Monthly Archives: April 2011

Patient Safety Discussion Coming Up!


All Children’s employees, professional staff and volunteers are invited to a patient safety discussion, “Current Issues Impacting Patient Safety,” on May 12 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the Children’s-Minneapolis Education Center.

The featured presenter will be Michael Leonard, M.D. He is a faculty member at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), a Principal at Pascal Metrics, and the former Physician Leader for Patient Safety at Kaiser Permanente.  At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of effective leadership behaviors within an organization to improve safety culture and drive improvement.
  • Learn how safety culture measurements can be used to drive improved quality and collaboration among caregivers.
  • Appreciate how communication failures are the root cause of the overwhelming majority of unanticipated adverse events in health care.
  • Learn about the value of specific teamwork behaviors and tools to enhance communication and improve the delivery of safe care.
  • Appreciate the inherent clinical value of having a structured and consistent approach to the interpretation of clinical information and responding to such.
  • Learn that there are valuable metrics that can guide our journey to excellence in clinical care.

We invite you to join this discussion on patient safety!

Star Studio Volunteer Opportunities Available For Summer!


Have a passion for live theatre, music, and/or television?  Ever dreamed of having your own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame?  Take the first step toward using these passions to better the lives of Children’s patients and families by volunteering with the Star Studio this summer!

The Star Studio is Children’s very own in-house TV channel.  Offering creative programming for children of all ages, Star Studio shows are geared specifically to young patients and their families as an alternative to mainstream commercial broadcasting.  Shows are broadcast from a studio space on the first floor of the hospital into patient rooms; patients are then able to call in from their rooms to play games, request songs, or simply say “hello!”

This summer, we are seeking volunteers to assist with two different shows:  BINGO and the Kids’ Clubhouse (a variety show consisting of games, stories, and music).  BINGO show volunteers will assist in passing out BINGO cards on the inpatient units, logging patient calls/BINGO numbers, and distributing prizes to winners after the show.   Kids’ Clubhouse volunteers will assist with similar duties:  publicizing the show, assisting with cameras and phone calls during the broadcast, and prize distribution.

Shifts available for these shows are:

Mondays, 12:30-3:00 pm (BINGO)

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (Kids’ Clubhouse)

Wednesdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (Kids’ Clubhouse)

Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00 pm (BINGO)

Thursdays, 10:00 am-12:30 pm (Kids’ Clubhouse)

Please contact Jenna at (612) 813-6148 (or [email protected]) if you are interested in one of these exciting opportunities!

Pediatric Grand Rounds: May

April showers bring May flowers…we hope!  Here is the upcoming schedule for Grand Rounds in the month of May.  As always, these sessions are open to all interested volunteers, and are held each Thursday from 8-9 am at the following locations:

Minneapolis Campus:

Children’s Specialty Center, Room 506

2530 Chicago Ave. S.

St. Paul Campus:

John Nasseth Medical Center

Conference Room

255 N. Smith Ave.

May Sessions:

5/5:  “Neurosurgical Problems Presenting In The Primary Care Office Setting”

Presenter:  Joseph Petronio, MD, Surgical Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinic, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota


5/19:   “Mortality & Morbidity Conference”

Presenters:  TBD (various)

4/28:  “Clinicopathologic Conference”

Presenter:  Matthew Ambrose, MD, Chief Resident, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota

No pre-registration is required!  For more information, please contact the Children’s Medical Education Office at (651) 220-6131.  We will continue to post future educational opportunities for volunteers on this site!

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Summer Program Update!

Although yesterday’s snow, rain, and hail may have suggested otherwise, summer IS definitely on its way!  Our deadline for new summer applications was last Friday, April 15th.  We are now in the process of reviewing summer applications, which we expect to take several weeks. 

If you are a current volunteer who has not yet spoken to us about your summer schedule, PLEASE get in touch with one of the volunteer coordinators as soon as possible to assist us in finalizing summer openings!  If you are a summer 2011 applicant, please be patient with us as we review applications and contact individuals for interviews.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact our Minneapolis (612-813-6200) or St. Paul (651-220-6141) offices with any specific questions that you may have! 

Looking forward to another exciting summer season!

Volunteer Blake Hansen Receives “Star of the North” Congressional Award!

Congratulations are in order for our own Blake Hansen, who was recognized last night with a “Star of the North” Congressional Award for Outstanding Community Service!

The Star of the North Congressional Award was designed to publicly recognize extraordinary acts of service and random acts of kindness of Minnesotans in the 2nd District to our community and our world.  (Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District spans the width of the entire southern metro area and contains all of Carver, Scott, Le Sueur, Goodhue, and Rice Counties.)

