June 23, 2022

U.S. News & World Report ranks Children's Minnesota among Best Children's Hospitals
The Kid Experts™ at Children's Minnesota have once again been recognized as a Best Children's Hospital by U.S. News & World Report, sharing a ranking for cardiology and heart surgery with Mayo Clinic, as well as ranking for pulmonology and lung surgery and nephrology

“We are honored to have the highly-specialized care our kid experts provide to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Marc Gorelick, president and CEO of Children’s Minnesota. “We are extremely proud of our teams for always putting kids first and going beyond what is expected for our patients and their families.” Read the full article.
Innovative program helps preterm babies go home sooner
Some pre-term neonatal patients can be discharged from the hospital sooner through the unique Children’s Home Application-based Monitoring Program at Children’s Minnesota. This one-of-its-kind program in Minnesota allows infants who qualify to receive expert care and monitoring at home. The program is now available at all three of Children's Minnesota's neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) locations: Minneapolis, St. Paul and Coon Rapids.

“Children’s Minnesota will always strive to pioneer cutting-edge programs that continue to put our patients first and keep families as part of their care team – the Children’s Home Application-based Monitoring Program accomplishes all of these goals,” explained Dr. Cristina Miller, medical director of the NICU Follow-Up Clinic at Children’s Minnesota, and founder and director of the program. “Even though the babies who qualify for the program are home, their clinical care team still remains at their bedside virtually to ensure they are growing, healthy and thriving.” Read the full article.

Research by Children's Minnesota emergency department staff reveals disparities 
Dr. Kelly Bergmann Dr. Manu Madhok
Two recently published studies revealed racial and ethnic disparities in pediatric cases of type 1 diabetes and emergency care for children experiencing cardiac arrest.

Dr. Kelly Bergmann, director of research for the department of emergency medicine, and Children’s Minnesota authored the report, “Association of Neighborhood Resources and Race and Ethnicity With Readmissions for Diabetic Ketoacidosis at U.S. Children’s Hospitals,” which was published in JAMA Network Open. Dr. Bergmann and other Children’s Minnesota research and clinical staff found that Black children with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) were at a higher risk to be readmitted for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) compared to other racial groups, regardless of whether they lived in a high-opportunity or low-opportunity neighborhood. Read a summary of the study.

Dr. Manu Madhok, trauma and emergency department physician at Children’s Minnesota, published the study, “Age and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Pediatric Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest,” in the journal Circulation. Dr. Madhok and his research team revealed children who are Black, Hispanic and other races/ethnicities experiencing cardiac arrest receive CPR from a bystander at a lower rate of 67-69% of the time, compared to 75% for white children. Read a summary of the study.
Expert cancer and blood disorder care for adolescents and young young adults
Clinical expertise at Children's Minnesota extends well beyond prenatal to preteen care. At the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer and Blood Disorders program, our specialists accept new patients up to age 26 and treat patients up to age 29. Research has shown that outcomes are improved for this patient population when they are treated in a pediatric hospital that uses pediatric research protocols. 

The AYA Cancer and Blood Disorders program at Children’s Minnesota designs individual treatment plans for each patient that coordinates care between the patient’s referring physician and psychological and emotional support resources as needed. 

Dr. Julie Chu, AYA oncology program director at Children’s Minnesota, said, “Patients are evaluated using pharmacogenetic assessment with the goal of individualizing therapy and avoiding toxicity. We emphasize clinical trial enrollment, including tumor banking studies and multicenter trials, to help ensure our patients have as many options on the table as possible to enhance positive patient outcomes.”  
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Mental health care access to expand with partnership between Children’s Minnesota and Washburn Center for Children
Children’s Minnesota is proud to announce a partnership with community-based mental health provider Washburn Center for Children to improve mental health care access for kids and teens and meet the community-wide need for more pediatric mental health care.

The partnership coordinates care with an acute response therapist from Washburn Center for Children whose role is to work directly with Children’s Minnesota patients referred through our emergency departments and our future mental health inpatient unit in St. Paul. This position will support more than 100 kids annually, transition them to less intensive services and ensure they have the resources needed to be successful.

The new Children’s Minnesota inpatient mental health center in St. Paul will open in the fall of 2022 and is expected to treat more than 1,000 children and adolescents annually. The inpatient unit will be the first in the east metro to serve kids under 12 years old and one of few in the state to admit all kids, even those with other complex medical conditions. Included in the new unit are 22 large private rooms that will allow parents to stay overnight with their child. 
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Children's Minnesota providers join national conversations on pediatric health care
Dr. Gigi Chawla Dr. Ashley Gyura
Dr. Gigi Chawla, vice president, chief of general pediatrics at Children’s Minnesota, joined other national experts for a U.S. News & World Report webinar looking at the future of pediatric care. “How Children’s Hospitals Can Plan for the Future of Pediatric Care and COVID-19” explored what children’s hospitals have learned since the pandemic began in the spring of 2020. Dr. Chawla emphasized Children’s Minnesota's investment in the continuum of mental health care, including the opening of the organization’s first partial hospitalization program (PHP) and the upcoming inpatient unit in St. Paul. Learn more.

Dr. Ashley Gyura, APRN, CNP, DNP, a pediatric nurse practitioner (PNP) in infectious disease at Children’s Minnesota, has been selected as the clinical expert advisor with the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Association (NAPNAP) for the Nurse Practitioner Education and Knowledge Assessment for Lyme Disease Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Gyura will be at the forefront of national education and outreach efforts, including a national radio program and podcast, to ensure clinicians have access to the latest diagnostic and treatment tools for Lyme Disease. Learn more.

Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd Nick Alm
Exploring gender identity and expression
In this podcast episode, "Breaking the binary: expanding gender identity and expression," Dr. Angela Kade Goepferd, (they/she), medical director of the Gender Health program at Children’s Minnesota, explores gender binary and the importance of expanding gender expression. Podcast guest Nick Alm (they/them) is the founder of Mossier, an organization that collaborates with companies to develop LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces. They talk about their experience growing up queer and their work to create spaces and a culture where everyone feels seen and safe. Read the article.
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