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University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital ranks among the best in the nation
Learn which specialty areas rank in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings

Heart Center Update, Spring 2013

For providers: Highlights of our patients, programs and services.

Best Docs for Women 2013
We proudly recognize University of Minnesota Physicians who care for mothers and children in our programs. The following physicians have been named Best Docs for Women by Minnesota Monthly Magazine.
Anesthesiology: Barbara Gold, MD
Dermatology: Maria Hordinsky, MD
Maternal-Fetal Medicine:

Daniel Landers, MD, FACOG
Tracy Prosen, MD
Kirk Ramin, MD
Preston Williams, MD
Yasuko Yamamura, MD
Neonatology: Catherine Bendel, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology: Carrie Terrell, MD
Ophthalmology: Andrew Harrison, MD
Orthopaedics: Elizabeth Arendt, MD
  
Raising funds to help kids like "Mary Moon"
Feb. 2013—The day 3-year-old Mary O'Keefe died, she still wanted to play. She had been in and out of the hospital for a year with neuroblastoma, the childhood cancer that took her life. She had undergone grueling treatment, lost her hair and been cooped up in the same room for weeks at a time. Now a registered 501(c)3 foundation, Mary Moon holds fundraising events to help finance art supplies, toys and games for the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. They want children to enjoy life as much as every child should.

Addy's brother is a match, transplant scheduled (St Paul Pioneer Press)
Nov. 19, 2012—Addy was diagnosed in September with aplastic anemia. The sibling match means the two will be on their way to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital to begin the transplant and treatment.

Family waits for word on cell donation match for blood and marrow transplant
(St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Nov. 16, 2012—Meet Addy. She's 3, and her little brother, 1, may just be the match she needs for a blood and marrow transplant at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.

Hyundai Corp donates $250,000 toward pediatric cancer research

Sept. 21, 2012—Regional representatives of Hyundai Corp. presented University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital with a check for $250,000, courtesy of its Hyundai Hope on Wheels initiative. Cancer researchers Daniel Harki, PhD and John Ohlfest, PhD are the recipients of the grant.

Kidz1stFund donates over $500,000 to University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital

Aug. 6, 2012 — Celebrating its first anniversary on Aug. 5, Kidz1stFund achieved impressive fundraising, awareness and legislative goals in the fight against Fanconi anemia (FA). The University of Minnesota was chosen because it treats more Fanconi anemia patients who need blood and marrow transplants than all other hospitals in the country combined.

Tolar addresses Nobel Assembly
June 20, 2012 — Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, spoke to the Nobel Assembly at Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The Nobel Assembly is designed to give Nobel Committee members the opportunity to learn more about topics they believe will be transformative in the coming decade. Read about his address on the deadly skin disorder called epidermolysis bullosa.

U.S. News & World Report
releases 2012 Best Children's Hospitals rankings
June 5, 2012 — University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital earns top ranks among the nation's children's hospitals in six specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Neonatology, Nephrology and Urology.

Good Question: Why Can't We Look at the Sun During an Eclipse?
June 5, 2012 — Erick Bothun, MD, of the Minnesota Lions Children's Eye Clinic at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital knows. He tells WCCO's Jason DeRusha about potential eye damage.

Why does your stomach drop when you ride a roller coaster?

May 16, 2012 — Good question! Brad Segura, MD, pediatric surgeon at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital knows the science behind the sensation.

Transplant chain participation a first for University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital
April 23, 2012 -- A rare six person kidney transplant chain includes University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital for the first time. Thankful recipients and donors meet to celebrate the life-saving event.

Follow-up care for our tiniest patients
April 19, 2012 — When our tiniest patients are released from our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) parents can turn to the specialists in NICU Follow-Up at our Explorer Clinic on the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital campus.

Uncle makes generous gift of life
March 28, 2012 — Six-year-old Claus’ remarkable story about his uncle’s ultimate gift for life and fellow classmates generosity.


It's official - we're Baby Friendly!

February 2012 — University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, achieved the "Baby Friendly" designation.

College ballplayer looks to his return to baseball after new leukemia treatment
March 2012 — Twenty-two-years ago, John Wagner, MD, performed the first umbilical cord transplant for leukemia in the U.S. Jump ahead to March, 2012, and with the latest medical knowledge, Derrick Keller looks forward to playing baseball for Southwest Minnesota State University after all.

Florida State University head football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, make donation
March 4, 2012 — Florida State University head football coach Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, presented the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital with a $500,000 donation from their Kidz1stFund™.

Volunteer Marsha Ovitz has won an 11 Who Care award
March 2012 — Marsha brings art and music to hospitalized children. The story features patients taking a break from their hospital routine to dance and play music. Marsha is the founder of Breanna’s Gift, named after her three year old granddaughter who died from a brain tumor.

Our Lactation Services Receive High Honors
February 2012 — The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® and International Lactation Consultant Association recently recognized University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital for excellence in lactation care.

Our Hospital Designated a Family Support Program Site
February 2012 — our children's hospital was recently selected as a March of Dimes NICU Family Support program site—the only one in the Twin Cities and one of only two in the state.

Youngest Blood and Marrow Transplant Patient
Feb. 12, 2012 — learn more about Baby Quinn who is the youngest blood and marrow transplant patient at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. She is fighting a genetic condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa, or E-B.

Baby Calvin is beginning to thrive
Feb. 2, 2012 — born with his heart outside his body, Baby Calvin is beginning to thrive, thanks to innovative care from Dr. St. Louis' team.

Organ Donations Always Needed
Feb. 1, 2012 — Eagan 3-year-old waits for a transplant. This touching story emphasizes the need for organ donors.

Anonymous donor triggers chain of three kidney transplants in two states
Jan. 25, 2012 — when a person anonymously donated a kidney, it began a sequence of six surgeries, resulting in three people in two states receiving kidney transplants. University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital played a vital part in this exciting chain of events.

Toddler Carolyn a year after her life-saving liver transplant
Dec. 23, 2011 — One year ago, an infant in need of a lifesaving transplant was given just days to live without a new liver. A donor came through just in time, creating a Christmas miracle that the rest of her family will never forget.

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital, an example of interior design theme
Dec. 21, 2011 — New hospital is functional space that serves its technical requirements while benefiting patients and visitors.

Adopting internationally poses need for special medical and developmental guidance
December 2011 — Minnesota Monthly reports on how the International Adoption Medicine Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital provides parents and children insight and resources to address the psychological and developmental needs of internationally adopted children.

Minnesota Vikings Adopt a Room
November 2011 — Minnesota Vikings players and head coach Leslie Frazier visited patients recently and announced their $200,000 gift to adopt a room. Their endowed gift will equip a 6th floor patient room with technologies and amenities to support patient healing and comfort.

 
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