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About Jimmy Bellamy

Social media specialist, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

“Children’s Pedcast”: Giving season begins at Children’s Minnesota

subscribe_blogAnnie Waters, the director of annual giving in the foundation at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, talks about fundraising, philanthropy and how to donate as we head into giving season.

The foundation at Children’s Minnesota raises money, year-round, through signature and third-party events, as well as the generosity of supporters and donors. Philanthropy continues near the end of the year with Give to the Max Day (Nov. 12) and the holiday season.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Sanofi US voluntarily recalls all Auvi-Q epinephrine auto-injectors


Epinephrine injection manufacturer Sanofi US has voluntarily recalled all Auvi-Q (epinephrine injection, USP) products on the market, including 0.15 and 0.3 milligrams strength, because they potentially could deliver an inaccurate dosage. It’s possible that Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota patients or families may have received a prescription for this product.

Please contact your health care provider for a replacement prescription. In the event of a life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis), patients should only use their Auvi-Q device if another epinephrine auto-injector isn’t available, and then call 911.

Go to for a list of frequently asked questions and more information regarding the recall. Call 1 (877) 319-8963 or 1 (866) 726-6340 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday for information about how to return Auvi-Q devices. Sanofi US will reimburse out-of-pocket costs to those with proof of purchase of epinephrine auto-injectors.


FDA: Information on Sanofi US voluntary recall


EpiPen Auto-Injector manufacturer Mylan has confirmed it has additional products available for those affected by the Auvi-Q recall.

“Children’s Pedcast”: How Make-A-Wish Minnesota grants wishes

subscribe_blogDr. Joanna Perkins, an oncologist at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, and Carleen Crouse, program manager at Make-A-Wish Minnesota, join the show to talk about Make-A-Wish Minnesota, its relationship with Children’s Minnesota, the wish-granting process and the hospital’s role in a patient’s wish. Crouse also talks about how many wishes are granted each year and shares a variety of wishes Make-A-Wish Minnesota has granted.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Supporters to walk at Mall of America for hydrocephalus awareness

sur_lfs_appointment_20140311_ch_075In summer 2016, the Twin Cities will be the center of the hydrocephalus universe when it hosts the Hydrocephalus Association’s biennial national conference in Minneapolis. But on Saturday and Sunday they get a head start.

subscribe_blogThe Minnesota-Twin Cities Walk and Networking Weekend for hydrocephalus, a chronic condition caused by an excessive buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the brain, takes place Sunday at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and its neurosurgery program are sponsors of the event.

Check-in for the walk is 7 a.m., kickoff is at 8 and the walk starts on the first floor at 8:15. There is a pre-walk networking event from 5-9 p.m. Saturday on the fourth floor in the Mall of America’s Executive Suites near the Skydeck.

11 facts about hydrocephalus (from the Hydrocephalus Association):

  • One million Americans live with hydrocephalus.
  • Brain surgery related to hydrocephalus is performed every 15 minutes.
  • Each year, hydrocephalus is the cause of more than 39,000 brain surgeries.
  • For people living with hydrocephalus, the only cure for a headache is brain surgery.
  • Anyone at any age can develop hydrocephalus.
  • The only treatment for hydrocephalus is brain surgery.
  • Hydrocephalus is the most common reason for brain surgery in kids.
  • NPH (normal pressure hydrocephalus), usually developed later in life, often is misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Many troops who suffer a traumatic brain injury while serving eventually develop hydrocephalus.
  • Hydrocephalus is a lifelong condition; it can’t “go into remission.”
  • There is no cure for hydrocephalus.

M0521_AMB_SUR_Hydrocephalus handout_Print_Page_2How you can help

September is Hydrocephalus Awareness Month. This year the Hydrocephalus Association launched a campaign called “Turn the Country Hydrocephalus Blue!” to help raise awareness.


Tell us why your child’s school year will be amazing

Share a picture of your child's first day of school, and he or she could be our Student of the Day.

Share a picture of your child’s first day of school, and he or she could be our Student of the Day and featured on our Facebook cover image.

For kids and parents, the first day of school is one of the most amazing days of the year. It’s the day when we all dream about the year ahead, about what kids will learn and experience. On our Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram, share with us a photo of your child going back to school, along with their grade, let us know why this school year will be amazing, and he or she could be featured on our Facebook cover image as the Student of the Day.

