Monthly Archives: May 2011

Keeping your kids safe during the summer

Kristi Moline

Kristi Moline, our injury prevention manager, appeared on the Mom Enough podcast to share tips on how to keep your kids safe during the summer. One of her biggest messages? Wear helmets! And we aren’t just talking to kids here. Parents, as role models, should also wear their helmets.

Kristi is also the star of one of our new public service announcements on car seat safety. You can find that video, and lots of tips on staying safe, on our Making Safe Simple pages.

Celebrating Partnerships: Families as Partners volunteer Janet von Gillern

Katie Bella von Gillern was born with a left diaphragmatic hernia. Diagnosed just before her birth, she was in the right place at the right time, and received life-saving surgery at Children’s – Minneapolis shortly after she was born. Eight months later, Katie’s life was in jeopardy with an intestinal blockage and a second surgery saved her once again.

After Katie had recovered and life had calmed, Janet, Katie’s mom, had a strong yearning to give back, and thought she could offer support to other families going through a similar experience. Continue reading

Children’s Ranked Among the Nation’s Best by U.S. News Media Group

U.S. News Media Group named Children’s one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. This is the fifth time Children’s was ranked among the nation’s best in neonatology and we are excited to add cardiology and heart surgery, pulmonology and cancer to the list in 2011-12.

It is an honor to receive this distinction in four specialties and it is a reflection of the expertise and dedication that our physicians, nurses, and staff bring to patients and families every day.

The U.S. News rankings give Children’s high marks for patient volumes, safety, and overall outcomes in each of the clinical areas on both the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Children’s also received high marks 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.

For the full rankings and methodology, visit The 2011-12 edition of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals will be featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report.

Children’s Youth Advisory Council wins Volunteer of the Year

Eric Dahlquist, a member of Children’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC), was awarded the 2011 Minnesota Hospital Association Volunteer of the Year award at a ceremony Friday.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Health Care Awards honor the best and brightest in Minnesota health care – individuals who have offered dedicated service to hospitals and organizations that have implemented successful, innovative programs.

As a member of YAC, Eric has been extremely involved in developing several unique projects for Children’s. Specifically, he worked on the redesign of the teen lounge, and the development of the Geek Squad precinct within the hospital. Beyond his participation in Children’s YAC, Eric has also emerged as a valuable hospital volunteer.

“Eric has the gift of intelligence, wit and curiosity, which results in an outstanding ability as a public speaker. Moreover he is compassionate and caring and is extremely engaging on a personal level. He can motivate a crowd and the individual alike, and clearly possesses the traits to be a future leader,” wrote Yoav Messinger, MD, in Eric’s nomination letter for the award.

In addition to his involvement in Children’s causes, Eric has active leadership positions in other organizations and school activities.

We congratulate Eric and thank him for all he’s done for Children’s.

Let’s make safe simple

Today we launched a new section of called Making Safe Simple, where we’ve gathered tips on keeping kids safe from our very own experts. There’s even a great, short video on using car seats correctly.

With one of the busiest pediatric emergency programs in the nation and more than 80,000 pediatric emergency room visits last year, you can trust that we’ve treated just about everything. We love kids here at Children’s. But we’d rather see them safe at home. That’s why we’ve created Making Safe Simple. Share these tips with your kids and print them to share at their schools or with your friends. Together, we can make safe simple.

Geek Squad Precinct receives Innovation of the Year award

The Geek Squad Precinct at Children’s was awarded the 2011 Innovation of the Year in Patient Care Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association at a ceremony on Friday.

In partnership with Best Buy Co., the first ever in-hospital Geek Squad Precinct provides free on-site tech support and consultation to patients and families at Children’s. This helps kids stay connected to their world outside of the hospital, helps parents keep up with the demands of work and life and provides entertainment for the entire family during extended stays.

The Geek Squad serves an average of 1,288 patients and families per month through room visits, walk-ins, and phone calls. For families under the tremendous stress of having a sick child, the Geek Squad Precinct alleviates unnecessary technology related stress.

We congratulate the agents and everyone who makes the Geek Squad Precinct a valuable service for our patients and families.

See more photos on the Geek Squad Children’s Hospital Precinct’s Facebook page.