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Children’s Minnesota becomes first in state to implant state-of-the-art non-surgical heart valve in a child

The Children’s Minnesota Cardiovascular Program recently became the first program in the state to implant the Harmony valve, a new type of non-surgical heart valve, in a pediatric patient.

Baby Jagger: born with an epignathus teratoma followed by a 76-day NICU stay

Mycaela Scalzo and Donovan Martin, parents of one with another on the way, were going to their 20-week ultrasound appointment with the typical feelings of anxiousness and excitement parents have. During this appointment, the baby’s size, organs and overall health are checked. But Mycaela and Donovan’s excitement soon turned to fear. During the check-up, an unknown mass was found on their baby’s face. The provider suspected it was oral teratoma – a noncancerous but still potentially dangerous tumor that could block the baby’s airway, create feeding issues and more.

Simulation training: sending parents home with the skills and confidence needed to take care of their medically complex child

While we’ll never be able to completely ease parents’ fears, we can significantly increase their skills and confidence by providing them simulation (sim) training before their child leaves the hospital.

Q&A with the creator of the S.T.A.B.L.E. program: the most widely taught neonatal education program

Kris Karlsen, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN, is a board-certified neonatal nurse practitioner who authored The S.T.A.B.L.E Program, the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants.

Children’s Minnesota oncologist presents Grand Rounds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

Dr. Kris Ann Schultz, pediatric oncologist, Children’s Minnesota, provided Grand Rounds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Nashville, Tennessee) on Jan. 27, 2022.

Children’s Minnesota manager of health equity joins Black Nurses Rock during pandemic to make a profound impact

Adriene Thornton, MAOM, BSN, CIC, FAPIC, manager of health equity at Children’s Minnesota, joined Black Nurses Rock during pandemic to make a profound impact.

Children’s Minnesota expert co-authors CDC study examining COVID-19 boosters’ impact on Omicron/Delta variant hospitalizations

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) details how effective COVID-19 boosters are for adults at preventing COVID-related hospitalizations, and emergency department and urgent care visits nationwide.

Bronchiolitis: the other respiratory illness surging in children during the COVID-19 pandemic

In their podcast, Guidelines with Gabi: Something Old, Something New, Lots of Kids Needing O2: Update in Bronchiolitis, Drs. Gabi Hester and Nadia Maccabee-Ryaboy discuss the influx of bronchiolitis cases they’ve seen at Children’s Minnesota along with methods of treatment, possible coexisting infections and promising research on the horizon.

Referral and collaboration help baby August beat the odds of Ebstein anomaly diagnosis

If you see baby August today, it would be hard to tell the difficult road he’s already been on in his young life. Diagnosed in utero with Ebstein anomaly, August’s was able to beat the odds thanks to a comprehensive and multidisciplinary team of health care professionals.

Children’s Minnesota Chief Nursing Officer accepts inaugural Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award on behalf of Minnesota frontline health care heroes

Congratulations to all Minnesota frontline health care workers for receiving the 2021 Melrose Twin Cities Principled Leadership Award. Caroline Njau, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Children’s Minnesota, accepted the award on behalf of every frontline health care worker statewide. This recognition honors Minnesota’s health care heroes’ service and sacrifice throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.