February 2, 2023

Mental health specialty clinic now open in Roseville 
Children’s Minnesota has opened a second mental health partial hospitalization program (PHP) for children and teens at the Children’s Minnesota Mental Health Specialty Clinic in Roseville. The program can provide continued intensive outpatient therapy for children ages 6-18 who leave the hospital, or can be an option to prevent hospitalization. Children’s Minnesota is also partnering with the Mounds View school district to keep patients on track with their school work while they are in the program. The clinic also houses one of the few programs providing this level of acute mental health care to children as young as 6-years-old in the east metro.

Children’s Minnesota opened its first PHP at its Specialty Center in Lakeville in 2021 and its first inpatient mental health unit at the St. Paul hospital in November 2022.

Recently, the new clinic in Roseville was featured in a story on KARE11. Referral information for the PHP can be found here.

June’s story: A decade of seizures from cortical dysplasia and epilepsy stopped by Children’s Minnesota’s neurosurgery program
Moments after baby June arrived via emergency C-section in May 2012, she was rushed to the NICU because of low oxygen levels. During her stay, June's care team diagnosed her with cortical dysplasia, one of the most common causes of epilepsy. June was referred to Children’s Minnesota and the Minnesota Epilepsy Group, a partnership that forms the only Level 4 epilepsy center in the state and offers the highest level of diagnosis and treatment options for children with epilepsy. 

Medication controlled June’s seizures fairly well while she was younger, but additional tests when she was nine revealed a mass in her left temporal lobe. In December 2021, June underwent a craniotomy to remove the mass, which was determined to be cortical dysplasia and scar tissue. Since her surgery, June has remained seizure-free. Read more about June’s story and view the clinical guidelines for seizure and status epilepticus.
The Mother Baby Center earns top rating at all three locations from U.S. News & World Report
All three locations of The Mother Baby Center, a partnership between Allina Health and Children’s Minnesota, have been named 2022-2023 High Performing Hospitals for Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest award a hospital can earn for U.S. News & World Report’s national rankings for Best Hospitals for Maternity Care. The three locations of The Mother Baby Center include Minneapolis, St. Paul and Coon Rapids.

The Mother Baby Centers were evaluated for the overall quality of care for uncomplicated pregnancies, as well as birth rate for C-sections among low-risk births and rate of unexpected newborn complications in term newborns.

Read more about the award distinction here.

New AAP Guidelines for Hyperbilirubinemia
Eighty percent of babies are born with elevated levels of bilirubin, so it’s common for physicians who care for newborns to see cases of hyperbilirubinemia daily. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently revised its clinical guidelines for treating hyperbilirubinemia, or jaundice, in an effort to make sure every newborn is adequately screened for the common but sometimes dangerous condition.

In the Talking Pediatrics episode, “Code Yellow: New Guidelines for Hyperbilirubinemia,” host Dr. Gabi Hester discusses the new guidelines and treatment with Dr. Jordan Blessing, a pediatric hospitalist at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minn. Left untreated, hyperbilirubinemia can lead to kernicterus, a condition that can cause brain damage, intellectual disabilities, and issues with hearing or vision.

Read the full article here or listen to the podcast here.

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Respiratory illnesses like RSV and influenza are circulating. Here are some helpful resources:

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