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Hockey is more than a game for terminally ill teen

Children’s Minnesota patient Josh Karels, age 15, has a rare, terminal immune disorder that attacks his body’s major organs. Despite having a disease that could take his life at any moment, Josh continues to play hockey and uses the sport as his motivation to live life to the fullest.

For Health Professionals

Children's Physician Access is available 24/7 with a representative on the line throughout the call to assist with referrals, consultations and admissions and to provide general information.

Locations and Contact us

If you’re visiting us, here’s the information you need to get to our locations and schedule an appointment:

Resources

We know you may want to dig for more information, so we gathered these easy-to-digest materials and resources from pediatric organizations in Minnesota and beyond.

What to expect

Typically, an initial visit will last between one and two hours, although it can sometimes take longer. We ask that you work with our staff to sign consent forms to release records from your primary clinic and any other specialists you’ve seen—reviewing outside records gets us up to speed on much of what we need to know about your child’s medical history. Please also bring along a family history, as it’s important to know if any family members have had immune problems.

Meet the team

Our immunology team is made up of dedicated professionals:

Outcomes and Research

We know that when a child is frequently ill, everyone in the family is on the health care journey, too. That’s why we promote education for everyone and provide opportunities for families and children to connect with other individuals in similar situations. Such opportunities include national patient partner programs and local events specifically for patients and families with primary immune deficiencies.

Conditions and Services

When a child suffers from too many infections, it isn’t always easy to pinpoint the reason. Because we only care for children, we’re experts in the ways the immune system develops from birth to young adulthood. We take all that knowledge and expertise with pediatric conditions to formulate the best treatment plan to help your child.

Immunology

Our immune system is designed to defend us from infections, but sometimes it doesn’t work the way it’s supposed to. When that happens, issues that might be small for most people, like a winter cold, can turn into a big problem.

Patsy Stinchfield, PNP

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

Children's director of Infection Prevention and Control discusses a number of topics pertaining to immunizations.