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Go Casual for Kids on Miracle Jeans Day

Posted On: 05/27/2010

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer. But, believe it or not, it’s already time to sign up your workplace for Miracle Jeans Day on September 15.  On Miracle Jeans Day, employees from ANY company in Minnesota or western Wisconsin can donate $5 for the privilege of wearing jeans to work.

Because Gillette is a hospital, our employees usually don’t wear jeans to work. So we think Miracle Jeans Day is a pretty big deal.  Just take a look at the person on the far right of this photo. It’s Steve Koop, M.D., our medical director, in jeans!

So on September 15, join Gillette, and Dr. Koop, by putting on your favorite pair of jeans to support a great cause — Gillette, of course!  To sign your workplace up, call 651-229-1709 (Twin Cities) or 218-624-4790 (northern Minnesota).

Gillette Employees ‘Walk the Talk’ for Good Health

Posted On: 05/25/2010

Here at Gillette, keeping our patients and families healthy is always at the top of our priority list. But sometimes, we can get busy and forget to take care of ourselves! So today, our staff joined up with Regions Hospital for a lunchtime walk to the State Capitol. It’s all part of the Stepping Together for Better Health initiative among six other Twin Cities hospitals. With temperatures 80 degrees and sunny, it was the perfect day for a walk.

Here’s a few photos of our employees having fun on today’s walk. Do you have a tip for healthier living? Then please, post it as a comment!

Moving Day for Margaret

Posted On: 05/24/2010

Last Friday was a big day for our CEO, Margaret Perryman. That’s because our quickly-moving expansion project—a new building and skyway that’s been taking shape right outside Margaret’s office window—came knocking on her door. And we mean that literally! So, just like the many others who’ve given up work space during construction, Margaret packed up her laptop, her papers—and yes, even her favorite plant—and headed to temporary office space. Come later this year, she’ll office in the top floor of our new building.    

Check out this message from Margaret about her big move—and what all of these exciting changes mean.

Margaret’s desk used to sit right here. Now, crews are getting ready to tear down these walls to make way for our skyway:

This area is always bustling with activity. But today, it’s of a completely different kind!

And finally, here’s a photo of our latest construction progress. Since we’re a hospital, after all, here’s a reminder to crews to drink lots of water on this hot day.

Costco Gets Creative With ‘Miracle Zoo’

Posted On: 05/24/2010

Throughout Miracle Month of May, Minnesota Costco stores sell Miracle Balloons to customers, with proceeds coming back to help Gillette kids.  Of course, we appreciate ALL of our Costco stores for their support! But we couldn’t help but highlight the Maple Grove Costco, a store that’s taking an especially creative approach to fundraising this year!  Artistic employees created 3-D animals and other “sculptures,” all made of paper Miracle Balloons, and displayed them throughout the store.

You’ll find a variety of animals here, in the Miracle Zoo. No need to steer clear of these cages! 

But it’s more than a zoo. Look around the store, and you’ll see kid sculptures, too.

A boy and girl, riding a teeter-totter of Miracle Balloons!

A paper-thin Minnesota Twins fan.

Already this month, our friends at Costco have raised more than $67,000 for Gillette. And May isn’t over yet! Be sure to stop by your neighborhood Costco to stock up on Memorial Day supplies. While you’re there, be sure to ask your cashier how YOU can buy a Miracle Balloon.

Pediatric Neurosciences Conference Kicked Off Thursday

Posted On: 05/20/2010

Medical specialists gathered in Minneapolis yesterday to kick off Gillette’s three-day Pediatric Neurosciences Conference. Thursday sessions focused on children who have congenital disabilities like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and other neurological conditions, with presenters from Gillette and other hospitals throughout the U.S. 

But the conference is far from over — experts in treating kids who have special needs will continue sharing their knowledge today and even into Saturday. In today’s sessions, for example, experts will discuss acquired injuries like pediatric trauma and sports concussions.

Here are a few photos of speakers and guests at the conference! To view our list of speakers for today and Saturday, click here.

