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Children’s Minnesota cardiovascular team welcomes three new members

The cardiovascular team at Children’s Minnesota is excited to announce the addition of two new physicians to their team: Shashi Raj, MD, FAAP, FACC, and Erica Molitor-Kirsch, MD. Dr. Raj and Dr. Molitor-Kirsch are pediatric cardiac intensivists in our cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). We’re also excited to announce an additional pediatric nurse practitioner, Andrea Lueck, APRN, CNP, DNP.

Tenth annual Nursing Professional Development Conference

Join us for this virtual conference designed to expand nursing knowledge, skills and abilities in the care of transgender patients, nurse resiliency skills, and how nurses apply innovation principles to practice.

Children’s Minnesota physicians recognized as Rising Stars by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Congratulations to the 63 Children’s Minnesota physicians recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as 2020 “Rising Stars.” The Top Doctors: Rising Stars list highlights up-and-coming physicians who have been fully licensed to practice for approximately 10 years or less and are recognized for their achievements by peers.

Children’s Minnesota expanding care to help more children live pain-free

At Children’s Minnesota, we’re committed to helping prevent and treat pain in kids so that they can live as well as possible. As part of that commitment, we’re expanding access within the Pediatric Pain, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine Program.

New multi-specialty Stroke Clinic at Children’s Minnesota

Launched at the beginning of 2020, Children’s Minnesota Stroke Clinic provides comprehensive care for patients with history of stoke, acute post-event evaluations and long-term management.

Children’s Minnesota announces new Sickle Cell Program Medical Director

Children’s Minnesota is thrilled to announce that Derrick L. Goubeaux, DO, will step into the role of Sickle Cell Program Medical Director, following Dr. Stephen Nelson, who retired in early 2021.

Children’s Minnesota announces Caroline Njau as Chief Nursing Officer

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (March 22, 2021) –Caroline (Ndungu) Njau, MBA, BSN, RN, NEA-BC is joining Children’s Minnesota as its new senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer (CNO) effective immediately. In her new role, Njau will be responsible for patient care operations across two hospital campuses, including nursing and patient and family services, as well as nursing strategy, education, and professional development. She is a member of the Children’s Minnesota Executive Leadership team.

Harm events beyond safety: The importance of measuring health equity

Children’s Minnesota leaders Dr. Emily Chapman and Dr. Gabrielle Hester talk about the urgency of addressing health disparities. “We must be transparent about our shortcomings as health care institutions and actively work to address the implicit, institutional and structural biases that impact quality of care. Because only when we know what the problem is, can we begin to address it.”

Children’s Minnesota receives heart transplant certification

Children’s Minnesota announced it received the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) certification of its Heart Failure and Heart Transplant program.

“Black Men in White Coats” panel: Why representation in health care and STEM is important

“It’s important that as a community we work hard to defeat the monster of low expectations. Most kids in elementary school, regardless of race or background, are equally interested in the same things,” said Andrew Kiragu, MD, pediatric critical care, Children’s Minnesota. “But unfortunately, somewhere along the way for young black boys, these dreams slowly fade away. And part of that is, lower expectations presented to them and lack of role models. This is why it’s important for those of us in medicine, engineering, etc. to reach back and give an example to excite them the possibilities that are ahead of them.”