Laura Colicchia, MD, a maternal-fetal-medicine physician with Minnesota Perinatal Physicians - Allina Health, presented during a virtual opioid video conference series hosted by St. Gabriel’s Hospital in Little Falls, Minn on Wed., Oct. 28, 2020.
The latest Children’s Minnesota stories in the news and press releases from across our hospitals and clinics.
For one family, Vikings game day turned into something very memorable as they welcomed their new baby just before kickoff. Super fan John Olson and Liz Glasser shared their story and experience with Children’s Minnesota with the Minnesota Vikings.
Kids today are exploring gender identity more than ever. Angela Kade Goepferd, MD, chief education officer and medical director of the Gender Health program at Children’s Minnesota, talked about the evolution of gender at the recent TEDxMinneapolis virtual event “Adaptation.”
In the latest issue of MetroDocs, the membership journal of the Twin Cities Medical Society, Dr. Razaan Byrne, primary care pediatrician at Children’s Minnesota, writes about Children’s Minnesota’s response to COVID-19, and the organization’s extensive efforts to reinvent health care to meet the changing needs of patients in the midst of the global pandemic.
Ten years ago, Children’s Minnesota began partnering with Ridgeview in Waconia to bring a higher level of neonatal care to communities in the southwest metro. Since then, Ridgeview, in collaboration with Children’s Minnesota, has cared for nearly 1,500 infants at its Level II neonatal care unit (NCU) that features 7 private rooms and 13 total beds. In fact, the NCU at Ridgeview was set up to mirror the layout of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Children’s Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis.
Congratulations to Robyn Gizzi, APRN, CNP, for being named Minnesota’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (MN NAPNAP)!
Angela Kade Goepferd, MD, Children’s Minnesota’s chief education officer, medical director of the Gender Health Program, presented “Support Without Steering: Gender Identity in Pediatric Populations” to the internal medicine pediatrics clinicians at Park Nicollet in Maple Grove, Minn. on Oct. 14, 2020. The information shared focused on supporting gender diverse kids and adolescents, and included tips to make patients feel comfortable during appointments. Dr. Goepferd also shared how she supports the parents and caregivers of her patients.
Children’s Minnesota earned platinum level recognition for its efforts to increase organ, eye, and tissue donor registrations across the state through the Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Organ Donation Campaign. The WPFL is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the organ donation community with workplaces across the nation in spreading the word about the importance of donation.
The campaign includes a partnership with a TikTok influencer and other strategies to educate teens, parents and health care professionals about the dangers of vaping.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, like most pediatric healthcare systems, Children’s Minnesota adjusted to lower volumes. One of the larger changes we made was to temporarily suspending some services on our St. Paul hospital campus. As we’ve seen our volumes return, we’ve fully opened our St. Paul campus.