-day appointments for sick children. New nurse practitioner, Hannah Kull, APRN, and physicians James Hocks, MD, and Julia Beckman, MD, are available to see new patients.

As part of Children’s pediatric health system, Children’s primary care clinics give families more resources and access to specialists to provide the best possible care for their child. In addition to hospitals in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Children’s has pediatric rehab and specialty clinics throughout the metro area.

About Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the United States and the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children, from before birth through young adulthood. An independent and not-for-profit system since 1924, Children’s serves kids throughout the Upper Midwest at two free-standing hospitals, 12 primary and specialty-care clinics and six rehabilitation sites. Children’s maintains its longstanding commitment to the community to improve children’s health by providing high-quality, family-centered pediatric services and advancing those efforts through research and education. This work is made possible in large part by generous philanthropic and volunteer support from individuals and organizations throughout the state and region. An award-winning health system, Children’s is regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a top children’s hospital. Please visit

Jen Swanson