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Children’s Minnesota combines medical-surgical units

As with many health care providers across the nation, Children’s Minnesota has seen a decrease in patients seeking care at our facilities due to COVID-19 as families and children stay home to keep up social distancing practices. This decrease has been especially prominent in medical-surgical units as the result of postponed elective surgeries.

We are continuing to evaluate our operations to best manage our supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) and resources. In order to ensure our operations are as efficient as possible, we have decided to combine the medical-surgical units of our two campuses beginning Monday, April 27.

Patients currently being treated in the medical-surgical units at our St. Paul hospital will continue to receive care in St. Paul and will be assessed for discharge timing and needs per usual. Patients expected to require continuing hospital care on Saturday, May 2 may be moved to Minneapolis depending on their needs. Patients will be transferred at no cost to their families, and arrangements will be discussed with families individually to ensure we continue to meet their child’s unique needs.

Children’s Minnesota St. Paul hospital remains open

While most medical surgical patients will be discharged or transported to our Minneapolis hospital, Children’s Minnesota St. Paul hospital will remain open. The following services will still be available:

  • Emergency department.
  • Operating rooms.
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
  • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). The PICU will admit intensive care patients, neurosurgical patients after surgery, epilepsy patients and diabetes patients.
  • Behavioral health assessments and admissions of less than 24 hours.
  • Outpatient infusions will be accommodated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Vascular access and sedation.
  • Outpatient services including primary care, outpatient specialty care, behavioral health and rehabilitation services.

Services moving to Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis hospital

The following services will shift to Children’s Minnesota Minneapolis hospital:

  • Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders (CTED).
  • All medical-surgical inpatients seen at the St. Paul hospital, with the exception of care for diabetes and epilepsy, will be admitted in Minneapolis.

This decision will be evaluated at least every two weeks. Resumption of admission to the med-surg inpatient units in St. Paul will be based on surgical volumes, the ability to accommodate PICU critical care admissions and the impact on the emergency department.

Thank you for your understanding and continued flexibility as we work to take amazing care of all children at this time.

For more information about COVID-19, please visit childrensmn.org/covid19.