Awards & Recognition

We’re proud to honor our talented team by sharing recent honors, awards, presentations and published work from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota staff.

Read more awards, publications, and presentations from our clinical teams at Children’s.

Children’s Minnesota Best Doctors recognized by Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Children’s Minnesota is proud to congratulate the 99 physicians who were recognized as 2016 Best Doctors by Minnesota Monthly magazine. The annual list is determined by a survey of 10,000 licensed Minnesota doctors who were asked, “If you or a loved one needed medical care, which doctor would you recommend?” See the full list of recognized physicians here.


Children’s Top Doctors recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Congratulations to the 205 Children’s physicians recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as 2016 Top Doctors. The 20th edition of the list includes nearly 864 doctors from across the Twin Cities. More than 5,000 licensed metro-area physicians and registered nurses were asked to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) whom they would choose if they or a loved one were seeking medical care. From there, candidates were grouped into 45 specialties and evaluated by a blue-ribbon panel for their peer recognition, professional achievement and disciplinary history. See the full list of recognized physicians here.


Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota ranked top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report

Best Children's Hospitals - U.S. News and World Report - Pulmonology 2016-17Best Children's Hospitals - U.S. News and World report - Diabetes and Endocrinology 2016-17Children’s has once again been honored by U.S. News & World Report as Best Children’s Hospital, with the pulmonology program ranking 33rd and the diabetes and endocrinology program ranking 49th among the nation’s top 50 programs for 2016-2017. This is the tenth consecutive year that Children’s has been named in the rankings, which list the 50 best-performing hospitals and in 10 pediatric specialties. Read more »


Children’s “Rising Stars” recognized by Mpls. St. Paul Magazine

Congratulations to the 61 Children’s Minnesota physicians recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as 2016 “Rising Stars”. This is the second edition of the Top Doctors Rising Stars list, which highlights outstanding physicians who have been fully licensed to practice for approximately 10 years or less. This year’s list includes 318 doctors in 44 specialties, who were selected after a peer-nomination process. Candidates were evaluated on myriad factors, including (but not limited to) professional achievement, review by an expert panel, extensive research and disciplinary history. Only doctors who received the highest total points from the surveys, research and blue-ribbon panel were selected to this list. See the full list of recognized physicians here.


Bobbie Carroll named one of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by Health Data Management

Bobbie Carroll, senior director of patient safety and clinical informatics at Children’s Minnesota, was recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Healthcare IT by Health Data Management. Carroll has 22 years of experience working in health care and helped Children’s Minnesota become the first pediatric hospital in the nation to have a truly full-loop bar code medication administration system. She talks about the importance of trust and respect among professionals in a health care setting to ensure the kids always come first. Read the full story via Health Data Management: Spotlight: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics’ Bobbie Carroll.


Dr. Laura Gandrud receives the 2016 “Consumer/Patient Experience Award” from Women’s Health Leadership TRUST

Join Children’s Minnesota in congratulating Dr. Laura Gandrud, pediatric endocrinologist at Children’s McNeely Pediatric Diabetes Center for receiving the 2016 “Consumer/Patient Experience Award” from Women’s Health Leadership TRUST for her work in finding better ways to treat and care for pediatric type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. Her most notable research aims to channel her young patients’ passion for smart phones and technology into new approaches for managing diabetes.


Donna Eull named finalist for “Health and Wellness Innovation”

Congratulations to Donna Eull, Children’s clinical practice specialist for pain, palliative and integrative medicine who was a finalist for the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST “Health & Wellness Innovation” award. Donna helps lead Children’s Comfort Promise, a campaign to prevent and treat acute and procedural pain in babies, children and adolescents.


Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota St Paul earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

The Leapfrog Group has named the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s St. Paul hospital to its annual list of top hospitals. Children’s – St. Paul is one of 12 pediatric hospitals in the country honored by The Leapfrog Group for quality and efficiency and the only in the Upper Midwest to earn this distinction. This is the seventh time Children’s – St. Paul has been named to this list and the eighth time Children’s Minnesota has been recognized overall. This coveted recognition showcases Children’s Minnesota’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for both consumers and purchasers. Read more.


Children’s Minnesota honored at Minnesota Business Leaders in Health Care Awards

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota received three honors from the Minnesota Business Magazine Leaders in Health Care Awards in October. The annual awards recognize individuals and companies that have supported and accelerated the regional health care industry through business growth in the medical field, corporate philanthropy and workplace innovations.

