Inside Gillette Blog

Dairy Queen Employees Give Big to Gillette!

Posted On: 10/23/2011

Let’s be honest – Monday isn’t always a day we look forward to.  But today, our friends at Dairy Queen enjoyed a very happy Monday, thanks to a special employee lunch hosted by Gillette and Green Mill.  The lunch is part of Dairy Queen’s annual employee giving campaign, during which employees commit to either a one-time or monthly donation to Gillette, Minnesota’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.  Launched in 2008, the annual campaign has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars that fund essential facilities and services for Gillette patients with special needs.

Gillette patient John Kuziej, 17, and his mom, Janet, joined Dairy Queen CEO John Gainor and Communications Director Dean Peters in greeting employees.

John Kuziej and his mom, Janet, enjoyed fresh pumpkin pie Blizzards in Dairy Queen's "Blizzard test kitchen."

Behind-the-scenes at DQ, whipping up a French Silk Pie and Pumpkin Pie Blizzard for Janet and John Kuziej.

Thanks to everyone at Dairy Queen for their generous support!

Congratulations, Gillette nurses!

Posted On: 10/12/2011

Whether they’re brightening a hospitalized child’s day, calming an anxious family before a surgery, or helping to navigate a busy outpatient clinic appointment, nurses play an essential role in the work we do at Gillette.

It comes as no surprise that, last weekend, three of our nurses were recognized by the March of Dimes’ Nurse of the Year Awards for their dedication, compassion, and contributions as nurses. Gail Busch, a nurse on our orthopedic/surgical unit, and Jennifer Essen, an education specialist in our surgery department, received Nurse of the Year recognition in the Pediatric and Rising Star categories, respectively.  And in an exciting surprise, pediatric nurse practitioner Sarah Gutknecht was named 2011′s Distinguished Nurse of the Year!  Click here for more on our Nurse of the Year awards winners.

We know that Sarah, Gail, and Jennifer’s recognition reflects the outstanding work performed daily by Gillette’s more than 250 nurses.  Congratulations to our entire nursing team!

Sarah Gutknecht, 2011 Distinguished Nurse of the Year

Hispanic Radiothon es una Gran Celebración

Posted On: 10/02/2011

On Friday and Saturday, we took to the airwaves to raise awareness of, and funds for, Gillette.  And we did it in a way that, while relatively new, is proving effective for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S.  Inspired by these successes, we partnered with Radio Rey, Land O’Lakes and Cub Foods to hold our first-ever Hispanic Radiothon, Radio Rey with Love for the Kids.  Throughout the two-day event, Radio Rey shared the stories of families in the Twin Cities Hispanic community whose children receive care at Gillette.  Bilingual Gillette employees, too, spoke about their dedication to Gillette’s mission. Pre-taped interviews were combined with live on-air broadcasts from Cub Foods locations in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The result? A high-energy fundraiser that raised more than $13,000 through call-in and walk-up donations!

Thank you to our friends at Radio Rey, Land O’ Lakes, and Cub Foods for their support. We’re already looking forward to next year’s event!

This family - pictured with Andrea from Radio Rey - stopped by our donation box in St. Paul.

One of our featured families visited us in Minneapolis - and dropped off money they'd collected from family and friends.

Radio Rey's colorful truck drew attention to our walk-up table.

These guys - pictured with Andrea from Radio Rey - donated $20 each!

Diego from Communidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio and his son, Rafael, stopped by to show support.