Inside Gillette Blog


We Are (Again) a Top Workplace!

Posted On: 06/21/2011

The Star Tribune has again named Gillette among its Top Workplaces of 2011, a list of the 140 best places to work in Minnesota. This year, Gillette ranked 8th in the Top Large Companies category, which includes both public and private companies, as well as nonprofit organizations like Gillette.

So, how does the survey work? Companies choose to take part, agreeing to allow employees to take a confidential survey. Organizations are then ranked within their size group (categories include small, medium, and large employers) based solely on the employee responses.

We can’t thank our staff members enough for their hard work and dedication to providing the very best in pediatric specialty care. It’s because of their expertise, and their commitment to our mission, that families seek out Gillette from throughout Minnesota, around the U.S., and even from other counties.

Want to see the passion of Gillette staff members firsthand? Take a look at this video — featuring rehabilitation care coordinator Jill Olson, along with several other employees — telling the world how they feel about working at Gillette.


Sweet Surprise from Miss Minnesota Contestants

Posted On: 06/15/2011

Gillette kids were treated to a sweet surprise earlier this week, when this year’s Miss Minnesota contestants – and our current Miss Minnesota, Kathryn Knuttila – visited Gillette for a morning of cookie decorating in our lobby.  The ladies made friends with our patients and handed out signed photos.

The reason for their visit?  All Miss Minnesota contestants raise funds for Gillette through Children’s Miracle Network.  Kathryn, for instance, has raised more than $18,000 for Gillette through sales of her CD, Blessed Beyond Measure, which features original piano compositions written by Kathryn herself.

This Saturday, June 18, Kathryn will crown the new 2011 Miss Minnesota. We’re so grateful to Kathryn for all she has done for Gillette – and we’re excited to learn who our new Miss Minnesota will be!  Here are some pictures of our patients’ fun day.


A Sneak Peek Inside Gillette’s Surgery Suite

Posted On: 06/06/2011

Last week, we introduced you to Gillette’s spacious new surgical suite in St. Paul. And this week, we couldn’t resist sharing a sneak-peek inside the beautiful new facility. We are pleased to report that our new facility is already up-and-running for our physicians, nurses, and patient families.

Here is the pre-anesthesia area, where clinical staff prepare patients for their surgeries.  The soothing, nature-themed imagery provides a calming environment for families.

A ceiling of sky and clouds greets patients as they make their way from pre-anesthesia to our operating rooms.

The corridor leading to our operating room mimics the nature theme seen earlier in the pre-anesthesia area.

And finally, one of our seven new state-of-the-art operating rooms. The rooms are spacious enough to accommodate the complex procedures – often involving more than one surgeon – that children with disabilities often need.

Thanks again to the Gillette staff, supporters, and families who helped us welcome the new space last week.


Introducing Gillette’s New Surgical Suite!

Posted On: 06/02/2011

Yesterday marked an exciting milestone for everyone here at Gillette: the completion of our expanded surgical suite in our St. Paul hospital. Physicians, nurses, and other surgical staff will begin using the space as early as next week!  Employees, supporters, and patient families received a guided tour of the state-of-the-art facility, which includes seven operating rooms, a surgical observation area for training residents and fellows, and spacious areas for both pre- and post-anesthesia care.

We were honored that several current and former members of the Minnesota State Legislature were able to attend our open house and tour. We’re especially grateful to members of our Legislature — without the $10 million that Gillette was granted in the state’s bonding bill last year, this much-needed facility wouldn’t exist.

Why was it so crucial that we expand our surgical space? Over the past 10 years, we’ve seen steady increases in demand for surgical services. In fact, the number of surgeries we perform each year has more than doubled since 1999. Advances in technology, and the growth of multi-team, multi-intervention surgeries, have made additional space not just a want, but a true need. With the opening of our new space, we’re equipped to provide growing volumes of kids the best possible surgical care for years to come.

Former State Senator Roger Moe and State Representative Lyndon Carlson toured a pre-anesthesia patient room.

State Representative Lyndon Carlson and State Senator Keith Langseth discuss features of the new space with Gillette staff members.