The winners and finalists are featured in the November Leaders in Health Care issue of Minnesota Business Magazine which reaches nearly 55,000 Minnesota business executives.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalist:

Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic, winner of the Interior Design/Architecture Project Award

More than 8 million children miss school each year due to severe pain, and 50,000 children die in pain annually in the U.S. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s Kiran Stordalen and Horst Rechelbacher Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic, the first of its kind within a pediatric hospital, provides both pharmacological and integrative, non-pharmaceutical therapies to children suffering from severe and chronic pain. The 10,000-square-foot outpatient clinic features nine treatment rooms with a unique range of healing and therapeutic elements for children suffering from pain as well as life-limiting diseases.

Dr. Stephen C. Kurachek, finalist for the Health Care Practitioner Award

Dr. Kurachek’s ability to see things from a patient or family’s perspective has always guided his decisions, leading him to champion a commitment to honesty and transparency with staff and patients. Dr. Kurachek is a leading physician at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and Children’s Respiratory & Critical Care Specialists, P.A. (CRCCS), where he specializes in pediatric critical care and pulmonology. He is an advocate for quality and all-around safety in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and has spear-headed multiple initiatives to improve care and outcomes.

Laurel Edinburgh, RN, winner of the Nurse Extraordinaire Award

When Laurel Edinburgh began her career 16 years ago in Minnesota, sexually exploited youth were considered a lost cause. To help meet the needs of these young and under-served patients, Laurel developed and implemented the Runaway Intervention Program (RIP) at the Midwest Children’s Resource Center (MCRC), a child advocacy center at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. The nationally-recognized program, which has been replicated by the Department of Human Services and Office of Juvenile Justice Department Programs, helps prevent these vulnerable teens from slipping through the cracks by providing them with the treatment and support they need.

View all winners and finalists.


Children’s PICU nurses named 2015 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year winners

Congratulations to Meghan Braden, RN and Melanie Kuelbs, RN, for being named 2015 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year recipients. Meghan and Melanie were honored for their accomplishments on Oct. 17 at the March of Dimes sixth annual Nurse of the Year Awards at St. Paul’s RiverCentre.

Meghan Braden, RN, MSN, pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), was the winner in the Pediatric category.

“It is rare to find a nurse who, at a young age and early in a career, is so dedicated to a very high level of medical knowledge for herself and for her colleagues. But this describes Meghan Braden,” wrote Meghan’s nominator Peggy Radjenovich, interim patient care manager for the St. Paul PICU. “Since starting in the unit as new graduate, Meghan continues to be a star and willing to take on the challenges of the unit. She is a great example of leadership in nursing.”

Melanie Kuelbs, RN, BSN, pediatric intensive care unit, was the winner of the Advanced Practice category.

Melanie, nominated by Patient Care Manager Lori Wenzel, was recognized for going above and beyond her many intensive care duties to help Children’s prepare for the possibility of caring for a young patient with Ebola.

“Melanie was instrumental in creating a plan for Children’s that included collaboration with the various organizations to ensure seamless care for Ebola patients in Minnesota,” wrote Lori. “She spent many hours ensuring that Children’s – St. Paul staff were safe and prepared, and we are fortunate that she was willing to put in the extra efforts.”

More than 400 nurses from across Minnesota were nominated in this year’s awards, including 19 from Children’s Minnesota. View the full list of winners.


Children’s Minnesota hematology/oncology medical director named Top Cancer Doctor by Newsweek

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota congratulates Dr. Susan Sencer for her recognition in the “Top Cancer Doctors 2015”  list by Newsweek. Dr. Sencer has been part of Children’s hematology/oncology program, the largest in the Upper Midwest, for 25 years. She has been the program’s medical director for the last 12 years. Dr. Sencer has a special interest in complementary and alternative therapies and has been instrumental in founding the integrative medicine and pain and palliative care programs at Children’s.

Dr. Sencer was one of 55 doctors in Minnesota named to the list, which is published by Newsweek in conjunction with Castle Connolly Medical LTD. The list was compiled through peer nominations and extensive research led by Castle Connolly Medical LTD. of nearly 100,000 nominations.

On behalf of Children’s, and our patients and families, we are proud to congratulate Dr. Sencer on this accomplishment.


Children’s Top Doctors recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Congratulations to the 161 Children’s physicians recognized by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine as 2015 Top Doctors. The 19th edition of the list includes nearly 750 doctors from across the Twin Cities. More than 5,000 licensed metro-area physicians and registered nurses were asked to nominate one or more doctors (excluding themselves) whom they would choose if they or a loved one were seeking medical care. From there, candidates were grouped into 42 specialties and evaluated by a blue-ribbon panel for their peer recognition, professional achievement and disciplinary history. Read more.


Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota ranked top pediatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report

U.S.News and World Report Best Children's Hospitals - Neonatology 2015-16Children’s has once again been honored by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Children’s Hospital, with the neonatology specialty program ranking 42nd among the nation’s top 50 programs for 2015-2016. This is the ninth consecutive year that Children’s has been named in the rankings, which list the 50 best-performing hospitals in 10 pediatric specialties. Read more.