Click on, save and print out our school year signs below and snap a photo of your child on the first day of school. Then share! #Back2School






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“Children’s Pedcast”: Dr. Susan Sencer on pediatric cancer

subscribe_blogDr. Susan Sencer, medical director of the hematology and oncology program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and named one of the Top Cancer Doctors in the U.S. by Newsweek, joins the show to discuss pediatric cancer. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and one of Children’s signature events, Shine Bright Bash, raises money for the cancer and blood disorders program and takes place Sept. 12 at the Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom in Golden Valley.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Share your shining star, raise money for Children’s cancer and blood disorders program

collage1Shining stars are the ones that shine brightest. As we celebrate Shine Bright Bash, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 12, and Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, we’d like you to meet some of our shining stars. We’ll be sharing them with you throughout September.

We also want to know who shines brightest in your life; it could be anybody — a child, sibling, parent, friend or mentor. Doing so will help raise money for our cancer and blood disorders program.

Tell us through words, a photo or video using the hashtag #shinebrightbash with a tweet, Instagram post or individual, public Facebook post. For every mention of #shinebrightbash between today and Sept. 13, Affinity Plus Credit Union will donate $5, up to $15,000, to our cancer and blood disorders program. Retweets, shares and re-grams count, too!

“Children’s Pedcast”: Patsy Stinchfield on vaccines, infection prevention

Patsy Stinchfield, PNP

Patsy Stinchfield, PNP

subscribe_blogPatsy Stinchfield, an infectious disease nurse practitioner and director of infection prevention and control and the Children’s Immunization Project at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, discusses the importance of vaccines and an immunization schedule; the effectiveness level of the 2014 flu vaccine; how a flu vaccine is determined and created each year; the difference between measles and chicken pox; and how to know when you’re infectious during a cold.

“Children’s Pedcast” can be heard on iTunes, Podbean, Stitcher, YouTube and Vimeo.

Get ready for Shine Bright Bash with Spotify ’70s disco playlist

The second annual Shine Bright Bash will be a night of big hair, platform shoes and incredible dance moves. Get set for the celebration, which benefits the cancer and blood disorders program at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, by grooving to our Spotify playlist of music — especially disco — from the 1970s.

Shine Bright Bash takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Metropolitan Ballroom and Clubroom in Golden Valley. Tickets are available.

Meet Children’s new medical director of anatomic pathology

Megan Dishop, MD, is the medical director of anatomic pathology at Children's.

Megan Dishop, MD, is the medical director of anatomic pathology at Children’s.

Megan Dishop, MD, comes to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota via Denver. She joined our team in March. Get to know her in this edition of Five Question Friday.

five_question_friday111What is your role and title?

I am a pediatric pathologist and one of five full-time pathologists here at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. My title is medical director of anatomic pathology, which means that I am responsible for the administrative oversight of our histology and immunohistochemistry laboratory, our surgical pathology and cytology services, and the autopsy service. In that role, I work closely with our medical director of laboratories, Dr. Carlos Galliani, our team of pathologists, and our pathologist assistant and histology supervisor, Melissa Turner, as well as our larger team of histotechnologists, laboratory information systems specialists, and administrative leaders in the laboratory and throughout our health system.

How long have you worked at Children’s?

I’ve been here about five months. I started in early March and moved from Denver. A lot of people ask me why I would want to move to Minnesota — especially in light of the milder climate and the mountains — but the answer is pretty simple. I saw a really great opportunity — a chance to be part of a laboratory and an organization that is ambitious and growing, that strives for clinical excellence above all else, and that offered me a chance to work with some truly stellar, hardworking and open-minded people with an obvious commitment to a transformative mission. And the lakes are nice, too.

What do you love most about your job?

I love the challenge of recognizing rare disease. I am a visual person and a problem-solver by nature, so making diagnoses from examining tissues and cells suits my natural abilities and the analytical part of my personality. Just when you think you have “seen it all,” something new comes up that challenges the prior dogmas or challenges me to go to the books or the medical literature to understand what I am seeing. While I don’t often get to meet our patients and families, personally, I have a strong sense of mission as a diagnostician, and my role allows me to have a significant impact on treatment decisions in many different pediatric specialties, and to contribute to the care of some of the sickest kids in the hospital, even if it is at a distance. In particular, my expertise in rare forms of lung disease enables me to see diagnostic lung biopsies from babies and children from all over the world — it’s a great feeling to be able to make recommendations and help physicians who are struggling with difficult diagnoses. There is no limit to what we at Children’s can do for the kids in our community and all over the globe.

subscribe_blogWhat’s your favorite memory from working at Children’s?

Well, I have only been here a short time, but so far my favorite memories are of people reaching out their hands and introducing themselves. Everybody has been very welcoming, and I love it when people initiate conversations and tell me about what they do. It helps me to learn more about the many “niches” of the talented people that work here.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I spend time outside of work taking walks with my 11-year-old blue merle Great Dane, Samson. He is a wonderful old dog with a lot of presence and a magnetic personality. I find that he is helping me to meet all of my new neighbors, and the kids on my street just love him.