“We are blessed in Minnesota to be surrounded by so many selfless individuals who are willing to step up to address the needs they see in our communities and beyond,” Congressman John Kline said. “These ‘Stars of the North’ have given far more than they have received — by volunteering, offering a helping hand, or reaching out to a neighbor to ask, ‘What can I do for you?’**


Congratulations, Blake, for being recognized as not only a CHILDREN’S Star, but a “Star of the North!”

Blake Hansen, pictured with Congressman John Kline

A Parent’s Thank-You To Children’s Staff!

With high school and college students making up about two-thirds of our volunteer corps, we know that parental support is a HUGE component of supporting student volunteers in their volunteer ventures.  Recently, we received the following kind e-mail from the parents of volunteer Haley Adasiewicz:

“Just wanted to thank you and Children’s for offering Haley a wonderful volunteer experience.  She really enjoyed her time, learned a lot and I know will draw on her experience as she goes to college.  Please thank the nurses and other staff at Children’s who took extra time to show her what to do and answer her questions.   Thanks so much.  -Gina and Matt Adasiewicz [Haley’s parents]”

Haley Adasiewicz Haley Adasiewicz

Once More, With Feeling…We Appreciate YOU!

This officially concludes the end of Volunteer Recognition Week here at Children’s!  We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading kind words from staff members, “success stories” of program alumni, and in-depth profiles of the variety of caring & talented individuals who donate their time to our program. 

On behalf of all of us in Volunteer Services, THANK YOU so much for the amazing work that you do!   This may be the end of National Volunteer Week, but there is NO end to our gratitude & appreciation for you!

Volunteer Recognition Week Profile: Jaida Adams-King

Jaida Adams-King

Jaida Adams-King

“My name is Jaida Adams-King. I’m in the eleventh grade at Champlin Park High School. I work at the Noble Subway and I’m currently preparing to go on a mission trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico. I volunteer at Children’s every Tuesday, and I always try to be there each and every week. My hobbies are writing and reading. My interests are helping others, meeting new people, and enjoying life!

I began volunteering at Children’s because I wanted to know the day-to-day lives of the nurses and the doctors. I really enjoy it because I get to meet so many different patients with various personalities, and it’s amazing to see them getting better. After high school, I plan to go to college and major in either medicine or psychology. If I were to major in either one of these careers, I would want to work with children most. I think children are the most diverse people in the world and they keep you on your toes! Plus, it would be nice to go into work every day and enjoy working.”

Thank you so much, Jaida, for all that you’ve done here as a volunteer!

Volunteer Recognition Week: Words of Appreciation from Staff Member Tanya Juarez-Sweeney

Tanya (L), pictured with volunteer Randy Reyes and Eriq (“The Dude!”) Nelson  on a Project Runway-inspired episode of the Kids’ Clubhouse TV show!

Child & Family Services Project Specialist Tanya Juarez-Sweeney has been working at Children’s for 5 years now, working in Child & Family Services on a variety of teams and special projects.  In Tanya’s words:

How long have you been working with volunteers?

Initially I worked with volunteers in the Family Resource Center, but over the past few years, most of my time with volunteers revolves around the Star Studio television programming–which we couldn’t pull off without the help of volunteers!

What is your favorite thing about having volunteer support?

I love the variety of cool personalities and big hearts! I always ask volunteers what drew them to volunteer here, and I love hearing the myriad of answers. I love the personal enthusiasm that volunteers bring to Children’s. They are genuinely invested in our mission and love working with our patients and families! There is something special in all of us at Children’s that drew us to being a part of this organization. I think there is something extra-special in volunteers because they give a piece of themselves and their time simply because they want to, without any expectations.

Are there any stories that you want to share about volunteers?

“You take ½  and I’ll take the other ½…”  How many times have I said this to a volunteer as they have rescued us by rounding with me before a show? It has been fun to hit the floors together and feel like a power team as we spread the word about the TV shows! I appreciate the fun and the help!

Thank you so much, Tanya, for the warmth & kindness that you always extend to our volunteers!

Volunteer Recognition Week: Words of Appreciation from Staff Member Anne Helgason

As many of our Minneapolis volunteers know, we undertake an immense task every couple of months:  labeling informational brochures for the Sudden Infant Death (SIDS) Center at Children’s.

Anne Helgason, SIDS Program Center Assistant, was kind enough to send the following note after our most recent batch of brochures was sent over:

“What a great surprise to come in today and find all these boxes of brochures! Thank you, once again, for your hard work, and that of your wonderful volunteers.  It is a great help to us, and now we are set for a while.

With our appreciation,

Thank you, Kathleen & Anne, for always taking time to appreciate & acknowledge our volunteers!