Intensive Care for the Tiniest Babies
Children’s neonatology program is one of the nation’s largest, with outcomes among the best in the world. We care for more than 3,000 newborns each year — more than any other program in the Upper Midwest. In addition, Children’s and Allina Health have teamed up to deliver the highest level of care at The Mother Baby Center, which integrates labor, delivery, normal newborn and neonatal services under one roof. In 2018, Thomas George, MD, joined Children’s Minnesota as the first-ever system medical director of neonatology, helping to lead the transition to a single, integrated team across our St. Paul and Minneapolis neonatal units.
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Innovative Care Before Baby is Even Born
The Michael and Ann Ciresi Midwest Fetal Care Center (MWFCC) brings together a team of highly trained experts in maternal-fetal medicine and pediatric specialty care that supports families and babies when a high-risk pregnancy poses challenges — from diagnosis to delivery and beyond. MWFCC is one of only a handful of centers across the country performing the most complex procedures, including laser fetoscopy and open fetal surgery.
Thanks to the generosity of two anonymous donors, Children’s announced the institution’s first endowed chairs in late 2018 — Dr. Jim Sidman Endowed Chair in Fetal Research and Dr. Carol L. Wells Endowed Chair in Fetal Surgery. An endowed chair is created with a gift of $2 million and recognizes the accomplishments of the chairholders, providing a critical source of consistent financial support for their work, ultimately transforming the lives of patients in our care.
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Comprehensive Heart Care, Now Including Transplant
One of the largest pediatric cardiovascular programs in the Upper Midwest region, Children’s Minnesota offers a full range of services, from early-fetal imaging tests to pioneering surgeries for babies, children, teens and adults born with congenital heart defects. In 2018, Children’s launched its heart failure and heart transplant program to better serve the children we treat with heart disease by allowing them to remain closer to home.
Advancing Academics and the Practice of Medicine
Children’s Minnesota is training the future pediatric clinicians in our state and beyond. We’re proud that 100 percent of pediatric, medicine and pediatrics, and family practice residents in the state train at Children’s Minnesota, as well as 75 percent of medical students, regardless of future specialty.
We also focus on research and innovations that are completely kid- and family-focused. From improving day-to-day quality of life for children and teens to adopting cutting-edge technologies, we will never stop looking for better ways to serve the most amazing people on Earth. In 2018, we had 465 active research studies, 187 clinical trials, 147 peer-reviewed publications, and $14.1 million from industry contracts and federal, state and foundation sponsors.