First View from Gillette’s New Skyway

Posted On: 05/18/2010

Our CEO, Margaret Perryman, might have the best view in the house — for now. But it’s nothing compared to looking at our new building from the skyway that’s taking shape over University Avenue in St. Paul.  Just see for yourself! 

Of course, it’s still ‘construction crews only’ — and will be until fall, as work continues on our patient-care building and skyway. This past weekend, crews poured the concrete floor and roof of the skyway. What about the walls?  They’ll come later. And they’ll be glass, so patients and families can look out on the city, cars, and even see the State Capitol building.

We hope Margaret is enjoying her view — because, this Friday, she’ll move to temporary space to accommodate construction. As you can see, her office window is exactly the spot where our skyway will connect with the hospital. (And even if she did stay in her office, we think she’d find the noise and dust a little bit distracting!)

Margaret's office looks directly INTO the skyway!

We’re Midway Through a ‘Miracle Month’

Posted On: 05/17/2010

May is for Miracles here at Gillette. That’s because, throughout the month, some generous local businesses are selling these Miracle Balloon icons to customers:

You can purchase a Miracle Balloon at any Minnesota Walmart, Sam’s Club, Valvoline Rapid Oil, Dairy Queen, Costco, or Carmike Cinemas.  All proceeds from balloon sales come back to Gillette, the state’s only Children’s Miracle Network hospital.

If you live out-of-state — or simply prefer to donate online — you can still help. Website is teaming up with Children’s Miracle Network to raise money for children’s hospitals like Gillette. Click here to get started, and be sure to enter “Gillette” as your hospital of choice. With every donation, you’ll be entered to win a trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida!

Our New PICU is Up and Running!

Posted On: 05/16/2010

Some Mondays can’t be over soon enough.  But for patients and staff here at Gillette, this Monday is cause for celebration! That’s because, starting today, Gillette’s expanded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is open and serving patients. Our new PICU, located in space formerly used by Rehabilitation Therapies, looks drastically different than when we first began our St. Paul expansion project last fall.

But we couldn’t open our PICU without giving employees, patient families, and the public a sneak peek!  So, last week, we hosted an open house and tour for our new space. Here’s just a few examples of what visitors saw.

This PICU bed is equipped with the very latest technology to help patients heal. Special touches like child-themed blankets and pillows enhance comfort for both patients and families.

Many of the special features in our PICU, like this couch, came from family suggestions: every room is private, each has space for a family member to sleep overnight, and each includes storage space for family belongings.

No, this machine doesn’t usually dispense candy! It’s an advanced piece of technology that stores and dispenses medications.

As part of the open house celebration, we invited three Gillette families — all whose children had spent time in our PICU — to interact with staff and share their experiences. As you can see, they reconnected with some familiar faces!

Bethany Pearson with chaplain Helen O'Brien. Bethany spent time in Gillette’s PICU recovering from a major car accident.

The Fly family with Gillette PICU nurse Hannah. The family’s youngest daughter, Kimberly, was a patient for nearly 2 months recovering from a serious illness.

Our bigger and better PICU is just the beginning! A new patient-care building opens later this year, just across the street from the hospital.  And we’ll soon begin renovating our surgical suites. Click here to see how you can help us complete our surgery project.

Celebrate Spring (and Support Gillette) this Saturday

Posted On: 05/06/2010

It may not feel quite like spring yet.  But this Saturday, you can celebrate the season – and support a great cause – at Primrose School’s Spring Fling Carnival.  What better way to round out Mother’s Day weekend?  Stop by between 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to enjoy carnival games, snacks, a silent auction and more – with all proceeds benefiting Gillette. 

Primrose School is located at 10350 City Walk Drive in Woodbury, Minn. We hope to see you this weekend!

Highlights from Last Weekend’s Bike Expo

Posted On: 05/03/2010

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Bike Expo on Saturday to see and test ride the latest adaptive bikes!  Here’s just a few of the kids and parents who tried out bikes, both indoors and out.

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